Be Water, My Friend by Ken Mochizuki

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Before Bruce Lee became an international film star he was a boy growing up in Hong in the 1940s and 1950s who loved to read, play practical jokes, and get into trouble on the street. In Hong Kong, martial arts were as popular as baseball was in the United States. Bruce studied martial arts under the watchful eye of Yip Man, the best martial arts master in Hong Kong. At first Bruce's interest was motivated purely by his desire to win more fights in the street, but he soon discovered that he was really being taught not to have to fight. Bruce Lee eventually became a pioneer of martial arts cinema, and his legacy lives on in popular culture more than thirty years after his death. But it is his boyhood journey toward self-discovery and his courage to overcome obstacles that will inspire all who search for their way in the world today.


About Ken Mochizuki

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Ken Mochizuki is the author of the award-winning Baseball Saved Us, Passage to Freedom, and Heroes, all published by Lee & Low Books. Ken's journalism background lends itself well to biographies that are well-researched and sensitively told. He and his wife live in Seattle, Washington.
Published September 1, 2006 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Mochizuki chronicles the famed and iconic actor’s early life for young readers.

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More than three decades after his death at age 32, Bruce Lee (1940–1973) remains a martial arts legend. Mochizuki and Lee, whose previous works of historical fiction (

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