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The Contender
Contributor(s): Lipsyte, Robert (Author)

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ISBN: 0064470393     ISBN-13: 9780064470391
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Binding Type: Mass Market Paperbound
Published: February 2018

Annotation: A 17-year-old Harlem boy struggles to become a champion boxer in this "excellent novel (recommended) for use in the early phases of secondary school literature study" ("Language Arts").
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | People & Places - United States - African American
- Young Adult Fiction | Sports & Recreation - General
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 97822736
Age Level: 12-17
Grade Level: 7-12
Lexile Measure: 690(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 4.1" W x 6.7" (0.25 lbs) 240 pages
- Cultural Region - Mid-Atlantic
- Cultural Region - Northeast U.S.
- Demographic Orientation - Urban
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Geographic Orientation - New York
- Topical - Self-Esteem
- Catalog Heading - Language Arts
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 5262
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Before you can be a champion,
you have to be a contender.

Alfred Brooks is scared. He's a highschool dropout and his grocery store job is leading nowhere. His best friend is sinking further and further into drug addiction. Some street kids are after him for something he didn't even do. So Alfred begins going to Donatelli's Gym, a boxing club in Harlem that has trained champions. There he learns it's the effort, not the win, that makes the man -- that last desperate struggle to get back on your feet when you thought you were down for the count.

Contributor Bio(s): Lipsyte, Robert: -

Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show The Eleventh Hour. He is the author of twelve acclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. He lives in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with his wife, Lois, and his dog, Milo.

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