Karate Girl by Mary Leary

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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.

About Mary Leary

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Mary Leary recently graduated with an M.F.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Karate Girl is her first book. She lives in Highland, New York.
Published October 13, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Text outshines art in debut author/artist Leary's insider's view of karate, narrated by a big sister eager to avenge her bullied little brother.

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