Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Shadow Boxer” as Want to Read:
Shadow Boxer
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Shadow Boxer

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  47 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Boxing is the family sport—but it’s killing the family in this riveting read from the author of Inexcusable, a National Book Award finalist.

It’s been five years since his father died, 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 comp
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1993)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Shadow Boxer, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Shadow Boxer

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Dale Wagner
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a young boy named George and his little brother Monty. Both boys love fighting or boxing. Their dad was a fighter and had a legacy in it but, fighting eventually led him to his death. With George being the man of the house and knowing how brutal the life of fighting is, he worries about Monty because fighting seems to come to him and he basically abscesses over it and George worries that it will kill him like it did to his father. George and Monty are movers in a way, George ...more
David  Despain
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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.
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.
Best Book ever!!!!
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.
Brodey Slagle
Jan 27, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Starting off good seems like an average bother thing with the older one using his age for an excuse, but other than that its building the moment of the unknown.
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book but it took me a while to get interested in it. The beginning was very boring, that is why it took me a while.
Leigh Paddon
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book about boxing and life. Again, nice to read a YA book from a male perspective.
Luis Hernandez
Jan 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You just learned how to be a fighter, now you just have to learn how not to be one.
rated it really liked it
Mar 17, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Jun 18, 2014
rated it really liked it
Dec 15, 2014
rated it liked it
Aug 09, 2011
rated it really liked it
Oct 12, 2011
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a very good book.
Jacquelyn Moorman
rated it did not like it
May 11, 2016
Dale J.
rated it liked it
Dec 31, 2011
rated it liked it
Apr 09, 2013
rated it liked it
Mar 14, 2012
Karen Siddall
rated it really liked it
Feb 28, 2012
rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2010
AC Mendoza
rated it it was amazing
Sep 15, 2015
Nathan Bottiger
rated it really liked it
Dec 10, 2015
rated it it was ok
Jul 19, 2011
Lymir Benn
rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2017
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
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
More about Chris Lynch...

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »