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One Good Punch

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  134 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
ASK ANYBODY AROUND East Scranton High School: Michael Kerrigan is almost too good to be true. Dedicated athlete, captain of the track team, editorial assistant (obituary writer) at the Scranton Observer, he's never been in trouble, and he doesn't associate with troublemakers. This is the most important track season of his life - and he's ready.

That is, until the police fin
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 10, 2012 Terry rated it liked it
Shelves: thin-reads
More of a short story than a novella, this 114 page book moves quickly along a single track: senior track captain, newspaper gofer, and all-around good-kid Michael Kerrigan has plans that are about to be derailed by a drug bust. A fair part of the first act sets up Michael and his home town of Scranton. Athletes, especially runners, may appreciate the Chris Crutcheresque attention to sport.

It earns three stars for being interesting and suggestive of big things without feeling preachy, but not qu
John Polymeros
Nov 01, 2015 John Polymeros rated it liked it
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Cody Mayhew
One Good Punch
by: Rich Wallace
New York: Alfred A. Knopf: Distributed by Random House, 2007

Eighteen-year-old Michael Kerrigan wrote obituaries for the Scranton Observer and was captain of his school track team. He is ready for the most important season of his life--until the police find four joints in his school locker. Then he is faced with a choice that could change everything. He is faced with a decision of whether he should take the blame of the joints being his or actually telling the tru
Kyle Youst
One Good Punch is an action packed drama filled story about an 18 year tack star from Scranton Pennsylvania. Michael Kerrigan, an 18 year senior at East Scranton High School is a track star prospect wanting to become a division 1 athlete. Michael is the spitting image of a good kid, he is the captain of his track team, excellent in school, and an editor at the local newspaper. All things going are going well for Michael as he enters his senior year of High School. Until there are 4 joints found ...more
May 01, 2010 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: male, sports, family, decisions
With equal blends of sports, humor, and realism, this SHORT book would gets kids interested in knowing what the main character will do. Will he admit that the weed in his locker was for him or will he (because he's "the good kid") pass the blame to someone else?

I took that one good punch, and it finished me. That's not something I'd want to be telling people thirty years from now. I've got too much in myself to let that happen.
Mar 20, 2009 Kyle rated it it was amazing
One Good Punch is a good book about a teen who has always been a good kid he was captain of the track team then one day he gets introuble really big trouble and it might ruin his life. At the end he is left with a choice that changes his life for ever. The author uses good setting in this story but he could of used alot more detail for the cachters but it is still a good book
Tristen Castellanoz
Michael is captain of his track team and has a part time job at the local newspaper place.Michael isn't the fastest on the team but he is the most responsible,he never gets in trouble doesn't mess with drugs and is very smart.One week the boys locker room was closed down because a police dog found drugs in there. Detectives went in there and looked through it and found a bag of pot in Michael's locker.The next day he was called to the office and they told him what he found.Michael knew it wasnt ...more
Charles Mournet
Jan 22, 2013 Charles Mournet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10th-grade
I really enjoyed the novel one good punch because I think it was very interesting to read a story about problems someone was experiencing in high school. It made me understand some of the difficulties, and everyday high school kid issues that are faced by young teens. It all started with Michael Kerrigan, a rising senior, who was one of the track team stars and just a kid looking to move on in his life. All this was put to a halt when Michael was expelled from school due to his friend, Joeys. Mi ...more
Travis. D
Jan 18, 2013 Travis. D rated it it was ok
Close, but NO cigar

What a disappointment. I almost liked this one. One good Punch, by Rich Wallace, had a clear clear conflict, a smart teenage boy, and something I could relate to. Then came the last 15 pages. the Main character,Michael , is a smart boy. He gets good grades, like me, is working towards his future, like me, and throwing his life away to protect his old drug dealing friend, like . . . wait a second, that’s not like me at all. Thanks a lot last 15 pages. I don’t want to give awa
Jun 30, 2008 Fluxbrarian rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-school
(shelved in Teen)
Michael Kerrigan is almost too good to be true. He’s a dedicated athlete, captain of the track team, editorial assistant at the local newspaper, and he’s never been in trouble. Until the day the school does a random drug search of lockers, and they find 4 joints in his locker. But the authorities aren’t interested in Michael, and they want him to give up someone else – the person who put those drugs in there, a drug dealer. And so Michael finds himself with a difficult choice to
Feb 21, 2009 Cornmaven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ms-hs
I really like Rich Wallace's way of weaving a sport with a serious moral issue. He presents an interesting and timely moral dilemma in this book - HS track star asks the going nowhere kid who has drug connections to score him some joints so he can smoke with his girlfriend. The kid delivers them to the track star's locker without telling him, and they are discovered during a weekend drug sweep. The dilemma - the cops know the track star can lead them to the dealer, so they offer him the choice o ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
May 10, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

ONE GOOD PUNCH is a sure-fire winner for any teen. Just short of 120 pages, it is a fast-paced, page-turner with suspense and humor. I predict it will end up on most Best Teen Books and Quick Reads lists soon.

