Seven Wheels of Power (Black Belt Club #1)

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Overview


A $2.99 value-priced edition of one of our best and brightest action/adventure series.

In this high-drama action novel, four members of the elite Black Belt Club set off on a daring adventure to save the world from an evil force that can only be stopped if they use their martial arts skills and karate-spirit powers to work together. Full of high-kicks, blocks, and intelligent problem-solving, here is a new series sure to pack a punch.
This series is heavily illustrated by comic book artist Bernard Chang, best known for his work for DC and Marvel Comics, including issues of Superman, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Daredevil.

Four youngsters from a hometown karate school are secretly part of an elite club that must defend the world against an evil power.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This is a notable but flawed attempt at combining text and comics. Max, a young black belt, is invited to join the Black Belt Club, a secret team of young karate students. He lacks confidence in his abilities, particularly when compared to the other three members of the team. Despite his insecurity, he joins them on a journey to a mystical land where they must rescue the world-sustaining Tree of Life. Its trunk holds seven wheels of power, which are stolen by the villainous Master Mundi. Along the way, the young people overcome many obstacles, bicker among themselves, and tap into their inner resources. Every page includes black-and-white cartoons or comic-book panels with dialogue balloons. Some readers may be able to ride the story out on the strength of its action sequences, but this disjointed tale will leave others confused. There are also several instances where plot points appear lost in the transition between words and images. In addition, the depiction of the multiracial team walks a thin line between inclusion and tokenism. In particular, the Native-American character is little more than a stereotype. To the book's credit, the positive, nonviolent aspects of karate are encouraged throughout, but the lack of a glossary is unfortunate. Try Jon Scieszka's "The Time Warp Trio" or Joanna Cole's "Magic School Bus" chapter books for more coherent, illustrated action/information series.-Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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A hybrid format-part blocks of text, part graphic-novel-style cartoon panels-revs up this unvarnished karate adventure. Battling a sense of inadequacy, 11-year-old Max joins a trio of preteen black belts in doing battle with the evil Death Master, who has stolen the Tree of Life's seven wheels, or energy centers, or (as the author explains in her afterword) chakras. This naturally entails much kicking, punching, and exercising of inner good qualities, interleaved with family issues, internecine bickering, and words of wisdom from both Sensei Dawn (a character, as well as the author) and a turbaned Sage. Veteran comics artist Chang creates simply designed black and white strips and single panels for every page, featuring young folk in karate gis squaring off against an array of oversized, over-muscled, often toothy adversaries. Though the closing gallery of karate blocks and attacks is hedged with dangerously perfunctory cautions, readers swept along by the nonstop action will have encountered compensatory doses of karate principles and dojo etiquette along the way. Future episodes, plus a feature film and other marketing ventures, are in the works. (Fiction. 9-11)First printing of 55,000; film rights to Hand Picked Films
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545010290
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: The Black Belt Club Series , #1
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Great Book

    This was a great book about martial arts and friendship. I could not put it down. My Mom and I read it in one day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    the best book for a karate kid

    I really liked even though I only read two chapters so far. It makes me want to read the whole series. then I will read the karate club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2005

    A secret misson for the Black Belt Club!

    The Black Belt Club is off on a secret mission! The darkest force in the universe has threatened the world. Can Max find the courage to help his friends complete the mission? They will call on all of the skills they have learned in karate class to save the world. Along the way, they must learn to help and trust each other. Second graders and up will enjoy this fast-paced story. Readers will be captured by the story/comic book format. Children who are interested in adventure stories and karate will especially like this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    This book was great for the imagination of a young child.

    My 8-year-old son loved this book. He does not usually enjoy reading. He actually grabbed the book out of my hand when I told him it was time for bed. He read the rest of the book by himself. I agree that for an adult the storyline may not compare to a Grisham novel, but this was written for kids and my son didn't want to put the book down. That makes the book worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    kole's mom

    initially, my son (seven years old at the time) did not want to read this book. it sat on his bookshelf for a few days. then, after mucn coaxing, he bagan to read it, EVERYWHERE! he read it in bed, at the breakfast table, you name it. he even stopped playing electronic games!! my son finished the book in three days and could tell you the entire story. now, he has loaned it to a friend. we are now awaiting book number 2.

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