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

Customer Reviews of The Contender

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Experience this book was a great read if you are willing to put yourself in a position to see what the main character struggles with, and it was not bad in terms of the boxing accuracy, not good, but not bad. for those who want such a read i suggest rubin carters book "the number one contender".
Date published: 2007-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from OMG This Book was the worst book i ever read I would rather chew off my ear than read this book again I swear if I have to read it again then I will DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Date published: 2005-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Working hard to achieve goals This story takes place when racisim was involved in everyday life. This tells the story of a 17 year old african american who has a hard time managing his life. The story is based on truth. With persistance, Alfred tries to become a contender, before becoming a champion fighter. This book is suitable for scholars studying novels of this genre. It may be helpful knowing about the time period and the racism involved at that time.
Date published: 2004-10-01

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From Our Editors

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).

Editorial Reviews

“A novel filled with hardships and hope.”