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Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak
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Fighting Ruben Wolfe is about two brothers named Cameron and Ruben Wolfe whose family is having a hard time finding a new job and paying taxes. Their older brother named Steven has ambitions, so he can't wait to leave the house. Their sister Sarah has an addiction to alcohol and a tardy reputation at school. Cameron and Rube hoped to get money by winning a bet at a dog track, but even with the policeman's help they were unsuccessful. But after Rube gets in a fight at school, word gets around and a man who runs fighters in an underground boxing league gets in touch with them. He wants both of the brothers to join, with the possibility of winning fifty dollar a fight. This might help them break out of their family cycle of despair, so they take advantage of this opportunity. But soon, the fighting starts to be for meaningful to them than the money. It's about fighting for who they are, for dignity, for a future; about not getting put down over and over again.

I liked this book because it explored the relationship between the two brothers very well, and it shows what a person in their situation is capable of doing when it comes to fighting for something they care for, which in this case is family.

I recommend this book to teens who like action novels, since that is one of the main themes in the story. There's action after another, which will sure keep the reader entertained and not wanting to stop reading.

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