Winning the Battle

Winning the Battle

by Stephanie Perry Moore, Derrick C. Moore

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Overview

The Alec London Series is a series written for boys, 8 – 12 years old.  Alec London is introduced in Stephanie Perry Moore's previously released series, The Morgan Love Series.  In this new series, readers get a glimpse of Alec's life up close and personal. The series provides moral lessons that will aid in character development, teaching boys how to effectively deal with the various issues they face at this stage of life. The series will also help boys develop their english and math skills as they read through the stories and complete the entertaining and educational exercises provided at the end of each chapter and in the back of the book.

Alec is frustrated over lots of things. His mom is still in LA working on a project, Tyrod, the troublemaker is still getting under his skin and to top it all off, his dad gets a promotion and is now the assistant principal at his school.  Why bother trying hard is Alec's attitude, things are bad and nothing's going his way.  He doesn't really see how things can be worse until he goes to class and learns that Tyrod's best buddy and another troublemaker, Zarrick is in his class.  At home Alec finds out that his grandmother has cancer and he doesn't know what to do. 

In response to all that's going on in his life Alec begins to act out in school, sleep in class and hang around with the wrong crowd.  To protect himself, he starts taking karate lessons.

With the help of his karate instructor, parents, old friends, Alec learns that being disciplined and learning to respond to things  in a way that pleases God are important when it comes to winning the battle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802478702
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Alec London Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

STEPHANIE PERRY MOORE is the author of many Young Adult Christian fiction titles, including the Payton Skky series, the Laurel Shadrach series, the Perry Skky Jr. series, the Faith Thomas Novelzine series, the Carmen Browne series, and the Beta Gamma Pi series. She is also the co-editor for the impactful BibleZine, REAL. Mrs. Moore speaks with young people across the country, showing them how they can live life fully and do it God's way. Stephanie currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, a former NFL player and author, and their three children. Visit her website at www.stephanieperrymoore.com.

DERRICK MOORE is a former NFL athlete who played for the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, and Arizona Cardinals following his successful college football career. Since his retirement from the NFL in 1998 he has been in demand as a motivational speaker for professional teams, civic groups, churches, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is on staff with FCA, serving as the chaplain of the football program at Georgia Tech. Derrick is the author of The Great Adventure and the general editor for the Strength and Honor Bible. He and his wife, Stephanie, a Christian fiction novelist, live in greater Atlanta area with their two daughters.
STEPHANIE PERRY MOORE is the author of many Young Adult Christian fiction titles, including the Payton Skky series, the Laurel Shadrach series, the Perry Skky Jr. series, the Faith Thomas Novelzine series, the Carmen Browne series, and the Beta Gamma Pi series. She is also the co-editor for the impactful BibleZine, REAL. Mrs. Moore speaks with young people across the country, showing them how they can live life fully and do it God's way. Stephanie currently lives in the greater Atlanta area with her husband, Derrick, a former NFL player and author, and their three children. Visit her website at www.stephanieperrymoore.com.
DERRICK MOORE is a former NFL athlete who played for the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, and Arizona Cardinals following his successful college football career. Since his retirement from the NFL in 1998 he has been in demand as a motivational speaker for professional teams, civic groups, churches, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is on staff with FCA, serving as the chaplain of the football program at Georgia Tech. Derrick is the author of The Great Adventure and the general editor for the Strength and Honor Bible. He and his wife, Stephanie, a Christian fiction novelist, live in greater Atlanta area with their two daughters.

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WINNING THE BATTLE

Alec London Series Book 4
By Stephanie Perry Moore Derrick Moore

MOODY PUBLISHERS

Copyright © 2012 Stephanie Perry Moore and Derrick Moore
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-0414-5


Chapter One

Self Defense

So the first day of fifth grade is supposed to be all that. Right? Wrong! Like all of last year, I'll have to get up super early every day and head off to school with my father.

Let me make this plain. It's not that my dad will just drop me off, because that wouldn't be too bad. What has me so bummed is that, in my case, he'll park in the spot marked "Principal." You see, my father now rules the school. He's over everybody. That puts me in a position to get teased by my peers. And I mean big time.

I guess you can tell this isn't something I want at all. But Dad is super excited about it. Heading to school the first day, all I could do was sit there and listen to him talk about what a terrific year it was going to be. I wanted to throw up.

