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Jiu-Jitsu Girl

Hold on to your emotions for this spot on the JIU-JITSU GIRL by Jennifer Dutton Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

Check out my post and be sure to enter the giveaway! 

About The Book

Jiu-Jitsu girl book cover


Author: Jennifer Dutton

Pub. Date: January 22, 2023

Publisher: North Star Editions

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 256

Buy it Here: Amazon (blog books)

Find it: Goodreads 


What’s more terrifying than being forced into a coed combat wrestling martial art by your own mother? Sixth grade.

Angie Larson hates Jiu-Jitsu. Like many twelve-year-old girls, she fails to find the glamour in a martial art that embraces zero personal space and choking as an end goal. Seriously, people choke her, drip sweat on her face, and even wrap their legs around her neck. It’s the worst. Instead, she idolizes the seemingly perfect kids at her school who do “normal” activities like dance or soccer. But just when it seems like Angie is about to be accepted by them, her mom enrolls her in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament and begins a relationship with the sweatiest coach on the planet. And to make things more complicated, Angie develops a close friendship with a boy who is definitely not part of the “cool” crowd.

Angie must decide who she is while making some painful decisions both on and off the mat. Is she a dance girl, a soccer girl, a nothing girl . . . or a Jiu-Jitsu girl?

Reviews for Jiu-Jitsu Girl

“Dutton graciously explores how being brave means being yourself with the power to own up to your mistakes and stand up for others in times of need.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This is a positive journey to true friendship and self-confidence, certain to appeal to martial arts fans.” —School Library Journal

“A fun read from cover to cover. . . .Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.” —Midwest Book Review

Jiu-Jitsu Girl, Jennifer Dutton’s debut book, is the story of Angie Larson, a 12 year old girl wanting to fit in at her new school. If it’s not a tough enough age, add moving, starting a new school, and trying to fit in and find new friends. Angie just wants to be popular but soon finds out it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Join these great characters on an emotional journey. Well done!

About the Author

Jennifer Dutton is an author of middle grade fiction, a teacher, and a ninja. At the ripe old age of seven she started selling original manuscripts in lieu of lemonade at a neighborhood stand. This tendency progressed to a career writing in the finance industry. In need of a dramatic career change, Jennifer earned a master’s degree in education and has since worked in a variety of elementary and middle grade classrooms where she has the privilege of being a keen observer of the life experience. Her writing reflects the diversity and resilience she witnesses firsthand. After wrestling with kids during the day, she spars with adults at night. She is a black belt in taekwondo and a practitioner of mixed martial arts.

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Giveaway for Jiu-Jitsu Girl

5 winners will receive a finished copy of JIU-JITSU GIRL, US Only.

Ends March 28th, midnight EST.

Don’t miss the chance to enter this one! Enter here and good luck to you!

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