This is a novel every kid should read. I’m an adult, yet I enjoyed it tremendously.
It’s written by Jocko Willink, a former United States Navy SEAL commander and author of the New York Times Bestselling book Extreme Ownership.
It’s such an awesome book. It’s told from the perspective of a young protagonist, Mark, a 5th grader who feels he is weak and dumb and who experiences being bullied in school. He loathes and dreads school because of these.
During summer break, a relative arrives — Uncle Jake, who happens to be a US Navy SEAL. He opens up to his uncle about his experiences and the latter decides to train him to be tougher — a “warrior kid” — the Navy Seal way. He learned to wake up early every morning, workout, eat healthy, study hard, and train in Jiu Jitsu to learn to defend himself against bullies and help the weak. At the heart of his program is this principle: discipline equals freedom.
I highly recommend this, especially if you have a son (but I think your daughter will love it, too).