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Shadow Boxer

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I was nine years old the first time I hit my father and made him bleed. He was proud.

It's now five years after his father's death, and fourteen-year-old George is the man of the family. He knows all too well how brutal the life of a fighter can be. Didn't it kill his father?

But Monty, George's younger brother, has a completely different attitude. Boxing comes naturally to

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Published October 1st 1997 by Peter Smith Publisher (first published 1993)
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Rachel Parker
This book is the story of two brothers, George who is fourteen and Monty who is eleven. They live in a rough neighborhood with their mother because their father died in a boxing match. George now feels that since his mother has to work a lot he needs to be "the man" around the house and be a father to Monty. George teaches Monty all he knows, including all his father taught him about boxing. George thinks everything is going really well until he finds out that secretly Monty is training to be a ...more
David  Despain
Honestly, this was just a good story. It was one of those books that should become a timeless classic. It is a story in the finest tradition of Rocky, Warrior, and Cinderella Man. Yet, unlike these classic films it there much boxing. It isn't about the boxing, but teaches it's lesson in a very different way than a traditional combat sport film or book. This is not a novel about fighting but that life is more than fighting. That there is as much dignity in having lived without violence, than bein ...more
Joseph Cumberworth
Boxing is the family sport. After their father's death, George and Monty have to live life with a single mother. George doesn't want boxing to be part of the family anymore, but Monty wants to be a boxer. Their life and stories living in a rough neighborhood.

I liked that this book had some fights in it, I mean it is a boxing book. That's about it though, I didn't feel particularly connected with anyone or anything in the book, and there was nothing that really caught me or sucked me in.
Bobby Parker
George's father was a boxer and taught him almost everything he knew before he died especially not to be a fighter. After his father's death George becomes the man of the house and responsible for his little brother. George (like his father) teaches him how to fight but not to fight unless you have to. Unfortunately George's brother is very good and wants to be a fighter like his old man. It doesn't help that their uncle Archie has a gym. This story becomes a question of how will George save his ...more
Khachatur Bulutyan
I choose this book because I like any books that have to do with sports and this one was about boxing. In the exposition you meet him and his father they get along great, the in the raising action the father training with him. In the climax his father dies, in the falling action main character‘s brother once to box, and at the end of the book his brother Gorge starts boxing. My favorite quote was “I was nine years old the first time I hit my father and made him bleed” because that was the time w ...more
George's dad was a boxer, a good one. However, George does not want to continue the boxing tradition, especially now that Dad is dead. He also wants to keep younger brother Monty out of the business, but Monty has other ideas.

Gritty, some violence, inner-city life. It was ok, just didn't suck me in.
I think perhaps I would need to be a man with a brother (and perhaps have more of an interest in boxing) to really understand this book, but it was still touching and powerful and memorable. I think it would be great for a few of my more reluctant readers.
The first Chris Lynch book I ever read (for a college course). I knew right away that he was a great author for young males.
Luis Hernandez
"You just learned how to be a fighter, now you just have to learn how not to be one.
It was a very good book.
Best Book ever!!!!
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Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including KILL SWITCH, ANGRY YOUNG MAN, and INEXCUSABLE, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of FREEWILL, GOLD DUST, ICEMAN, GYPSY DAVY, and SHADOWBOXER, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; EXTREME ELVIN WHITECHURCH, and ALL THE ...more
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