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Karate Countdown

Karate Countdown

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Karate Countdown

51 pages
25 minutes
May 1, 2013


When Kenny's anger problem gets out of control, his father signs him up for karate lessons. But even in karate class, Kenny can't get a grip on his temper. He's getting a reputation for being angry. With help from his karate teacher, will Kenny be able to calm down long enough to focus and win? .
May 1, 2013

About the author

Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.

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Karate Countdown - Jake Maddox


Chapter 1: Trouble

Chapter 2: Robes

Chapter 3: Sensei

Chapter 4: Monday

Chapter 5: Control

Chapter 6: Meltdown

Chapter 7: Benched

Chapter 8: Counting

Chapter 9: The Big Day

About the Author

About the Illustrator


Karate Words You Should Know

More about Karate

Discussion Questions

Writing Prompts

Internet Sites


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Kenny Parks leaned against the passenger window of his dad’s car. They were driving down Elm Street after a meeting with the principal at Kenny’s school. The school year had just started, and Kenny was already in trouble.

I’m pretty disappointed with you, Ken, his dad said. I really thought that this year was going to be different from last year.

Ever since his mother died, Kenny seemed to get in trouble all the time. For some reason, Kenny would get angry very easily. He would talk back to teachers. Sometimes he even yelled at them.

I just wish I knew why you can’t get along with any of your teachers, his dad said as he turned onto their street.

Kenny shrugged. It’s not my fault, Dad, he said. Teachers never like me!

Kenny dropped his head. His mom had been a teacher, but that was a long time ago. Look, Dad, I’m sorry, Kenny said.

Dad parked the car in front of their house. I know you’re sorry, Ken, he said. You’re always sorry, but nothing has changed. I think it’s time to do something about this.

Kenny felt his face get hot. What do you mean? he asked.

"Well, when I

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