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Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles - Chapter Sampler

Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles - Chapter Sampler

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Published by Candlewick Press
After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt -- and find a way to forgive.

This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home -- new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can’t forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella’s jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn’t happen. And maybe it doesn’t matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man?
After fathering a baby, a teenager moves in with his karate-loving uncle and tries to come to terms with his guilt -- and find a way to forgive.

This isn’t how Josh expected to spend senior year. He thought he’d be hanging out with his best friends, Dave and Caleb, driving around, partying, just like always. But here he is, miles from home -- new school, new life, living with his Jackie-Chan-obsessed uncle, Larry, and trying to forget. But Josh can’t forget. So many things bring back memories of last year and the night that changed everything. Every day the pain, the shame, and the just not knowing are never far from his thoughts. Why is he such a loser? How could he have done what he did? He finds some moments of peace when he practices karate with Stella, the girl upstairs and his one real friend. As they move together through the katas, Josh feels connected in a way he has never felt before. He wonders if they could be more than friends, but Stella’s jealous boyfriend will make sure that doesn’t happen. And maybe it doesn’t matter. If Stella knew the truth, would she still think he was a True Karate Man?

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Published by: Candlewick Press on Aug 20, 2013
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-Chapter-1
When Caleb, Dave, and I pull up to my uncle’s apart-ment building, a wave o sickness rolls up my throat andthreatens to spew across Caleb’s dashboard. I will it back down. Breathe. Te car idles at the curb, waiting or meto get out. Caleb leans orward and peers up at the build-ing as i it’s the frst time he’s seen one taller than ourstories.Which oor does he live on?” he fnally asks.Second,” I say.We’re quiet or a while, but I imagine what we’re eachthinking. Caleb:
You’re making a big mistake, man. You can’t run away from your problems. Tey always know where you are.
 
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Dave:
Tis sucks. Who am I going to party with now? Damn, I’m hungry.
Me:
What if Caleb’s right 
?Guess I better get this over with, huh?” I fnally say.Dave reaches orward rom the backseat and squeezesmy shoulder. “It’s not too late to turn around,” he says.“You can come back with us.”“Just say the word,” Caleb agrees.I shake my head beore they can start trying tochange my mind and tell me how things wouldn’t be thatbad i I stayed home. How our school is so big, it’s easy toavoid people you don’t want to see.I can’t really tell them that I don’t want to see anyone.As bad as it sounds, I don’t even want to see them, eventhough they are my best riends. Everyone reminds me o me. O who I was
am.
 Don’t want to be.“Tis sucks,” Dave says. He is a master o the obvious.“We were supposed to graduate together, man.” Caleb turns around to give him a look, like,
Shut up, you idiot.
But Dave’s right. We were supposed to leave oursorry excuse o a town together. No one was supposed tobail early.Only, that was beore.When I start to open the door, one end o the armreston the passenger door slips down. It’s duct-taped together

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