Bump book launch with Matt Wallace in conversation with Greg van Eekhout

Find courage and wrestle on!

Bump book cover

Once Upon A Time presents Matt Wallace and his middle grade debut novel Bump in conversation with fellow author Greg van Eekhout. MJ is a character you will root for in and out of the ring and a fun read for ages 9+.

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Perfect for fans of Kelly Yang, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds' Track series!

About Bump: A moving and triumphant middle grade contemporary debut from award-winning author Matt Wallace about a heroic young girl--who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler--learning to find courage and fight for what she loves.

MJ knows what it means to hurt. Bruises from gymnastics heal, but big hurts--like her dad not being around anymore--don't go away. Now her mom needs to work two jobs, and MJ doesn't have friends at school to lean on.

There is only one thing MJ loves: the world of professional wrestling. She especially idolizes the luchadores and the stories they tell in the ring. When MJ learns that her neighbor, Mr. Arellano, runs a wrestling school, she has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, and become a wrestler.

But trouble lies ahead. After wrestling in a showcase event, MJ attracts the attention of Mr. Arellano's enemy at the State Athletic Commission. There are threats to shut the school down, putting MJ's new home--and the community that welcomed her--at risk. What can MJ do to save her new family?

Matt Wallace author photo credit Edward Earl Newton

About the author: Matt Wallace is the Hugo–winning author of Rencor: Life in Grudge City, the Sin du Jour series, and Savage Legion. He’s also penned over one hundred short stories in addition to writing for film and television. In his youth he traveled the world as a professional wrestler, unarmed combat, and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full-time. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nikki. You can visit him at www.matt-wallace.com.

Greg Van eekhout author photo provided by author

About the moderator: Greg van Eekhout lives in San Diego, California, with his astronomy/physics professor wife and two dogs. He's worked as an educational software developer, ice-cream scooper, part-time college instructor, and telemarketer. Being a writer is the only job he's ever actually liked. You can find more about Greg at his website: www.writingandsnacks.com.

Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9780062686015
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: HarperCollins - May 7th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780062686039
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: HarperCollins - December 8th, 2020

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