Winning the Battle
By Stephanie Perry Moore & Derrick Moore
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Alec London Series #4
About the book:
When Alec starts 5th grade he’s a little upset that his dad is now the principle and therefore he’ll have to deal with getting picked on by the other kids. With his mom in Hollywood, his grandma sick, the school bully threatening him and his dad wrapped up with his job, Alec feels alone and pressured.
Karate lessons seem to be the fix-it-all cure Alec’s needing, but he soon finds that karate, and the karate teacher, isn’t all he thought it would be. Struggling with school, housework and relationship issues leaves Alec learning to rely more on God.
Why I chose the book:
It’s really hard for me to find contemporary Middle Grade fiction (which is what I write) that has a good message. It’s even harder to find contemporary MG fiction that’s written for boys. When I saw the book I was excited and requested it right away.
What I thought:
I didn’t realize that the book was the forth in the series so I’m guessing there was some background that I would have been able to grasp better if I had read the first three books before this one, but really I didn’t feel lost at all.
I really enjoyed the book. It wasn’t fast paced; it was very much of a character driven book (compared to a plot driven book), and I like that.
It was easy to relate to Alec. He was just a normal kid who was going through a hard time and had a clear, easy-going way of explaining how he felt about stuff. There were a lot of times when he was just like “I’m frustrated and I don’t even know why.” I liked that because I can relate to the feeling. Plus, his way of praying throughout the book was pretty cool, because it was just so real. A lot of times I feel like skimming over prayers in books, but not Alec’s.
There were word search puzzles at the end of each chapter and even though I didn’t actually do them, I thought the idea was really cool. Plus, a letter to his mom which I really liked.
The only thing I didn’t like: There was a little bit of a thing going on with Alec liking a girl which I thought was a bit premature for a fifth grader but it was handled well and was a very minor part.
The book was written by a husband/wife team which I think is really, really cool. I enjoyed it a lot and will hopefully be reading more in the future.
I’m giving it four stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.