Last year, when Dad was the assistant principal, a lot of kids thought I was the school pet with special privileges. Believe me, that wasn't the case. Now that he's been promoted, it's going to be even harder to convince people that I don't get any favors from him.

On top of that, he signed me up to do safety patrol. I'll have to wear this big orange belt across my chest and around my waist. Several cool points gone fight off the bat, you think? It's funny because when I was in first and second grade, I sort of thought that having one of those belts and being a hall monitor would be really great.

Now I know it won't be so cool. Since Dad is the principal, it's going to be a no-win situation for me. Everybody's going to think I'm trying to be somebody big if I write them up. Or even worse, I'll lose my job and be in huge trouble with my dad if he catches me looking the other way.

Then, there's another reason why I'm unhappy about school this year. It hit me like a ton of bricks the other day when Dad started naming some of my classmates. Right away, I knew it was bad news for me.

A lot of kids don't want to be in a particular teacher's class. But in my case, I'm okay with my fifth-grade teacher. After all, Dr. Richardson is known as the coolest teacher in the whole school. It was even cool to find out that Morgan, Trey, and Billy are in my class again.

The problem for me is that I didn't shake Tyrod. Besides that, his equally troublemaking buddy, Zarick, is in my class too. I don't want to deal with them. But after much pleading with Dad, it looks like there's no escape.

All of last year, Tyrod was the person who got under my skin. Just to cause trouble for me, he made up stuff and got me sent to my dad's office several times. He even tried to cheat off my paper and then turned around and said I tried to cheat off of his. It was just one thing after another with that guy.

In my defense, I get along with most people. Yeah, I had to get over being angry and acting like a bully when I was in the second grade. But that was years ago. I've grown up a lot since then. However, with Tyrod and his friend constantly getting into all kinds of trouble, I just don't see how it's going to be a good year.

When Dad and I arrived at school, he was still going on and on in a happy mood. As we were getting out of the car, he said with a big smile on his face, "Oh yes, it's going to be a great year!"

All I could do was look at him and beg, "Dad, pleeeeesssss change my class!"

As we walked toward the door, he started giving me all these reasons why he wouldn't. But it just wasn't what I wanted to hear at that moment. "Alec, son, we've been over this already. Ever since you found out that your name is on Dr. Richardson's class list, you've been complaining. I know you're going to love her. She's a lot of fun and really knows her stuff. You're in the fifth grade now. You know you need to pass the CRCT like you did in the third grade. This year, it's a crucial exam for you, Alec, and I can't—"

"Dad! Dad! You're not listenin' to me! It has nothin' to do with Dr. Richardson. I just don't want to be in—"

Cutting me off, he said, "No, son, you're not listening to me! I'm not changing your class because of some other student. If you have a problem with Tyrod, you let me know, and I'll deal with it."

I shook my head and turned the other way. I wasn't trying to be disrespectful to my father, but he didn't get it. I couldn't just run to him and tell on people. Yeah, I know there's some stuff you're supposed to speak up about. But this isn't a life or death situation. Besides, I'm not a wimp, and I don't need my dad to fight my battles.

Once again, Dad made it clear that he wasn't going to change my class. So the only thing left for me to do is man-up and deal with it.

A few minutes later, I took my post by the front door. Standing across from me was Gilmer, a boy from my fourth-grade class. Last year, he was the new guy and didn't say much. But he did tell me once that he was cool with not having friends. So I already knew that Gilmer was very shy and didn't like talking to people.

If he was going to be my partner, I was thinking that we wouldn't have much to say to each other. Then, to my surprise, I found out something different when Gilmer spoke to me.

"Hey, Alec! Hope you had a great summer!"

Wow, is this the same Gilmer? I thought. He sounded so happy and friendly.

"You're talkin' to me?" I said to him.

"I know what you're thinkin', Alec, but I've changed. I'm older now. I guess it took me a while to get comfortable with this school, but now I just wanna enjoy my fifth grade year. I wish we were in the same class because I think we could have a lot of fun. Maybe we can do that while we're on safety patrol duty. You okay with that?"

"Yeah. That's cool with me. We can be friends," I said to him, still shocked at the new, talkative Gilmer.

