Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak

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Cameron and Ruben Wolfe come from a family clinging to the ragged edge of the working class. To make money, the boys hook up with a sleazy fight promoter who sees something marketable in the untrained brothers¹ 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.
 

About Markus Zusak

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Australian author Markus Zusak was born in Sydney on June 23, 1975. He began writing at the age of 16, and seven years later his first book, The Underdog, was published. Zusak is best known for his award-winning young adult novels The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, both of which have been successful internationally and are Michael L. Printz Honor books.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by New York: Scholastic, (2001.). 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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From Australia, Zusak debuts with an intense tale about boxing, brotherly solidarity, and searching for self-respect.

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In earthy, working-class dialect, Australian novelist Zusak offers a lot of sports action as well as a sensitive inspection of sibling relationships and family pride. Times are tough for the Wolfe

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This book is acknowledged by many as one of the great books about boxing, desolation, and just getting by in the disaster areas sitting just left and right of the American dream.

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"In earthy working-class dialect, Australian novelist Zusak offers a lot of boxing action as well as a sensitive inspection of sibling relationship and family pride," wrote PW.

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Times are tough for the Wolfe family now that Mr. Wolfe, a plumber, has been injured on the job ("He's half a man, because it seems that when a man can't work and when his wife and kids earn all the money, a man becomes half a man").

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The Bookbag

Fighting Ruben Wolf is a much earlier book, getting a fresh cover and a welcome reissue by Definitions.

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IN FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE, Aussie newcomer Markus Zusak brings us into a world of dogfights and illegal boxing matches.

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