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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. 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 job 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. 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 a chance encounter with her neighbor Mr. Arellano reveals that he runs a wrestling school, MJ has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, become a wrestler. Once MJ starts training at Victory Academy, she feels like the hurts in her life are beginning to heal. 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?


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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. 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 job 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. 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 a chance encounter with her neighbor Mr. Arellano reveals that he runs a wrestling school, MJ has a new mission in life: join the school, train hard, become a wrestler. Once MJ starts training at Victory Academy, she feels like the hurts in her life are beginning to heal. 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?

30 review for Bump

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus MJ is having a hard time of it. Her father is no longer with the family, and because of this, she and her mother have moved to a smaller apartment. At school, members of the gymnastics team are nasty to her, and since she isn't participating any more, she's finding it hard to find friends to sit with at lunch. When she realizes that there is a wrestling ring in her neighbor's yar, she goes to investigate, only to have Mr. Arrelano yell at her. He later comes to ap E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus MJ is having a hard time of it. Her father is no longer with the family, and because of this, she and her mother have moved to a smaller apartment. At school, members of the gymnastics team are nasty to her, and since she isn't participating any more, she's finding it hard to find friends to sit with at lunch. When she realizes that there is a wrestling ring in her neighbor's yar, she goes to investigate, only to have Mr. Arrelano yell at her. He later comes to apologize, and MJ, who has watched lucha libre wrestling avidly for a long time, is thrilled that he runs a wrestling school called Victory Academy. Even though she is young and small, she convinces "Papi" (Mr. Arrelano) to let her train. Her mother isn't thrilled, but lets her do it. The training is everything that MJ wants, and even the sore muscles from "bumping" (falling onto the floor in order to avoid injury). Eventually, she enters a fight because someone is unable to make it, and her use of gymnastics causes the video of the event to go viral. This causes a lot of mixed emotions-- some other wrestlers are jealous, Papi is worried about her safety, and MJ herself is afraid to let her mother know how much she is wrestling. Mr. Corto, who has been fining the gym for numerous minor infractions and trying to close it down, decides that MJ is being endangered after she almost catches someone releasing rats at the gym, and tries to close down Victory Academy. Can MJ make peace with her father's absence, the mean girls at school, and her participation in wrestling while trying to solve the mystery behind the threats to the gym. Strengths: MJ was a really well balanced, out spoken character who knew what she wanted and tried everything she could to make it happen. I love characters like that. She has some issues with loss and grief to deal with, but does so (eventually) in a constructive way. There are tons of details about wrestling-- practice, techniques, competitions-- that clearly show Mr. Wallace's experience with the sport. The mystery of the gym being sabotaged adds a nice extra layer. I loved MJ's mom, and thought she was realistically portrayed. Weaknesses: Mr. Corto was a bit over-the-top evil for me, but the target demographic is much fonder of clear cut villains than I am. What I really think: I really enjoyed this, but I don't know that my students will have any idea what luche libre wrestling is. Because of the title, I kept thinking this was about volleyball. THAT'S a topic that is much in demand but for which there are hardly any books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. If there is another middle grade novel about a girl who loves pro-wrestling, I haven't heard of it. That being said, if there is only one, this is a great one to do the job. I really enjoyed MJ's journey. For the girls out there who do love wrestling, I think they'll love this, and for the readers who don't (or who aren't girls!), I think will still really enjoy MJ as a character, and her story. I received this e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. If there is another middle grade novel about a girl who loves pro-wrestling, I haven't heard of it. That being said, if there is only one, this is a great one to do the job. I really enjoyed MJ's journey. For the girls out there who do love wrestling, I think they'll love this, and for the readers who don't (or who aren't girls!), I think will still really enjoy MJ as a character, and her story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    MJ is having a bad year. It’s her first year at middle school, which is difficult enough, but her dad not being around anymore is the worst. And she didn’t want to be on the gymnastics team this year, not since she was bullied and felt excluded, despite being one of the best gymnasts on the team. And since her dad left, MJ and her mother had to move out of their house, and now her mother has to work two jobs and take online classes. MJ doesn’t have any friends, so she spends her lunch time watch MJ is having a bad year. It’s her first year at middle school, which is difficult enough, but her dad not being around anymore is the worst. And she didn’t want to be on the gymnastics team this year, not since she was bullied and felt excluded, despite being one of the best gymnasts on the team. And since her dad left, MJ and her mother had to move out of their house, and now her mother has to work two jobs and take online classes. MJ doesn’t have any friends, so she spends her lunch time watching wrestling videos of luchadores, Mexican wrestlers who wear masks and wrestle with an entertaining, energetic style. Without friends or afterschool activities, she just sits alone in her room after school flying her drone. It had been a gift from her father before he’d left. But when it crashes into a neighbor’s yard, MJ decides to go after it and discovers an old wrestling ring in her neighbor’s yard. It turns out her neighbor used to be a lucha wrestler, and now he owns a training school for wrestlers. MJ wants to join her neighbor’s wrestling school more than anything, and after wearing her mother down, the two strike a deal. MJ has to keep her grades up, and if she gets seriously hurt then she’ll have to stop, but her mother agrees to let her wrestle. Since she’s only 12, it takes her some convincing to get her neighbor to let her in the school, but she wears him down too and gets ready to start training as a wrestler. At first, she’s paired with an older girl to learn the basics of wrestling—how to interact with another wrestler in the ring and how to fall down without getting hurt. As the weeks of training go on, she learns more about what it takes to have a match. She builds her endurance and expands her in-ring skills. She even gets to try out some simple matches before a small audience in their weekly wrestling shows. But when an investigator with the State Athletic Commission comes to do his inspection, MJ gets a bad feeling, like the inspector has a problem with her neighbor and is trying extra hard to shut down the wrestling school. This is the first thing in months that has made MJ happy, and she doesn’t want to lose that. But will she be able to help save the school that means so much to her? Bump by former professional wrestler Matt Wallace is a heart-warming story of healing and self-discovery told in the world of lucha wrestling. Filled with lots of heart, some sadness, some courage, lots of bumps and bruises, and a respect for professional wresting, this novel for young girls will encourage and inspire them to follow their dreams no matter what. As MJ learns, it doesn’t matter how much you get knocked down. What matters is how often you get back up. I loved Bump. It has a sweetness that can’t be denied. I admit I’m a later-in-life fan of professional wrestling. I didn’t pay much attention to it until I met my current boyfriend, who as been a lifelong fan. But I have come to respect the hard work and athleticism it takes to be a good wrestler and to admire the stories these athletes tell through their actions. MJ is a fantastic character, and her journey is one that I’m glad to have witnessed. She has a lot of heart and a lot of spunk, and I think she sets a wonderful example to readers of all ages who read about her experiences in and out of the ring. I only wish I could have read this when I was a kid. Her courage would have inspired me to be stronger against the bullies and mean girls I knew through the years. Egalleys for Bump were provided by HarperCollins Children’s Books through NetGalley, with many thanks.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Thomas

