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Trembath, Don. The big show.

(The Black Belt Series). Orca. 128p. c2003. 1-55143-266-8. $6.95. J

Charlie, Sidney, and Jeffrey all need to prove to their mothers that they are not going to go through life as failures. Charlie has spent his first 12 years fearing his sister; Sidney is a kid who likes to get in trouble; Jeffrey has lived in the shadow of his overprotective mother. Sensei Duncan has the answer to their problem--the annual Big Show Sparring Tournament. Each of the three resolves to do his best to win the event. Of course, getting their mothers to sign the form and pay the fee is quite a challenge in itself.

An unknown factor is Derek, a new kid who auditions for Sensei to gain entry into the tournament. As the tournament proceeds Charlie is the first one out, but he has proved to himself and the others that he can stick to his plan. Derek has been acting like head hits have really made contact, which causes his opponents to lose points as that is against the rules. Sidney puts aside his drive to win to help Jeffrey against Derek.

This book is an easy read and, as popular as karate is with YAs, should be purchased. It's not heavy on karate lingo, so readers who don't take lessons would enjoy this book as well. Stacey Conrad, Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Date:Sep 1, 2003
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