Kathleen Karr The Boxer

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The Boxer

 
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In 1880s New York, a young man with inadequate means but an abundance of character uses his head, heart, and fists to battle his way out of the tenements.

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In the Lower East Side tenements of Manhattan in the late 1800s, there is employment for the city's huge immigrant population--except it's mostly sweatshop labor for little pay. Fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods is desperate to find enough work to support his fatherless family. When he notices a sign in a bar window asking for young men to try their fighting skills, he investigates, hoping to win the five dollar prize. He is unluckily arrested during his first fight, but ironically his luck turns when he meets former lightweight champion Michael O'Shaunnessey in jail. O'Shaunnessey recognizes Johnny's raw talent and begins training him as a serious boxer.

Once out of the clink, Johnny is winning fights, working regularly in the posh uptown New York Athletic Club, and saving money for a new home for his family in Brooklyn. But then Johnny's winning concentration is shot with the return of his alcoholic father. Does he have the stamina to continue as the family breadwinner, confront his father, and still win in the ring? A Rocky for the late 19th century, The Boxer is a good solid story with plenty of heart. Author Kathleen Karr (The Great Turkey Walk) gives Johnny an engaging first person voice: "The mind was a muscle, like any other.... But how you exercised it diagramming sentences ... hadn't dawned on me yet." His troubles with money and family will ring true with contemporary teens, while the historical setting will delight teachers, who will surely want to recommend this book as supplemental reading when teaching about the urban industrial age. (Ages 11 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

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AWARDS: Golden Kite Award, Best Fiction for 2000, SCBWI

ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2001

NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the field of Social Studies

2001 Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library

Best Children's Books of the Year List, Bank Street College of Education

Children's Literature Choice Book for 2001

Capital Choices, 2000

Riverbank Review, 2001 Books of Distinction Finalist

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