Hit the Buzzer

I Can Be an Ultimate Ninja

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2024
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Author Biography

Ultimate Ninjas was founded by Jeff and Jackie Piejak circa 2016. It has since grown to multiple locations throughout the United States and has become the premier ninja gym for both kids and adults looking for a fun and challenging fitness experience. Jeff and Jackie are passionate about promoting an active lifestyle and helping people of all ages through the sport of ninja. They are proud parents of two daughters and are dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities that Ultimate Ninjas serves.

Mike is a 7x national finalist on the show American Ninja Warrior and has hit the buzzer 15 times so far in his career. He feels that doing ninja obstacles is what keeps him young and healthy. He grew up living all over the Midwest and has Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. Outside of ninja activities, he loves rock climbing, water skiing, eating healthy, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

Jesse is a 6x national finalist and season 2 Women’s Champion on the show American Ninja Warrior. She was the first rookie female to qualify for the national finals and has hit the buzzer 10 times so far in her career, more than any other female on the show. Jesse lived in Maine until her ninja career started and enjoys kayaking, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, and any activity outdoors! She also has her degree in Elementary Education which she uses in her coaching.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Treat yourself to an inspirational tale of overcoming the odds with Hit the Buzzer: I Can Be an Ultimate Ninja by Mike Silenzi, Jesse Labreck, Jackie Piejak, and Jeff Piejak. On his first day at Ultimate Ninjas, Liam sees kids swinging on the rings, rock climbing, and running up a huge curved wall to hit the buzzer. Liam can't wait to get his chance. However, his first few tries don't go as he envisioned. He was feeling a bit down when coaches Mike and Jesse assured him that everyone struggled in the beginning. Determined to do better, Liam attends the ninja gym week after week and practices. Additionally, he utilizes aspects of his ninja training while doing chores and even studying. Soon, he gives a memorable performance in a ninja competition, and now, he has set himself a new goal to achieve.

With indomitable will, resilience, and perseverance, humans are capable of mastering whatever they set out to do. This message is beautifully incorporated in Hit the Buzzer -- a picture book for young readers. Authors Mike Silenzi, Jesse Labreck, Jackie Piejak, and Jeff Piejak tell a heartwarming tale that showcases the power of the human spirit and how it gives us the strength to conquer our doubts and fears. Anyone who has ever played sports or participated in any athletic activity as a kid will be able to relate to Liam. As a reader, you can't help but root for him. I also loved how coaches Mike and Jesse offered him the necessary support and encouragement to achieve his dreams. The illustrations by Alejandro Echavez make the story even more enjoyable for the young reader. This is a motivational book parents that should definitely introduce to their children. Highly recommended.