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Bump

(2021)
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A moving and triumphant middle grade contemporary debut from award-winning author Matt Wallace about a heroic young girl—who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler—learning to find courage and fight for what she loves. Perfect for fans of Kelly Yang, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds' Track series!

MJ knows what it means to hurt. Bruises from gymnastics heal, but big hurts—like her dad not being around anymore—don’t go away. Now her mom needs to work two jobs, and MJ doesn’t have friends at school to lean on.

There is only one thing MJ loves: the world of professional wrestling. She especially idolizes the luchadores and the stories they tell in the ring. When MJ learns that her neighbor, Mr. Arellano, runs a wrestling school, she has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, and become a wrestler.

But trouble lies ahead. After wrestling in a showcase event, MJ attracts the attention of Mr. Arellano’s enemy at the State Athletic Commission. There are threats to shut the school down, putting MJ’s new home—and the community that welcomed her—at risk. What can MJ do to save her new family?

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"My favorite books have two things: A world I’ve never seen before and a great character to experience it with. Bump delivers both in a heartfelt, powerful way. I loved stepping into the world of small-time professional wrestling with M.J. I winced every time she took a hit inside the ring and out, and I cheered every time she got up. What a great middle-grade debut. I truly cannot wait to see what Matt Wallace does next." - Greg Van Eekhout

"Matt Wallace makes every pro-wrestling fan's dream come true in Bump. Not only does he know his way around a wrestling ring—he'll have you booing at the heels and cheering for the faces, just like you would ringside—but he knows how to tell a story. Middle-school gymnast turned wrestler MJ isn't just trying to find herself, but the courage to be herself, in a world where cliques, cruelty, unfairness, and grief beat you down. But Bump teaches you that, in life and Lucha, there's always a surprise move that can save you from defeat and pin your opponent—and your fears—down." - Carlos Hernandez

"I love kids with big dreams, and MJ is a heroine to root for. Bump introduces readers to the world of professional wrestling while also telling a story about grief, friends that become family, and finding your voice. An entertaining and heartwarming read!" - Janae Marks

"This book did a pile drive on my heart. I was so quickly captivated by MJ as she navigated grief and excitement, fear and joy. Reading Bump is having ringside seats to a touching, hilarious story that the world so desperately needs right now." - Mark Oshiro


Used availability for Matt Wallace's Bump

Hardback Editions

January 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bump
Author(s): Matt Wallace
ISBN: 0-06-300798-3 / 978-0-06-300798-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

January 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bump
Author(s): Matt Wallace
ISBN: 0-06-300799-1 / 978-0-06-300799-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

January 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: Bump
Author(s): Matt Wallace
ISBN: 1-79994-776-9 / 978-1-79994-776-9
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon AU   


January 2021 : Audio CD
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Title: Bump
Author(s): Matt Wallace
ISBN: 1-79994-777-7 / 978-1-79994-777-6
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bump
Author(s): Matt Wallace
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


January 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bump
Author(s): Matt Wallace
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bump
Author(s): Matt Wallace
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA