Back Kicks and Broken Promises

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Abbott Press, Feb 7, 2012 - Fiction - 348 pages
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Ricky Gilbert’s world is about to be turned upside down.
After moving with his adopted American parents and Chinese sister from the only home he’s known in Singapore to a new one in New Jersey, the Filipino teenager finds himself feeling lost in unfamiliar surroundings and alone as the new kid in school. With the help of Max Parada, an American-born Filipino, and Amy Cho, his Korean American classmate, Ricky begins to find his place and identity through Taekwondo training.
The training, however, is more than simply kicks and punches. It becomes his guide to life as he progresses from one belt to another. Just as he begins to adjust to his new environment, however, Ricky’s world takes another hit when he discovers a secret that forces him to question who he is and what family means to him. As he tries to come to terms with what he’s learnt, he inherits a large sum of money and is faced with a major decision - stay with the family he’s known all his life or leave and become a family of one.
To help with his decision, Ricky travels to The Philippines and back to Singapore but he’s not just on a trip down memory lane. While on his quest, Ricky learns things about his father that make the two of them more alike than he’d ever thought - or even hoped - possible.

 

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Contents

Quarter Pounder with Cheese
1
Welcome to America son
12
Making Friends
20
Max
24
Black Dress Black Belts
29
Leaves and Letters
39
Dear Ricky
44
Bus Ride Observations
47
The Smell of Death
163
Confession
168
Sparring
173
Amy
183
Too Much
185
Family Visit
187
Envelopes
195
Coffee
197

White Belt
52
Hey Ricky
62
Dear Christine
68
Secret
70
Back Kick
76
Black Belt Test
80
It Must Be Love
89
Family Dinner
91
The Day After
96
Teachers Pet
100
Please leave a message
104
Ang Bahay Ng Aking Kaibigan
108
Jong
114
Announcement
118
Yellow Belt Test
122
Uncle Andrew
128
Black Dress Back Kicks
134
Inheritance
142
Mother
145
French Street
149
Messages
154
Cab Ride
159
Laying Down Tape
202
Two Eights and a Seven
208
Fake sidestep draw him in
214
VITASOY
221
Three Words
230
The Sight of Death
235
Bucket Of Ice
245
Your Own Kind
250
Square Knot
255
Mga Kapatid
259
Brown Belt
272
Going Home
278
Food Trip
283
Moving On
290
First Dan
293
A Missing Key
305
Dad
310
Arrivals
313
Back Kicks And Broken Promises
317
Black Belt
321
Not A Quarter Pounder with Cheese
324
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Juan Rader Bas is a Filipino American writer who was born in Manila and raised in Hong Kong. His work has appeared in various martial arts magazines and his screenplay, Aliens Among Us, reached the quarterfinal round of the 1996 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. When not writing, Juan trains in Taekwondo, teaches middle school Health and Physical Education, runs an after school creative writing program, coaches high school girls’ volleyball, and watches as many Arsenal matches as he can. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, son and dog.

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