Willamette Writers member Jason Brick’s YA novel Wrestling Demons (not a pipe publishing) was released in print and on Kindle on June 19, 2017. This story weaves elements of Japanese folklore with martial arts, high school sports, and the general angst of being a teenager in a modern world.
“Wrestling Demons” is Book 1 of the Bushido Chronicles, and has been favorably compared to the works of Rick Riordan, Terry Pratchett, and Rich Wallace.
“Wrestling Demons” is Book 1 of the Bushido Chronicles
Varsity wrestler Connor Morgan and his mother moved to Portland, Oregon to get away from his drug-addicted father, but they didn’t move away from trouble. At his new high school, three heavyweight wrestlers chase him through the halls. He runs away, in his underwear, past the girl he likes, into the January cold.
Then something weird happens.
The next thing Connor knows, he is fighting for his life against supernatural evil with the help of new friends as he learns the powers and dangers of his new destiny. The stakes rise as he discovers a powerful enemy bent on destroying more than just his high school. Ultimately, he must embrace his role in an ancient fight if he wants to save the day.
And he still has to get good grades and a date for the prom.
“Written in the straightforward style of Gary Paulsen with a dash of Terry Pratchett’s magic” — Debby Dodds, author of “Amish Guys Don’t Call”
“Developed well beyond the typical YA sports story, Brick infuses the value of true friendship and the strong ties of family in the teen years, in times when hopelessness, anxiety, and sadness can be overwhelming.” — Heather Ransom, author of “Going Green”
“Reading Wrestling Demons is an enjoyable workout for the body and soul, and you’ll turn the last page feeling refreshed and stronger than you were on the first.” — Benjamin Gorman, high school librarian.
Find out more on Jason Brick’s website.