    Have any of your students ever felt like they were participating in something for someone else's benefit? Like they didn't truly belong where they were? MJ was on the gymnastics team and the girls are nasty to her since she isn't participating anymore. Struggling at school, and with issues at home (father leaving), she is finding it harder and harder to fit in at school and find friends. THEN her attention is focused on this wrestling ring in her neighbor's yard. Luca Libre wrestling is somethin Have any of your students ever felt like they were participating in something for someone else's benefit? Like they didn't truly belong where they were? MJ was on the gymnastics team and the girls are nasty to her since she isn't participating anymore. Struggling at school, and with issues at home (father leaving), she is finding it harder and harder to fit in at school and find friends. THEN her attention is focused on this wrestling ring in her neighbor's yard. Luca Libre wrestling is something that MJ has watched for a very long time and soon learns that her neighbor runs a wrestling school called Victory Academy. (This soon reminds me so much of Miguel on Cobra Kai, if you have seen the show) MJ's mother is not excited about her desired endeavor, but eventually allows. MJ finds herself immersed in a sport that was everything she needed in that moment, and with a coach that pushes her and she loves it (even the constant bruises and sore muscles from "bumping" - falling onto the floor to avoid injury). MJ lands her first fight and a lot of worry comes in from all directions - even Mr. Corto who has been after the gym for quite some time trying to shut it down (SEE so many Cobra Kai connections your students could be making). MJ has to find strength and courage to battle her own demons while trying to keep the gym from getting shut down. Themes for the classroom: family dynamics, sports (wrestling), grief, mystery, "mean girls", persistence, community, finding yourself I will absolutely book talk Bump to my students and I know with my demographics I will have a lot of students who are interested. A lot of girls here participate in "boy" type sports. Also, a wide range of my students have knowledge of lucha libre wrestling and I know would love to read just to have something to talk about with their parents.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jes Smith

