The Contender

by Robert Lipsyte

On Sale: 02/13/2018

The Contender

by Robert Lipsyte

On Sale: 02/13/2018

Format:

ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults

ALA Notable Children's Book

Library of Congress Children's Books

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

About the Book

The breakthrough modern sports novel The Contender shows readers the true meaning of being a hero.

This acclaimed novel by celebrated sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in YA fiction, is the story of a young boxer in Harlem who overcomes hardships and finds hope in the ring on his path to becoming a contender.

Alfred Brooks is scared. He’s a high-school 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 boxer—that before you can be a champion, you have to be a contender.

ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children’s Book * New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

Educator and Librarian Resources

Critical Praise

“A novel filled with hardships and hope.” - ALA Booklist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780064470391
  • ISBN 10: 0064470393
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 02/13/2018
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price:10.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Sports & Recreation / General
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

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