Okay, so now it seemed like everybody was ready for fifth grade—except me. Then, in a flash, I was reminded of why. I watched Tyrod and Zarick running toward the front door when they got off of their bus.

"Hey! Hey! Slow down," I said to the two of them, holding my arm out to block the doorway. I wasn't supposed to let anyone run into the school.

"Boy, you'd better get your hand back outta my way!" Tyrod said to me.

"Boy, you'd better slow down!" I quickly responded back to him.

"And if we don't slow down?" Zarick stepped up and added, looking and acting all tough. He is taller than me and a little intimidating.

"Yeah, what you gonna do?" Tyrod jumped up and down in my face, asking me.

It was clear to me that they weren't going to cooperate, and I knew this wasn't going to be pretty. Seconds later, Gilmer left me and I had to stand my ground alone. Other kids were coming into the school, and they were looking at the whole scene. If I was going to be good at safety patrol, I had to stand tall. Otherwise, kids would think I was a pushover. At the moment, the only thing I could think to do was take out my safety patrol merit notebook and wave it in their faces.

Before I got a word out, Tyrod said in a lower voice, "We'll stop runnin', but you'd better watch it!" He kept looking over my shoulder the whole time.

I wondered why Tyrod calmed down so quickly. Then I mined around to see what he was looking at. That's when I saw Gilmer coming up behind me, along with my dad. It was cool that Gilmer was trying to have my back.

My father spoke right away. "Is there any trouble here, boys?"

Gilmer nodded and Zarick backed away from me. But Tyrod got closer to my ear and whispered, "Go on and cry to Daddy. You'll be sorry."

Tightening my jaws, I said, "Naw, everything's fine, Dad. I was just tellin' them to slow down."

My father said to the two troublemakers, "I know you boys weren't running, were you?"

"No, sir," Tyrod said in a most respectful tone. Zarick just shook his head.

"Tyrod, we're going to have a good year. Right?"

Faking it again, he replied, "Oh, yes. A great year, sir, a great year."

After that, Dad allowed Tyrod and Zarick to enter the building. He told everyone else to hurry on to class.

Finally, my post for safety patrol was done, and it was time for me to get to class too. The teachers had already cleared the hallway of their students. As I headed around the corner, I picked up my pace so I wouldn't be late. Then, out of nowhere, I got tripped. Suddenly, I was on my back. All I could see were hands moving at lightning speed, chopping at the air—right in front of my face. It was happening so fast that I wasn't sure what was going on. It was like something out of an old Bruce Lee movie that my brother, Antoine, and I love to watch.

After blinking my eyes a couple of times, I realized it was Zarick. He was acting like some type of karate expert. Then he leaned down and said, "Tyrod and I can do whatever we wanna do. Remember that."

Next, Tyrod leaned over me and said, "And if you tell anybody about this ... those moves that scared you fight now ... next time, they'll hurt you." Then he pointed at Zarick and said to me, "You might think you're tough and can fight, but you don't want any part of him. You can't protect yourself, little boy, so don't get in our way."

Through blurry eyes, I looked at both of them, too scared to get up or try to move. As they walked away snickering, it only took a minute for me to go over what just happened. It was pretty clear that Zarick had real skills, and I wasn't planning on challenging him. But at the same time, being scared all year long didn't sound so great either.

I just lay there a couple more minutes, thinking, How am I gonna defend myself against the two of them? I knew this year wasn't going to be good the minute I found out we were in the same class.

* * * "Well, you must be Alec London," the smooth-talking, short lady said with a big smile. She was wearing a nametag that read dr. Richardson.

I didn't want to be rude to her, but I'd just been through an experience that still had me frazzled. I wasn't ready for any conversation. So I nodded to let her know that she was right.

As I tried to get by her, she put her hand on my shoulder and walked me back into the hallway. "Why the long face?" she asked. "This is going to be a super great year! You know, supercalifragilisficexpialidocious!"

I looked at her like I didn't understand.

"Alec, you know that word is from the movie Mary Poppins, right?"

"I'm sorry, ma'am, but I've never seen that video."