    MJ understands pain. The pain of not having any friends, pain at losing a father, and always being seen as an outsider. Her life changes when a drone she's flying lands in her neighbor's backyard. A whole new world opens up to her when she discovers her neighbor is a retired pro-wrestler and a school coach. Wrestling was something she and her father both loved. Now all she has to do is convince her mother it is safe. MJ finds a home in the gym. The other wrestlers take her "under their wings" and MJ understands pain. The pain of not having any friends, pain at losing a father, and always being seen as an outsider. Her life changes when a drone she's flying lands in her neighbor's backyard. A whole new world opens up to her when she discovers her neighbor is a retired pro-wrestler and a school coach. Wrestling was something she and her father both loved. Now all she has to do is convince her mother it is safe. MJ finds a home in the gym. The other wrestlers take her "under their wings" and give her advice in and out of the ring. When one man's anger threatens to shut down the gym forever, MJ fights to save the gym she loves. I love how strong MJ is. She understands the pain and her feelings, but she doesn't deny them. She tries different ways to solve her problems and doesn't rely on others to tell her what she should do or how she should feel. The adults in her life are respectful and keep her safe. Wallace takes the world of pro-wrestling and helps readers who may have preconceived notions and stereotyped beliefs understand the sport's positivity and art. I devoured this book and can't wait to recommend it to readers. This is a perfect suggestion, not only for kids who love wrestling but also for readers who enjoyed Lupe Wong Won't Dance or the Comeback. Thank you to the publisher Katherine Tegen books for an e-ARC of this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I loved Matt Wallace's Sin du Jour series, and I love wrestling, so this book was made for me (even if I'm an adult). Bump is about finding yourself and working through grief by challenging your mind and your body to overcome difficulties. I've trained to wrestle, so it's hard to explain how difficult it is to learn to make your body do things you've spent your life learning not to do, like fall down on your face on purpose. Part of overcoming that conditioning also changes how you think about y I loved Matt Wallace's Sin du Jour series, and I love wrestling, so this book was made for me (even if I'm an adult). Bump is about finding yourself and working through grief by challenging your mind and your body to overcome difficulties. I've trained to wrestle, so it's hard to explain how difficult it is to learn to make your body do things you've spent your life learning not to do, like fall down on your face on purpose. Part of overcoming that conditioning also changes how you think about yourself, and readers see MJ become more confident and brave as she tests the limits of what her body can do. The book is also about finding family and community. MJ's school mates and former teammates treat her like an outsider as a Latina and a wrestling fan, but through training at a lucha libre gym, she finds a family that accepts her as both. Even if you don't like wrestling, Wallace takes the time to explain the lingo and the appeal to readers. One does not have to know anything about it to enjoy this story of a young lady finding herself, overcoming grief, and making new friends.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    More reviews and book-ish content @ AndreaRBooKs on FB, AndreaRBooKs on IG & Andrea RBK Bump by Matt Wallace was a book that was totally and completely my jam - like I don't know a book that has been more in my lane. It's about a girl who loves pro wrestling, specifically the luchadores. Y'all, I was a girl who loved pro wrestling (and still does), so this was just made for me. The story focuses on MJ. MJ struggles to fit in, and then she finds a local wrestling school. She convinces her mom to l More reviews and book-ish content @ AndreaRBooKs on FB, AndreaRBooKs on IG & Andrea RBK Bump by Matt Wallace was a book that was totally and completely my jam - like I don't know a book that has been more in my lane. It's about a girl who loves pro wrestling, specifically the luchadores. Y'all, I was a girl who loved pro wrestling (and still does), so this was just made for me. The story focuses on MJ. MJ struggles to fit in, and then she finds a local wrestling school. She convinces her mom to let her train there, and she is so excited by the community she finds. She is truly doing what she loves, and it is an opportunity she savors each and every day. There are some challenges at the school, and I don't want to say too much, but y'all the plot of this one had me captivated! It's so important to have books where kids can see themselves and know it's okay to love what you love, AND to love yourself. This is absolutely what this book is, and I'm so glad there is a now a book about a girl who digs pro wrestling in the universe.

