Living With Jackie Chan
Living with Jackie Chan
Living With Jackie Chan
Jo Knowles
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? Readers first met Josh in Jumping Off Swings which told the story of four high school students and how one pregnancy changed all of their lives. In thiscompanion book, they follow Josh as he tries to come to terms with what happened, and find a way to forgive.

Book Details


  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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When Josh goes to his uncle Larry's house to escape the past, funny things are bound to happen. Larry is a happy-go-lucky person who teaches karate. Josh has left behind his two best friends and his parents and moved four hours away. He leaves behind his haunting past which he hopes to forget. His uncle, who is completely Jackie Chan obsessed, helps Josh see the good in himself. Josh finds the positive in his journey by falling in like with a girl. The girl's name is Stella and she has a jealous boyfriend named Britt. Stella helps Josh live with his past and move on.

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