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

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ISBN: 0812415353     ISBN-13: 9780812415353
Publisher: Perfection Learning
OUR PRICE: $16.83  

Binding Type: Prebound
Published: March 2003

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:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - United States - African-american
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 12-17
Grade Level: 7-12
Lexile Measure: 760(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 4" W x 6.8" (0.35 lbs) 4 pages
- Cultural Region - Mid-Atlantic
- Cultural Region - Northeast U.S.
- Demographic Orientation - Urban
- Ethnic Orientation - African American
- Geographic Orientation - New York
- Topical - Self-Esteem
Features: Ikids
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.

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