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julie black belt the kung fu chronicles

$15.95 USA, Children's Picture Book
ISBN: 1-59702-009-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-59702-009-1
8.5 x 10.5 inches, 36 pages

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9/15/07 Oliver Chin: JBB: Foster City Public Library 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA, (650) 574-4842, 10:30 am.
9/19/07 Oliver Chin: JBB :Oakley Library, 1050 Neroly Road, CA, 925-625-2400, 4 pm.
9/22-23/07 San Francisco Dragon Boat Festival: Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
9/25/07 Oliver Chin: JBB: Books, Inc. - Laurel Village, San Francisco, CA, 7 pm.
9/29/07 Oliver Chin: JBB: Books, Inc., 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA, 510-522-2226, 11 am.
9/29/07 Charlene Chua: JBB: Toronto Public Library Wychwood branch, Ontario, Canada, 10 am.
10/6/07 Eastwind Books, 2066 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 3 pm
10/13/07 Dog Eared Books, 900 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 10:30 am
10/10/07 KidQuake 2007: San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 11 am
11/3/07 Avid Reader Bookstore, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento, CA, 95818, 10:30 am.
11/3/07 Children's Book and Gift Faire, Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5625-24th Street, Sacramento, CA, noon
11/6/07 San Francisco Library - Richmond branch, Richmond Police Station Community Room, 461 6th Avenue, San Francisco, 11 am.

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"[This] is the kind of picture book I wished we read while we were taking karate. I really like that the main character is a girl with dreamy notions of becoming a black belt but gets daunted by the actual training. This is the reality of karate - it's a marathon, not a sprint! But like karate, the act of doing and not giving up pays dividends in areas that cross beyond physical training: self-control, self-discipline, and self-confidence. Julie Black Belt's message also has an overarching theme of perseverance - that achievement results from consistent hard work."
- Pragmatic Mom

When Julie takes a kung fu class, she thinks getting a black belt will be easy. But her bold teacher says guess again! As reality doesn't match her expectations, Julie wonders what would her matinee idol Brandy Wu do?

Can Julie take her lessons to heart? Only then can this "white belt" pass her next test to show her brother, parents, and heroine this sport's true spirit.

Colorful and energetic illustrations capture both high-flying action and purposeful reflection. Julie is a refreshing character whom children everywhere can identify with. This engaging tale of "kung fu enlightening" shows what real kid power is!


"It’s a positive tale that encourages hard work and persistence and it’s entertaining and charming to boot. Written by Oliver Chin and illustrated by Charlene Chua, this book does a good job of teaching the discipline of martial arts and the lesson that hard work pays off."
- Ain't it Cool News

"The exuberant digital illustrations show Julie's journey from enthusiastic beginner to struggling novice to poised and confident student...youngsters interested in the sport will be thrilled to follow Julie's adventures. Other readers may also learn something from Julie's determination to meet her goals."
- Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

"Julie Black Belt and its wonderful imagery are a great introduction for young readers into the world of martial arts."
- Phillip Wong, 13-time national and international Wushu Grand Champion, and Zhang Hong Mei, China's National Wushu Team, International Games Gold medallist.

"[martial arts] demonstrates the value of hard work, practice and consistent dedication."
- The Washington Post

"Such a great combination of stunning pictures and gripping story. I absolutely love the illustrations."
- Anna Tharyan, Toronto Public Library

"Immedium has created yet another children’s book with a story and graphics sure to entertain readers of all ages."
- Boutique Cafe

"I would certainly suggest Julie Black Belt to my students and their parents, as it seems to
reflect what many kids think about in relation to the martial arts experience."
- David Marshall, Empty Hands martial arts studio, San Francisco, CA

"Julie Black Belt looks positively wonderful!
I just checked out some of the preview pages on the website. I can't wait to snag a copy."
- Alan Lau, Ghostbot

"It is wonderful ! It was fantastic of how the Chinese cultural was incorporated in the storyline!...Congratulations!!
- Karen Dea, Wa Sung Community Service Club

"In Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles, the ingenious illustrations of Charlene Chua drive the narrative as writer Oliver Chin offers clever stealth lessons, affirming the rewards of dedication and practice. This charming volume makes Kung Fu fun & appealing - it's a book both my young children will want to read over and over!"
- Steve Lafler, graphic novelist

"I recommend this book. The characters' constant state of motion adds excitement to the story. The kung fu classes are filled with male and female racially diverse students, and their cartoon-like appearance will appeal to children. When children read Julie's story they will understand how important and beneficial it can be to keep going despite difficulties. Julie's tireless effort and enthusiastic attitude create a positive ending to this story."
- Resource Links

"Idolizing the movie actress Brandy Wu, Julie confidently accepts her parents' offer to enroll in a kung fu class in Oliver Chin's delightful Julie Black Belt: The Kung Fu Chronicles. But getting a black belt won't be easy since her teacher says every beginner must start with a white one. Julie wonders what her big screen idol would do...Find out through Charlene Chua's lively illustrations in this engaging and empowering read."
- Audrey Magazine, Oct/Nov 2007 issue

"Evocative of graphic novels, the illustrations will catch readers' attention. They portray the range of emotions that Julie and the other characters experience and also present the characters in 'action shots,' which will appeal to younger readers and draw them into the story. Many of the illustrations are mid-action sequences that will give readers the impression that they are watching a movie instead of reading a book with static pictures."
- CM magazine

"As society progresses away from gender stereotypes, it is nice to see children's literature doing the same. Growing up in the '90s, I spent my childhood wondering why all the heroes were male and females characters who needed saving. Julie Black Belt by Oliver Chin is a shining example of how things have changed for the better... Julie gives young girls many positive values to emulate: Try new things, work hard, follow your dreams, and most of all, never lose hope." - Sampan


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