  8. 4 out of 5

    elle acantha

    (Little known?) fact about me: I have made wrestling costumes before. For an actual wrestler, not like some random person who wants to cosplay. And having been introduced to wrestling as “soap operas with fighting,” I ended up finding the whole thing a ton of fun. So, naturally, when I saw a book about a middle school girl learning to be a luchadora I was most definitely there. I bought the book the day it came out. I read it the day it came out (I write these short reviews in bursts; I also read (Little known?) fact about me: I have made wrestling costumes before. For an actual wrestler, not like some random person who wants to cosplay. And having been introduced to wrestling as “soap operas with fighting,” I ended up finding the whole thing a ton of fun. So, naturally, when I saw a book about a middle school girl learning to be a luchadora I was most definitely there. I bought the book the day it came out. I read it the day it came out (I write these short reviews in bursts; I also read in bursts), and not only is it as much fun as watching wrestling (probably more so, honestly, if you have a good imagination), it has “a lot of heart.” MJ struggles, both with her father’s recent departure and bullying at school, until she finds some place that makes her feel like she belonged in the form of Victory Academy, a wrestling school — only to risk losing it. I don’t know how well this book will play if you don’t have an existing appreciation for wrestling, but if you do, I’d grab it regardless of age and spend some time at Victory Academy. original.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily LaSalle

    Bump is about a girl named MJ (Maya Jocelyn). Her Dad used to call her MJ after a character in spider man. That was before her dad died. MJ’s favorite thing to do is watch wrestling. One day MJ was flying her drone from her window when it scraped against the wall that divides her yard to her neighbors yard. She climbs the wall to get her drone.She has never met any of her neighbors because when she had to move from her old house to the one she was renting she never payed much attention to the ho Bump is about a girl named MJ (Maya Jocelyn). Her Dad used to call her MJ after a character in spider man. That was before her dad died. MJ’s favorite thing to do is watch wrestling. One day MJ was flying her drone from her window when it scraped against the wall that divides her yard to her neighbors yard. She climbs the wall to get her drone.She has never met any of her neighbors because when she had to move from her old house to the one she was renting she never payed much attention to the houses on the other side of her house. While she is in the person’s yard she sees a tarp over something big. She pulls it off and there in front of her is a real wrestling arena. 🤼 BUMP is funny, sad, and exciting. It is one of those books where if you start reading it you can not stop! I did not know a lot about wrestling before I read this book. It has some Spanish in it so I learned more words in Spanish too. MJ stands up to bullies who tease her for watching wrestling and she learns how to stand up for her friends. She finds bravery in her and helps keep the wrestling school open.

  10. 4 out of 5

    LS Johnson

    Wow! I loved reading this book. It was about such a unique sport not found in juvenile literature, which I’m always looking for. The character of MJ was well developed and I like her and wanted to know what was going to happen to her. The book lost a star for a couple reasons. First, I didn’t think the relationship between MJ and her mom felt genuine. MJ was mature and seemed to be connect easily with other adults. I think she would have been closer to her mom. Without giving away anything, the Wow! I loved reading this book. It was about such a unique sport not found in juvenile literature, which I’m always looking for. The character of MJ was well developed and I like her and wanted to know what was going to happen to her. The book lost a star for a couple reasons. First, I didn’t think the relationship between MJ and her mom felt genuine. MJ was mature and seemed to be connect easily with other adults. I think she would have been closer to her mom. Without giving away anything, the status of her father felt awkward when I found out the truth. And I like when the main character is the hero of the story, but the way it happened in this book seemed unrealistic. I would have liked to see the involvement of some of the adults in the book - especially when the last line of the book talks about getting help from others. But this is going on my “recommend often” list.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Didi Chanoch

    This book is lovely. I don't read a lot of MG. I also don't read a lot outside sff. But I've been a wrestling fan for decades, and Matt Wallace is a favorite author of mine who happens to be a former wrestler. So of course I was going to read this one. And I'm glad I did. At times, it felt it spoke directly to me - to the younger me, as well as the current aging version. MJ is a terrific protagonist, smart and weird and good hearted and in pain. Her story is relatable, enjoyable, and something I This book is lovely. I don't read a lot of MG. I also don't read a lot outside sff. But I've been a wrestling fan for decades, and Matt Wallace is a favorite author of mine who happens to be a former wrestler. So of course I was going to read this one. And I'm glad I did. At times, it felt it spoke directly to me - to the younger me, as well as the current aging version. MJ is a terrific protagonist, smart and weird and good hearted and in pain. Her story is relatable, enjoyable, and something I think both kids and adults can enjoy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Serenity

