Tap Out by Eric Devine

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*2013 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers* 
*Booklist Top 10 Sports Book for Youth: 2013 selection*
Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself.
When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixed Martial Arts class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him, Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out.
Gritty, powerful, and unapologetic, Tap Out explores what it takes to stay true to oneself and the consequences of the choices made along the way in order to do so.

About Eric Devine

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Eric Devine is currently a writer, high school English teacher, and educational consultant. He is also the author of This Side of Normal, a novel about a teen struggling with type 1 diabetes. He lives in Waterford, New York, with his family, and can be found online at ericdevine.org and on Twitter @eric_devine.
Published September 11, 2012 by Running Press Kids. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A boy who knows only grinding despair finds hope within the walls of a gym.

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