I want to say, “Yep, kiddo, it’s obvious,” but I bite my tongue.
So, today I said, “G., I know you don’t like to read, but surely you like stuff. What stuff do you like?” Without a pause, he said MMA. Now, I am getting on in years, but I have teenage sons. I thank them today that I know that MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts. Score for this mom!
I told G. that I didn’t have any books dealing with that intense and mean fighting genre, but I’d find some. I quickly emailed my awesome librarians with the request, and within an hour an aid walked seven books to my room.
No surprise that I haven’t read any of them.
Here’s what’s in the stack– I found no book trailers for any of them, which makes me a little sad, but I found a solution. Wait for it.
One Shot Away , a Wrestling Story by T. Glen Coughlin
The Long Shot by Katie Kitamura
My Father, the Angel of Death by Ray Villareal
Uncaged–My Life as a Champion MMA Fighter by Frank Shamrock
Headlock by Joyce Sweeney
Wrestling Sturbridge by Rich Wallace
BUT, the one that got my attention, and the one that will get my own sons’ reading is:
Heart for the Fight– A Marine Hero’s Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion by Brian Stann with John R. Bruning.
Check this video out. It’s better than a book trailer.