Brawler by Neil ConnellyBrawler by Neil Connelly


byNeil Connelly

Hardcover | March 26, 2019

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Eddie MacIntyre-Mac to a handful of friends-is Pennsylvania's most promising wrestler. His future is bright with scholarship offers and the dream of helping his struggling mom. But then comes a fateful match at the state championship, when his famous rage consumes him and he assaults a referee. In an instant, Mac loses all he and his mom have worked to build since his abusive father was locked up years ago.

Facing arrest, Mac runs away to another town, where he is taken in by a shady promoter who has followed his career. He recruits Mac into Brawlers, an illegal underground fighting ring run by a gangland boss. This is a bloodsport that has no rules . . . but offers plenty of reward.

Mac teams up with Khajee, a girl with the fighting skills he'll need to learn to survive . . . and her own dark past tying her to the head of the ring. Together the two must figure out their place in a world that hasn't been kind to them . . . and forge a future that could be.

Neil Connelly is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, most recently Into the Hurricane, which Kirkus Reviews called "thoughtful and provocative." He teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife and their sons. You can find him on the web at neilconnel...
Title:BrawlerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.55 × 5.7 × 1.03 inPublished:March 26, 2019Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1338157752

ISBN - 13:9781338157758


Editorial Reviews

Praise for Neil Connelly:* "Sophisticated... will likely draw readers." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review of St. Michael's Scales"A richly layered, thought-provoking novel of how one boy learns to make weight." -- Kirkus Reviews on St. Michael's Scales* "The power and danger of religion receives a realistic, gutsy -- and yet movingly spiritual -- examination in this ambitious and graceful drama... A slim book that reads with miraculous speed." -- Booklist, starred review of The Miracle Stealer"A rare and welcome portrait of a girl trying to navigate teenage angst, family dysfunction, and religious belief." -- The Horn Book on The Miracle Stealer"Thoughtful and provocative.... A Category 5 drama." --Kirkus Reviews on Into the Hurricane