"Martial arts are booming because they offer something for all ages."-Prevention
"[Martial arts] demonstrates the value of hard work, practice and consistent dedication."-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"-Los Angeles Times
"It's a kick! Kids look to martial arts for skills and attitudes missing from team sports."-The Christian Science Monitor
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 female character whom children everywhere can identify with. This engaging introduction to the world of martial arts displays what real kid power is!
Oliver Chin has written Timmy and Tammy's Train of Thought, the acclaimed Tales of the Chinese Zodiac series, The Adventures of WonderBaby, and other books. Residing in San Francisco, California, he is married with two sons.
Charlene Chua is an award-winning illustrator who has designed advertising for Dentsu and Saatchi & Saatchi, and editorial pieces for FHM, Maxim, and IGN.com. She resides in Toronto with her husband.