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How Books can Change Lives

Reversal, YA novel by Eric Linne, changes livesEvery once in a while, I remember why I love being a writer.  My modest goal is to have my books read by as many people as possible, to get good constructive feedback from readers and periodically hear how my book touched somebody’s life in a positive way.  I had one of those moments a few days ago.

I had sent out a single book to a reader who wanted a copy for her daughter, but could not afford the bookstore or online price.  After a few weeks, I got a private message on Facebook from the reader’s mother, expressing how much the book meant to her daughter.

The mother explained that my book had changed her daughter’s life.  The girl, who is overcoming a slight learning disability, struggled with the story at first, but persevered to the end and loved the main character, Kayla Burbadge.  She said that after reading Reversal, her daughter is becoming more independent and is less reliant on others for help.  She went on to explain that the daughter has been willing to challenge herself to participate in activities that she’d previously been fearful of.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Mom explained that for the first time ever, the young girl is looking forward to returning to school in the fall (middle school, no less)!

So while riches, movie deals and critical acclaim may elude the majority of working writers, every once in a while, you get a reminder of what is really important about this work – having the ability and opportunity to positively impact a young person’s life.    

4 Star Book Review of Reversal

Reversal YA novel review by Once Upon a YA Book

“A refreshing viewpoint that addresses females participating in male-dominated sports”. The latest book reviewer gives Reversal, the YA novel by Eric Linne, 4 Stars.

Here’s the latest Goodreads Book Review about Reversal, as reviewed on  Kimber Wheaton’s blog that showcases reviews of Young Adult and New Adult books.

Why they liked it

Christy wrote: “I enjoyed  this story. I empathized for Kayla and her situation. The author nailed her internal struggle perfectly. Lots of issues were well addressed in this book. I followed Kayla as she encountered prejudice, loss, depression, bullying, war veterans and their stories, foster children, troubled youth, ethnic diversity, culture shock (big city life to small town life), abuse, and much more.

Most of the characters were very well thought-out. 

You don’t often see a book that addresses females participating in male-dominated sports. It is a refreshing viewpoint. I also liked that Kayla began to heal from her grieving. She began to find beauty and laughter and love in her life again. I appreciate the author’s voice, and the way he brought everything together.”

What they questioned

The reviewer “didn’t get a good sense of Kayla’s physical features, though. What color was her hair? Her eyes? I always visualize characters as I am reading, but her face was fuzzy. I would have liked a bit more about Hollis and Arthur and their stories as well. Why is Arthur afraid of a few teammates? Why does Hollis follow Kayla around so much? If Hollis likes her, why isn’t he showing it more?”

The full Review

To read the entire book review, click here.

Fun Facts about Wrestling

Fun facts about wrestling for those interested in wrestling and for readers of Reversal, a YA novel by Eric Linne.

Ancient roots 

Wrestling fun facts - Eric Linne ReversalLiterary references to the sport of wrestling occur as early as in the Iliad, in which Homer recounts the Trojan War of the 13th century BC.] The origins of wrestling go back 15,000 years through cave drawings in France. Babylonian and Egyptian reliefs show wrestlers using most of the holds known in the present-day sport.

Modern Olympic Roots and Wrestling Styles 

Olympic Wrestling Fun Facts Eric Linne ReversalGreco-Roman wrestling became an event at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. Since 1908, the event has been in every Summer Olympics.  In Greco-Roman style, it is forbidden to hold the opponent below the belt.

Freestyle wrestling became an Olympic event, in 1904. Women’s freestyle wrestling was added to the Summer Olympics in 2004.  Freestyle allows the use of the wrestler’s or his opponent’s legs in offense and defense.

Collegiate wrestling (sometimes known as scholastic wrestling or folkstyle wrestling) is the commonly used name of wrestling practiced at the college and university level in the United States

One Great Wrestler  

Dan Gable - Wrestling Fun Facts Eric Linne ReversalArguably, the greatest American wrestler of all time, Dan Gable has become a legend in the wrestling community.  During his high school and college careers, Gable compiled an unbelievable record of 182-1. He was undefeated in 64 prep matches, and was 118-1 at Iowa State. His only defeat came in the NCAA finals his senior year. Gable was a three-time all-American and three-time Big Eight champion. He set NCAA records in winning and pin streaks.

Lots of Motivation – 

Dan Gable is also credited with some of the most memorable quotes about wrestling every uttered.  Among them are:

“More enduringly than any other sport, wresting teaches self-control and pride.  Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without great pride.”

“Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

“The first period is won by the best technician. The second period is won by the kid in the best shape.  The 3rd period is won by the kid with the biggest heart.”

Scope of Wrestling Participation

  • Scholastic wrestling ranks 6th of all boys’ sports in terms of participation at the high school level with over 272,000 nation-wide.
  • Wrestling currently has its high participation rates since 1980
  • Since 2002-03, the number of high school wrestlers has grown by over 30,000.
  • Over 10,400 schools sponsors wrestling, which is the largest number ever.

Growth of Female Wrestler Participation 

  • Since 1994, the number of women who wrestle in high school nationwide has grown from 804 to over 8000
  • 22 colleges now sponsor a varsity women’s wrestling program
  • Women’s wrestling is now a recognized Olympic sport
  • Texas, Hawaii and Washington sponsor a state high school girls wrestling championship
  • Females account for 2.9% of high school wrestlers nationwide.

Teenage Girl Wrestler – a PBS Movie

Teenage girl wrestler Tara Neal featured in a blog by Eric Linne author of ReversalCheck out this 13-year-old girl and her story, which was made into a PBS movie.  

Girl Wrestler is a poignant, informative documentary outlining many of the hurdles that girls face while participating in high school (or in this case middle school) wrestling.  The movie follows a year in the life of 13-year-old Tara Neal, as she struggles with cutting weight, competing against boys, the opposition of certain wrestlers and coaches and living up to her parents’ expectations.  When she gets together with a handful of other girl wrestlers at a tournament, the movie is particularly moving as the girls share their experience on and off the wrestling mat.  The documentary, which aired on PBS, is an enlightening view into the experience of being viewed as an outsider in the physically demanding sport of amateur wrestling.   

Message from the movie by Eric Linne about a teenage girl wrestler

“Tara’s story becomes a personal prism through which to view such broader cultural issues as the socially accepted views of masculinity and femininity, athleticism and eating disorders, teenage identity, gender discrimination in organized athletics, and the meaning and value of sports in American culture. Ultimately, GIRL WRESTLER reveals the many challenges and pressures faced by young girls today as they seek to carve out a place in a culture full of conflicting messages about what it means to be a girl.”