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The contender

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The breakthrough modern sports novel The Contender shows readers the true meaning of being a hero.

This acclaimed novel by celebrated sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in YA fiction, is the story of a young boxer in Harlem who overcomes hardships and finds hope in the ring on his path to becoming a contender.

Alfred Brooks is scared. He's a high-school 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 boxer--that before you can be a champion, you have to be a contender.

ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children's Book * New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

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Grouped Work ID 2b78c36f-db42-bcb0-64a1-75a7426803fe
Full title contender
Author lipsyte robert
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-23 09:51:16AM
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subject_facet African Americans, African Americans -- Fiction, African Americans -- Juvenile fiction, African-Americans. -- Fiction, Audiobooks, Boxers (Sports), Boxing, Boxing -- Fiction, Boxing stories, Children's audiobooks, Compact discs, Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction, Juvenile delinquency. -- Fiction, Large type books, Sports, Sports -- Fiction
title_display The contender
title_full The Contender [sound recording] / by Robert Lipsyte, The Contender [sound recording] Lipsyte, Robert., The contender / by Robert Lipsyte, The contender [playaway] / by Robert Lipsyte, The contender [sound recording] / by Robert Lipsyte
title_short The contender
topic_facet African Americans, African-Americans, Audiobooks, Boxers (Sports), Boxing, Boxing stories, Children's audiobooks, Fiction, Juvenile delinquency, Large type books, Sports