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Before The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe Brothers: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl. Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into fights, coming up with half-baked schemes, and disappointing girls, their parents, and their much-more-motivated older siblings. They’re intensely loyal to each other: brothers at their best and at their very worst. But when Cameron falls head over heels for Ruben’s girlfriend, the strength of their bond is tested to its breaking point.
We’re proud to present these stories of the Wolfe Brothers together, at last, in one volume. Fans of The Book Thief won't want to miss the novels that launched Markus Zusak's stellar career.
Praise for Underdogs:
“Zusak’s popularity is well-deserved. He writes emotionally engaging stories with understated humor and a bittersweet style that refuses to play by straightforward grammatical rules.” — Los Angeles Times
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Markus Zusak is the New York Times bestselling author of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, which received a Printz Honor. He lives in Sydney, Australia.Review:
"Zusak's popularity is well-deserved. He writes emotionally engaging stories with understated humor and a bittersweet style that refuses to play by straightforward grammatical rules. His earliest published works share many of the same stylistic hallmarks and themes of belonging and survival." -- Los Angeles Times
"With this compilation release of The Underdog, the rough-and-tumble adventures of the Wolfe brothers are finally all assembled. Zusak's stunning use of language and rich character development are present, while the introduction of the family framework provides additional understanding for the sibling dynamic in the later stories. . . . Appealing to fans and providing an entry point for fresh readers, this is a much-appreciated addition to the Wolfe brothers' canon." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Markus Zusak
"The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak's audacity, also on display in his earlier I Am the Messenger. It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there's no arguing with a sentiment like that.” New York Times Book Review
Zusak doesn't sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor.” Time Magazine
Praise for Fighting Ruben Wolfe
Zusak debuts with an intense tale about boxing, brotherly solidarity, and searching for self-respect. . . . Engrossing.” Kirkus Reviews
Zusak's first-person narrative is electrifying. . . . Coarse and poetic at the same time, the power of Zusak's prose and vivid imagery will continue to reverberate long after the last punch is thrown.” Teenreads.com
Praise for Getting the Girl
Zusak uses simple but poetically poignant language to convey Cam's inner teenage turmoil, confusion, and heartache. This highly recommended novel is a sad, funny, loving, and ultimately heartwarming coming-of-age story.” Voice of Youth Advocates
The extravagant prose does work well in describing the relationship between Cam and Octavia, demonstrating the often-ignored fact that teenage boys also fall breathlessly and heart-stoppingly in love.” The Horn Book
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