Leverage by JoshuaC. Cohen

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A timely book about bullies, their victims, and a high school football team where winning is the only thing that matters

This intense sports novel will strike a chord with those who followed the tragic football stories that broke in 2011. In this heart-pounding debut, Joshua C. Cohen conveys the pressures and politics of being a high school athlete in a way that is both insightful and compelling. At Oregrove High, there's an extraordinary price for victory, paid both on and off the football field, and it claims its victims without mercy. When the unthinkable happens, an unlikely friendship is at the heart of an increasingly violent, steroid-infused power struggle. This is a book that will stay with readers long after they turn the last page.

About JoshuaC. Cohen

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Joshua Cohen is a former collegiate gymnast who now lives with his wife in New York City.
Published February 17, 2011 by Speak. 434 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kurt and Danny are on high-school teams vastly different in school status.

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(And aspects of it seem almost prescient, given the recent Penn State scandal.) Finally, like Crutcher, Cohen might want to brace himself for book challenges: In addition to loads of profanity (always a favorite target of book challengers, regardless of how it mirrors the reality of the high...

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When a series of confrontations between the gymnasts and the football players escalates into tragic violence, Danny and Kurt must find a way to work together to save themselves and their friends.

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As a gymnast he spends most of his out of school time working on being the best he can be, to help meet his goals: First, win the state high bar championship, next he will be captain of the gymnastic team, and finally as a senior he will win the state all around award and a full ride to the colle...

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