by Andre J. Garant

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/31/2005

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781420874877

About the Book

            Reilly’s Black Belt features ten-year-old Reilly Hall as an ambitious boy who works toward earning his black belt in karate.  A well-skilled student when it comes to martial arts, Reilly feels that he’ll have no problem getting his black belt.  But Hunter Maxwell, the fifth grade bully at Charles Wright School, begins to distract Reilly which makes it difficult for him to concentrate on his karate.  Reilly’s two best friends, Ben and Matt, insist that Reilly should use his karate on Hunter to end the bullying, but Reilly remains faithful to his belief that martial arts should only be used as a last resort for self-defense.  Will Hunter bully Reilly to the point where he breaks down and loses all concentration, or will Reilly eventually fight back and show Hunter who’s the boss?  More importantly, how will Reilly learn to deal with his frustration and channel his energy in the most efficient manner to ensure that he earns his black belt?  This novel packed with adventure and humor is especially designed for boys in fourth and fifth grade who can benefit from learning how to deal with a bully. 

About the Author

            Andre J. Garant lives in Tolland County, Connecticut.  When he’s not busy working as an accountant, Andre enjoys writing middle-grade fiction novels for boys and girls between the ages of eight and thirteen.  Reilly’s Black Belt is one of numerous novels that Garant has published since 1999.  He is a 1991 graduate of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and is also a 1997 graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature in West Redding, Connecticut.  Garant enjoys visiting schools on a regular basis where he focuses on students in third, fourth, and fifth grade.  In addition to standard presentations where Garant speaks about all of his books, he also conducts writing workshops which can be tailored to the individual needs of each classroom.  For further information, please visit Garant’s official website at