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The Contender (Mass Market Paperbound)

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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.

About the Author

Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show The Eleventh Hour.He is the author ofover a dozenacclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre.He has also written numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for adults.He lives in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with his wife, Lois Morris, and his dog, Milo. Visit his website at

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780064470391
ISBN-10: 0064470393
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Publication Date: March 4th, 2003
Pages: 240
Language: English