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Julie Black Belt
The Kung Fu Chronicles
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Julie Black Belt
The Kung Fu Chronicles

By Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
2007, 32 pages, Hardback.
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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? As perseverance becomes both a value and a habit, Julie may yet learn the life-changing power of discipline. 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 will identify with. This engaging adventure displays what true kid power is!

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"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 member and International Games Gold medallist.

"In a tangible way [martial arts] demonstrates the value of hard work, practice and consistent dedication. With the kids, it's terrific to harness all of their energy and to focus it in a positive direction."
- The Washington Post

"When a child learns about his body and also learns discipline, it can't help but benefit all of his everyday habits, ranging from schoolwork to eating."
- Los Angeles Times

"It's a kick! Kids look to martial arts for skills and attitudes missing from team sports."
- Christian Science Monitor

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Background on the Author and Illustrator

Called "an expert in Pacific Rim pop culture" by the San Jose Mercury News, Oliver Chin has written Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, The Adventures of WonderBaby and other books. His family lives in San Francisco, California.

Chariene Chua is an award-winning artist who has illustrated for Ogilvy & Mather, Dentsu, Saatchi & Saatchi, Imagine Publishing, GameAxis, and She resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her husband.

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