The Contender

Paperback | March 4, 2003

byRobert Lipsyte

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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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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).

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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...

Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for theNew York Timesand the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs showThe Eleventh Hour. He is the author of twelve acclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. He lives in Manhattan a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.65 inPublished:March 4, 2003Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064470393

ISBN - 13:9780064470391

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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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).

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“A novel filled with hardships and hope.”