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A Warrior's Soul

4.69  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Luke is sure his martial arts training is worthless. That's why he quit. But when Dirk and his thugs move into his school, Luke quickly realizes that he may be the only one who can save Lucy, Chuck, and his other friends from their relentless and violent gang. Only Luke can make the ultimate decision to help his friends and stand up to the gang. It's a stark choice, and on ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Wheatmark
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Kimberley Alvarez
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
About the book:

Luke is sure his martial arts training is worthless. That's why he quit. But when Dirk and his thugs move into his school, Luke quickly realizes that he may be the only one who can save Lucy, Chuck, and his other friends from their relentless and violent gang. Only Luke can make the ultimate decision to help his friends and stand up to the gang. It's a stark choice, and one he can't make alone.
A Warrior's Soul is Luke's journey as he struggles to cope with the gang, teachers who d
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Pam Wilson
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bullying is a real-life situation that MANY of our children are dealing with. SR Staley has taken this problem and put bullying victims feelings into words. As adults we need to make sure we are paying attention to our children and taking their concerns seriously. This story has taught me to pay very close attention to my children's actions to be sure that when they voice a concern it is taken seriously and that I assist them in finding a resolution to their problem. We can't assume that a schoo ...more
Sharon Martin
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
The main character, Luke, displays all the emotions and traits of a teenager who is trying to find out where he belongs and what he has to do to survive. The added problem is the school bully, Dirk and his gang have decided it is Luke's turn to receive their treatment.

Luke is confused and doesn't know how to react, especially when a couple of his close friends are hurt by Dirk and his gang. When he approaches his mam and the school authorities they don't believe him, so what option does he have
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Megan Coffie
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a "girly girl", I wasn't sure I would be able to get into this book which features a strong male lead and a very important martial arts theme. After reading the first few paragraphs, I was impressed by how engaging the writing was. The book starts with Luke being chased by the bullies who taunt him throughout the whole book. Thanks to SR Staley's powerful writing, I was transported into the story - I was hiding in the dead-end alley, being pounded by the rain as I prayed the bullies wouldn't ...more
brandy oliver
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With all of the problems and issues facing our children and teens today, a book like this is a breath of fresh air!
Genuine, quality, true to life characters that teens can actually relate to, bullies, friends, parents, school, real stuff that kids can really relate to, and a story that actually teaches in a unique way, right from wrong.
Luke has some problems with a gang at school, and is getting bullied each day. For some reason, the school officials are in a sense, also bullying Luke, by ignor
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Jennifer
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first began to read this it was hard for me to get into because I knew nothing about the culture or detail behind any form of martial arts. I quickly got past that and took the book for what it truly was, a story of how a young teenage boy deals with the struggles of bullies that seem to not be noticed.

Growing up I went through this myself with the mean girls and the young men who just didn't care what they said or did as long as it didn't hurt them. The main character describes how he de
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Rebecca Bryant
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
In A Warrior's Soul we meet Luke a young boy who is being bullying and feels frightened and helpless. Though he has martial arts training he feels he is not capable of defending himself or his friends. Through his journey of self awareness and the building of confidence we see Luke not only find himself but his voice to take a stand against bullies.


As a mom of a middle school student I found this book very intriguing coming from the view of a young boy and his daily life. With bullying being su
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Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
There is a clear sense of right-from-wrong in this book; like most children, some of the characters don't fully realize the consequences of their actions.
At the end of book, there is a selection of excellent classroom discussion questions. Asking students to identify symbolism and perspective is a critical step to advanced reading. A Warrior's Soul gives teachers and parents the opportunity to discuss with children the ways to resolve serious situations. It's difficult to find a book that will h
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Robin
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think this book should be read by young and old alike! It targets the subject of bullying of a 13 year old boy, something we see far too much of in society today. Why can't he stand up to his bully? He has been studying martial arts and he has reported the bully to the adults in his life at home and at school. Sounds all too familiar doesn't it? LOVE this book and highly recommend it!
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