The Magic Black Belt

The Magic Black Belt

The Magic Black Belt

The Magic Black Belt


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Ben is thrilled when his mom signs him up for taekwondo—especially when his best friend, Emilio, signs up too. During their first class, it becomes clear that Emilio is a natural. Ben, meanwhile, struggles to keep up. He is frustrated and embarrassed . . . until he runs into Mr. Wiz, the mysterious janitor from his school, at the studio. Mr. Wiz gives Ben a black belt, and suddenly Ben’s skills start to progress. What’s behind the sudden improvement? And will the black belt help Ben come out on top when he and Emilio face off? Or will it cost him his best friend?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781669017561
Publisher: Capstone
Publication date: 01/01/2024
Series: Ben Lee
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 378,160
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Hanna Kim is a children’s book author and middle school English language arts teacher. Just like Ben, she was made fun of for her Korean lunches, and it took her some time to be proud of her culture. In her free time, Hanna loves to draw, read, make fun crafts, and eat Korean snacks. She lives in Michigan with her husband and cat, Zoro.

Emily Paik is an illustrator who lives in South Korea with two dogs, Tofu and Doona. She loves to go on adventures with her dogs and gets inspired by the colors and shapes of nature. She hopes to create illustrations that will warm people’s hearts and make them smile.


Answers a call in the marketplace for high-interest younger fiction from Asian American Pacific Islander creators—in particular ones featuring boys

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