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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
One of the best books I ever read
I usually don't read that much but my class had to read it for school. We where supposed to finish it in sections but by the 5 day I was all ready done with it. I highly recommend this book to young adults I had a life lesson. But I am not going to tell u it u will have to read it to find out
I'm 13 and this book is good. I did it for a book report an in 2 days I had it done. I hate too read but this book was amazing! Highly recommended! The book tells you a lot about life.
Great book this is one of the things that inspired me to join a boxing gym! :-)