After a bullying incident at school, Mary Leary’s young heroine joins a karate class. But karate, she learns, is not simply a method of self-defense. It also helps develop confidence and concentration. "To be sure enough of oneself to avoid a fight – that is what karate is about," her teacher, the sensei, tells her. So begins a firsthand look at what being a karate student is really like, from the special uniform and classroom to the rigorous exercises and practice sessions. Becoming a karate girl takes dedication and hard work.
With pictures and text brimming with sass and spunky style, Mary Leary charts the course of a girl getting ready to face new challenges – at the dojo and on the sidewalk after school.
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Published October 13, 2003
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR).
Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.