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Julie Black Belt
The Belt of Fire

Written by Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Charlene Chua

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-079-4, 10.5 x 8.5

"Julie Black Belt is a story about perseverance and serves as a great example to teach children how working hard pays off." - Northwest Asian Weekly

The long-anticipated sequel is here! In this second story, Julie continues her lessons, but she also learns the importance of friendship and the right attitude.

Julie proudly wears her yellow belt and is eager to attain her next rank: orange! Inspired by the movie star Brandy Wu, Julie now meets a new kid in her class...but is he better than her?

Julie grapples with unexpected challenges but another mentor enters the picture too. With some wise and helpful advice, can Julie earn her own Belt of Fire?

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More praise for Julie Black Belt

Brandy "Once again, Chin has provided young readers with a fun, informative and interesting story that should engage even the most reluctant reader while providing a rich source of information and thought-provoking concepts."
- CM Magazine

Julie Black Belt "On her quest for her next belt, Julie learns that it's more important to look inside at your own progress than to compare yourself to someone else. She also learns the value of co-operation. The illustrations are colourful and fun, and even when the characters are just standing still, there is a feeling of action."
- Pacific Wave Jiu Jitsu

"The lessons of perseverance, calmness, cooperation and self discipline that are learned through pursuing the martial arts are valuable life lessons.."
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- Great Prairie Area Education Agency

"I loved this book for a number of reasons. I think is this a great inspiration for girls as it promotes physical and mental strength. I think it's a great introduction to the martial arts - which is a very honorable and helpful discipline for kids of all ages... We really enjoyed this book as a read aloud."
- Squishable Baby

"My daughter was happy to see this as she too is a little ball of energy and there aren't many English books with Asian girl characters like her! The comic book style fits well with the high energy character and Chua's illustrations are great fun. We can't wait for the next Julie Black Belt book!"
- Perogies & Gyoza

"What I love about both of these books is how it takes the girl to be the heroine in a typically male sport. I also love how it brings races (Brandon is white) together to have the same goal of bettering each person. The messages are so well woven into the stories... The books themselves are written in an almost comic form, so it is a great way to expose younger children to comics and the upcoming graphic novels. I read the first book to Hazel this morning and she really liked it. She cannot wait to hear the second one."
- Crafty Moms Share

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Julie Black Belt "Highly recommended: Appealing, brightly colored illustrations bring to life this story about the values of sportsmanship and being a respectful partner or teammate, in training or any other activity."
- Midwest Book Review

"With its bright, action-packed cover in super hero style, this book will draw young readers in, especially those interested in martial arts... Girls, especially, may welcome a female protagonist in a kung fu book, but primary boys will most likely enjoy this story as well."
- Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Literature/Media

"I love the message in both books - never give up, the best things in life aren't easy, teamwork always works, and teachers are great... The story isn't just about martial arts, but more about being your best and working hard to get what you want. The Julie Black Belt books are a GREAT series for kids! I give this book and series 5 out of 5 bookworms!"
- This Kid Reviews Books

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 650L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): M
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 20