She went on talking. "Oh, you're missing something great. I'll make sure we watch it before the year is out. But again, why the long face? I just have to say, Alec, I know it's got to be tough having your dad as the principal of this school. I can't solve the world's problems, but if you have any issues, I want you to know that you can come to me. Mr. Wade and I talked about some of the incidents that occurred last year. However, I'm telling you now that I don't tolerate foolishness."

It was okay for her to let me know that she had my back. But again, I didn't want anybody handling things for me. It's like what Gilmer told me last year when Tyrod and four of his friends tried to gang up on him. I stepped in to help Gilmer, but he didn't seem to appreciate it. That offended me until I understood that he never asked for my help. I kind of wanted to say to Dr. Richardson that I wasn't asking for hers either.

Knowing that wouldn't be the right thing to do, I just tried to smile instead. She was a smart lady and seemed to understand my problem. Dr. Richardson then said to me, "Nee, I get that you're a fifth grader and you don't want to run to the teacher for every little thing. However, I just want you to know where I stand. I'm here for you."

"Is it because you don't want my dad to think you wouldn't help me?" I asked her.

I was thinking that maybe she wanted to score some brownie points with my father. After all, her title is "Dr." Richardson. It seems to me that most doctors in education would want to be a principal, a superintendent, or something like that. Most likely, she was trying to help herself by helping the principal's son.

My wise teacher looked at me and said, "Okay, so you do want to talk. The reason I want you to be able to open up to me is because I've walked in your shoes."

I gave her another confused look. "I don't get it."

Dr. Richardson explained, "My mother was the principal of my elementary school. So I know firsthand about all the stuff someone in your shoes has to go through. Therefore, in addition to teaching my class, part of my role as an educator is to create a safe and healthy learning environment. I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't let you know that you can talk to me if you have an issue. However, it works both ways with me. If you do something wrong to anybody in my class, and you don't act like the upstanding young man that everyone says you are, then you and I will have problems. I don't play favorites. I only reward excellence. Is that clear?"

I nodded at her that I understood. Finally, she said, "Now, I have something to take care of, and I'll be back in a few minutes. The class is in there getting to know each other by working on a puzzle that I passed out. There's one on your desk, so get in there and start mixing. And remember our discussion. Okay, Alec?"

"Yes, ma'am."

As I walked into the classroom, everyone looked at me as if I had something like the mumps, the measles, or the chicken pox. I knew it was because my dad is the principal and a lot of kids aren't sure how to treat me. Thankfully, Trey and Billy called out to me.

"Hey, man! I'm glad to see ya," Billy said. "We're in the same class again. That's so awesome!"

Without any excitement, I replied back, "Yeah, it's cool." I know that Billy likes to eat, but I was surprised to see how much bigger he was since last year.

Next, Trey jumped in, "Hey, man. My dad said it would be okay to have you come to a Falcon's practice with me soon. You have a good summer?"

Hearing that news, it was hard to hold back a smile. "That sounds real good, man," I responded. Trey reminded me of some good times, so I added, "Yeah, summer was cool. I went to California to stay with my mom."

"What? You mean, you were in Hollywood?" Trey asked, reaching out to give me a fist bump.

"Yeah," I said, pointing my fist toward him.

Billy jumped in and added, "Oh yeah, people said they saw you on TV. Were you really?"

"Just a little public service announcement that ran on the PBS channel. No biggie."

"Wow! My friend is a star," Billy said with a proud grin. Tilting his head toward one corner, he said, "Those girls over there keep lookin' at you."

I glanced over and saw two girls I'd never met before. They were giggling and quickly turned away.

Just then Morgan came up behind me and said, "Hey, Alec! They're giggling because they like you."

"So? I don't like them," I shot back real fast.

She teased me and said, "Already, they won't be my friends because you like me."

Frowning at that, I said, "Who says I like you?"

Morgan looked embarrassed and responded softly, "I only meant as a friend."

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1: Self-Defense....................9
Chapter 2: Deep Secret....................29
Chapter 3: Right Track....................47
Chapter 4: Not Fair....................63
Chapter 5: Feel Better....................81
Chapter 6: Pleasant Surprise....................97
Chapter 7: Life's Battle....................115
Discussion Questions....................135
Context Clues Worksheet....................137
Pre-Algebra Computations Worksheet....................139
Teach Me, Coach: Karate....................140
Word Search Solutions....................143
Answer Keys....................150
Acknowledgments....................151

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