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Fighting Ruben Wolfe

Zusak, Markus

Verlag: Push, 2002
ISBN 10: 0439241871 / ISBN 13: 9780439241878
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Titel: Fighting Ruben Wolfe

Verlag: Push

Erscheinungsdatum: 2002

Einband: Soft cover

Zustand: New

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This stunning debut novel introduces Cameron and Ruben Wolfe, brothers from a working class family. To make money, the boys hook up with a sleazy fight promoter, who sees something marketable in the untrained brothers' vulnerability. But the Wolfe brothers are fighting for more than tips and pay-off money--it soon becomes a fight for identity, for dignity, and for each other. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0439241871

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Inhaltsangabe: FIGHT CLUB meets THE OUTSIDERS in this knockout debut, written in a voice both fierce and sensitive.

The working class family of Cameron Wolfe and his brother Ruben isn't having much luck these days. Their dad has just lost his job and is too proud to go on welfare. Their older brother has moved out of the house in disgust. Which leaves them open to suggestion when a local boxing promotor signs them up for illegal bouts. But it's more than the meager winnings that draws the two brothers in. Soon they find themselves fighting for something else. Is it pride? Love? Or just the experience of winning for once?
A knockout debut from the front lines of a family's recession.

Rezension: As Cameron and Ruben Wolfe walk home from school one day, a rough bloke awaits them at their gate. "Can we talk inside?" he asks.

"Well, for starters," Rube answers, "who the hell are y'?"

"Oh, I'm sorry," says the stranger. "I'm a guy who can either change your life or smack it into the ground for bein' smart."

The brothers decide to listen. They keep listening, and soon they're embroiled in a ruthless underground world of sleazy amateur boxing, 50 bucks for a win, a decent tip for a loss. The intensity of this kind of fighting goes beyond the obvious violence and danger, though, as Cameron wonders whether he even wants to come out from his brother's shadow and both boys seek an identity beyond that of their painfully harsh working class family's.

Markus Zusak pens a surprisingly complex and touching story that will linger long with readers. The language is hard-hitting, witty, and authentic--as are the emotions and action. Fighting Ruben Wolfe is not about boxing. It's about respect, stubborn pride, and real brotherly love. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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