Michael is a senior. An ambitious cross-country and track runner, he is hoping to use his talent as a stepping stone to a decent college. His part-time job at the Scranton Observer writing obituaries is giving him valuable ex
Dec 11, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it
One Good Punch is a book about a young high school student,Michael Kerrigan who decides to participate in something illegal. By accident, Michael involves myself with the wrong people and with the wrong thing. He is arrested and banned from his school because of his involvement with drugs. With drugs being an active problem at the school, it was especially hard for Michael to avoid his fate.
Michael comes off as a good kid, he is a track star and is active in his school. However, the one mista
Chelsea Sellars
Oct 02, 2014 Chelsea Sellars rated it really liked it
I just finished reading One Good Punch by Rich Wallace. It was a easy read it went quick. This book is about how a senior, (Mike) wants to good in his track season this year and go off to a good college. Yet there is one thing in his way. His friend Joey used his locker to put some of his joints in there. The school goes threw some peoples locker to look for drugs. Mike was one of them but yet that wasnt his, it was joeys. Will Mike take a fall for his friend Joey. Find what happens?
Christian Gramuglia
Jun 10, 2014 Christian Gramuglia rated it it was amazing
Rich Wallace wrote a great story with humor and realism. In this book the kid is faced upon telling the truth on who had the weed I his locker was it him or was it someone else. It gives a good life lesson on telling the truth because if he lies then he could be in big trouble but if he tells the truth his friends might hate him. The author uses a great setting for this book. I suggest this book to anyone.
Brock Chronister
Feb 22, 2016 Brock Chronister rated it really liked it
this book was is One good punch and it is by Rich Wallace. i did not like this book. This book is about one guy trying to get a girl. He would like to go to college.Then something bad happened tohim he got caught with some drugs in his locker.If you like storys with drugs and boys trying to get a girl then this is the book for you
Apr 13, 2008 Toni rated it really liked it
I actually read this book before I had a chance to put it on my to-read list. It's really short so it's a very quick read. I like the way the author wrote it too. Good book for teens, boys especially. If you have a young guy (middle school) who doesn't like to read this may be a good book to get him. It has a really surprise ending and the subject matter is something that young adults can relate. I'm not saying much about the book, except that I liked it a lot; telling much about the book will s ...more
Feb 13, 2008 bjneary rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Guys - Young Adult
Michael Kerrigan is a great guy, liked by all, who has principles and drive. During a random drug sweep in his high school, four joints are found in his locker. Mike has a decision to make and it is not any easy one. Mike works for the Scranton Observer newspaper writing obituaries and each chapter in this spare novel is a section in a newspaper, either an obituary or a news article. Written in short, rapid sentences, author Wallace dead on captures one teen's fight to be honest, still hold onto ...more
Oct 01, 2008 Chanel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: book-club
This book made my fingers burn from turning all the pages.

For me this book started when Joseph gives Kerrigan 4 joints.
Now this idiot gives it to him in school and he takes it. Anyway Kerrigan was bound to get in trouble and you can figure out the rest.

This is all the info I will give you, you have to read it on your own to know the rest. But if you read you will not regret reading it. Hope this review works for you later.
Cyndi Dwyer
Apr 05, 2008 Cyndi Dwyer rated it really liked it
Michael Kerrigan is almost too good to be true. Dedicated athlete, captain of the track team, editorial assistant (obituary writer) at the Scranton Observer, he's never been in trouble, and he doesn't associate with troublemakers. This is the most important track season of his life - and he's ready. Yet he makes some choices along the way that could have it all crashing down around him. How will he get out of this sticky situation?
Jul 04, 2008 Shaya rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting book about a boy who gets caught with drugs in his locker. Other people think he is "too good to be true." He gets amazing grades, wants to be a journalist, on the track team. It's only 100 pages and not really my subject. But, the way the plot develops is really cool. In a very short time period you learn enough about the boy and what goes into his thought process.
Feb 17, 2008 Marya rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-sports
Wow, what an atmospheric book of the burnt-out dead-end industrial Great Lakes region! Thrill as our hero goes nowhere! But keeps trying! Only to find it's even harder than he ever imagined!

On the other hand, if you don't think of the Great Lakes as a burnt-out shell, this might be not only a depressing, but disappointing read.
Janet B
Nov 08, 2011 Janet B rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was a short easy read, but couldn't put it down. It kept me so interested just waiting to see what happens next.

Micheal is in school good grades, great athlete, writes for the newspaper, has friends but gets in to a little trouble, when Marijuana
turns up in his back pack. Is It His Or Not?
May 31, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
I've always liked Wallace's novels, sporterroman in the best sense. It's not always easy to write about athletes without making sports the center of the plot. ONE GOOD PUNCH focuses on the ethical dilemma of a promising athlete that dramatically alters his high school career.
Nov 25, 2008 Alissa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen guys
Shelves: young-adult, 2008
A quick read, great tight prose, and an interesting dilemma. Also a great example of how we can be knocked down but how to get back up. This is also about telling the truth - your truth, not what people sometimes make up as the truth. All in all an excellent novel.
May 07, 2009 Kerri rated it liked it
Shelves: boy-books
Very quick read about a choice a boy has to make about doing the right thing. In my opinion, he chose wrong. That is why there are only three stars. The format is interesting, though. He writes obits for a newspaper and the book is set up in a similar format.
May 03, 2008 Gina rated it liked it
This was a good book for High School age kids. It's about a boy and the choice he has to make between telling the truth or staying loyal to a friend. I would say it appeals to boys more than girls. 9th grade and up.
Jan 22, 2010 Brock rated it really liked it
This book was really great to me. Sure, it started off kind of awkward with the book being away from the story and more in depth on Micheals job working at the observer but over all this book was pretty good.
Oct 07, 2011 Charlene rated it really liked it
At one time or another all of us make choices that affect our life in one way or another, yet how we choose to handle the possible outcome of those choices says something about our character.
Apr 01, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it
a very fast read that deals with honesty and integrity and consequences of our actions - a good lesson, one that i'm afraid that kids today won't learn or follow
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