Jarrett Bell


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Holly Thompson, School, Bullying, Poetry

Document Type

Book Review


Jason Parker is an American foreigner in sixth-grade attending a Japanese public school. Despite the advice of his parents to keep his head held high, Jason keeps his head low to avoid detection and constant harassment at his local middle school in Japan. He finds himself in a culture that condones corporal punishment and turns a blind eye to bullying, and the locals find every excuse to harass Jason just because he is different. His only solace is his brave little sister and his ability to find his center in the Aikido martial arts.