    *I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley* I loved this book. I know very, very little about pro wrestling but I didn't feel lost when the author was describing wrestling training and shows. That said, a fan would probably appreciate it more. MJ was a very likable narrator and I think kids will connect with her feelings of loneliness and anger (what kid hasn't felt that at some point?) as well as her determination to learn and grow. Hand this to your fans of realist *I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley* I loved this book. I know very, very little about pro wrestling but I didn't feel lost when the author was describing wrestling training and shows. That said, a fan would probably appreciate it more. MJ was a very likable narrator and I think kids will connect with her feelings of loneliness and anger (what kid hasn't felt that at some point?) as well as her determination to learn and grow. Hand this to your fans of realistic fiction, and your fans of lucha libre.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    An utterly charming tale of becoming. You needn't know anything of wrestling, or even like wrestling, to enjoy this tale of finding your way in the world. MJ is instantly relateable and her journey is filled with moments of sadness as well as joy as she discovers her inner strength. I've been a fan of Matt's writing for years, and highly recommend this for readers of all ages. It's a middle-grade tale, but one that resonates no matter what your age. An utterly charming tale of becoming. You needn't know anything of wrestling, or even like wrestling, to enjoy this tale of finding your way in the world. MJ is instantly relateable and her journey is filled with moments of sadness as well as joy as she discovers her inner strength. I've been a fan of Matt's writing for years, and highly recommend this for readers of all ages. It's a middle-grade tale, but one that resonates no matter what your age.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Soup

    Fun middle grade novel set in Mecca, CA that focuses on a grieving girl who finds purpose and joy at a local wrestling school. It goes slightly off the rails towards the end with an unnecessary and improbable Scooby-Doo type ending,leading me wonder if the plan for this book changed midway through. Topics covered include community, finding yourself, racism, and grief processing. Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[parental death (hide spoiler)] . Fun middle grade novel set in Mecca, CA that focuses on a grieving girl who finds purpose and joy at a local wrestling school. It goes slightly off the rails towards the end with an unnecessary and improbable Scooby-Doo type ending,leading me wonder if the plan for this book changed midway through. Topics covered include community, finding yourself, racism, and grief processing. Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[parental death (hide spoiler)] .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Val

    I enjoyed this book. It's about a girl who is underestimated by others. Through her hard work and persistence, she proves and makes everyone change their mindset. One thing that I did not understand was how the story changed really fast and it's hard for me to keep up with the tempo. Overall, this book has a good story and good characters. I enjoyed this book. It's about a girl who is underestimated by others. Through her hard work and persistence, she proves and makes everyone change their mindset. One thing that I did not understand was how the story changed really fast and it's hard for me to keep up with the tempo. Overall, this book has a good story and good characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    S

    I did not expect to enjoy a MG book about wrestling but this was pretty fantastic. MJ really struck a chord with me. This is a great book for kids dealing with tough home issues (view spoiler)[ like death of a parent (hide spoiler)] and identity issues/bullying at school. Also, just a genuinely fun sports hero read. I did not expect to enjoy a MG book about wrestling but this was pretty fantastic. MJ really struck a chord with me. This is a great book for kids dealing with tough home issues (view spoiler)[ like death of a parent (hide spoiler)] and identity issues/bullying at school. Also, just a genuinely fun sports hero read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Valenzuela

    A great story about loss and grief, fitting in and standing out, and conquering your fears. All of this set in the unlikely place of a beat-up wrestling ring. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a story about a sport I know nothing about, but I could not put it down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    K.E. Radke

    MJ is lost trying find a place in the world where she fits in. Never in her wildest dreams did she think the worst thing that could happen to her would lead her exactly where she needed to be.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elysa

    Cute story with a lovely group of characters. Young wrestling fans especially will enjoy this background of the sport. As an older fan I enjoyed that aspect as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan R

    A beautiful book about friends, wrestling, and the importance of family. Well-paced and interesting.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Klein

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

  24. 5 out of 5

    Martha

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lizette

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Rasnake

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bianca

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yessica

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meg Dowell

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