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by
Matt Wallace

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCo
Imprint
Katherine Tegen
ISBN
9780063007987
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Language: Mild Language , Violence: Mild Violence
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A moving and triumphant middle grade contemporary debut from award-winning author Matt Wallace about a heroic young girl—who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler—learning to find courage and fight for what she loves.

MJ knows what it means to hurt. Bruises from gymnastics heal, but big hurts—like her dad not being around anymore—don’t go away. Now her mom needs to work two jobs, and MJ doesn’t have friends at school to lean on.

There is only one thing MJ loves: the world of professional wrestling. She especially idolizes the luchadores and the stories they tell in the ring. When a chance encounter with her neighbor Mr. Arellano reveals that he runs a wrestling school, MJ has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, become a wrestler. Once MJ starts training at Victory Academy, she feels like the hurts in her life are beginning to heal.

But trouble lies ahead. After wrestling in a showcase event, MJ attracts the attention of Mr. Arellano’s enemy at the State Athletic Commission. There are threats to shut the school down, putting MJ’s new home—and the community that welcomed her—at risk. What can MJ do to save her new family?

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language , Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Sports, Realistic Fiction

Topics

Wrestling. Sports and recreation. Family life. Single-parent families. Friendship. Luchadores.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

A “bump” is the act of a wrestler hitting the mat. While this can appear painful to the audience, 12 year- old MJ knows what can really hurt. She has felt a whole lot of hurt this past year with grief, mean girls, and moving homes. The only thing MJ loves is professional wrestling and when she finds out her new neighbor is a former luchador and runs a wrestling school, she feels a sense of hope returning to her life. While she practices her new wrestling abilities, her pain begins to fade with the introduction of friendships and courage. Just as she is finding her place, an unknown ­enemy threatens to take down the school and her courage must be tested. MJ’s character will resonate with readers as she learns to be proud of herself, navigate her grief, and build new relationships. While parts of the story lack fluidity, the climax of the plot keeps readers on the edge of their seats, cheering on this young heroine. VERDICT A unique middle grade story celebrating family, culture, and, of course, lucha libre wrestling. Hand this title to fans of Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl or Jason Reynolds’s Ghost.–Julie Jesernik, Warrenville P.L., IL

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

A “bump” is the act of a wrestler hitting the mat. While this can appear painful to the audience, 12 year- old MJ knows what can really hurt. She has felt a whole lot of hurt this past year with grief, mean girls, and moving homes. The only thing MJ loves is professional wrestling and when she finds out her new neighbor is a former luchador and runs a wrestling school, she feels a sense of hope returning to her life. While she practices her new wrestling abilities, her pain begins to fade with the introduction of friendships and courage. Just as she is finding her place, an unknown ­enemy threatens to take down the school and her courage must be tested. MJ’s character will resonate with readers as she learns to be proud of herself, navigate her grief, and build new relationships. While parts of the story lack fluidity, the climax of the plot keeps readers on the edge of their seats, cheering on this young heroine. VERDICT A unique middle grade story celebrating family, culture, and, of course, lucha libre wrestling. Hand this title to fans of Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl or Jason Reynolds’s Ghost.–Julie Jesernik, Warrenville P.L., IL

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