Choppy Socky Blues

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 259 pages
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Jason Smallfield's dad is every kid's ultimate role model—a movie stuntman with a black belt in karate. But to Jason, he's a top-ranking creep for lying and chucking his family. To help make sure he ends up nothing like his dad, Jason is doing all he can to be as different from him as humanly possible. And that means giving up the one thing he loves most: karate.

His plan to be a non-creep is going well until he meets Tinga, a beautiful girl who tells him that she's testing for her blue belt soon. After sputtering that he's about to test for the same rank, Jason realizes he's in deep trouble. Because there's only one person who can get him ready in time . . .


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fourteen-year-old Jason Smallfield comes to understand that things are not always as they seem in a coming-of-age novel that packs a punch. Jason's father is a well-known movie stuntman, an expert in ... Read full review

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Ed Briant is a professional illustrator, writer, and the creator and illustrator of the comic strip "Tales from the Slush Pile," a popular comic strip appearing online at Publishers Weekly'sChildren's Bookshelf. He has two daughters, teaches illustration, and occasionally practices roundhouse kicks in the kitchen when he thinks nobody is watching. Choppy Socky Blueswas his first book for young adults. Briant grew up in Brighton, England and now lives in Savannah, GA. He can be found online at

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