This chapter book focuses on the importance of perseverance and learning not to judge others. It draws us into the world of Connor, a fourth grader who is one step away from getting his junior black belt, or poom, in Taekwondo. Right at this important juncture in his martial-arts practice, his arch rival from another Taekwondo team, Wyatt, moves to his school. Connor's determination to be better than Wyatt both motivates him and — by drawing his attention away from his own practice — undermines him.

Connor uses Taekwondo practice as one strategy for moving through the world with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He finds Taekwondo's tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit helpful, and yet staying focused during competitions and in classes remains a real challenge for him.

Only slowly, and by working through confusion and anger, does he discover that Wyatt has learning difficulties, too. Surprisingly, this former rival may prove to be a staunch ally.

Author Jen Malia, an English professor and creative writing coordinator at Norfolk State University, draws on her own and her kids’ neurodivergent experiences. Her portrayal of Connor rings true to both the difficulties and the breakthroughs that kids with ADHD experience.

This book is part of her Infinity Rainbow Club series, which features five kids who have brain differences. The club provides a safe space for varying communication styles and behaviors to be accepted. Connor and the Taekwondo Tournament is third in the series, and we look forward to the remaining books.