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Sonny Bear, the Tomahawk Kid, has a championship left hook. But his boxing career's going nowhere, and he's ready to hang it up.
Then his manager, tough ex-cop Alfred Brooks, and his "writer," college boy Martin Malcolm Witherspoon, scheme Sonny into a glitzy Las Vegas match. Suddenly he's everybody's darling and headed for Hollywood stardom.
But fame isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Sonny needs to make the fight of his life to decide where he really belongs.
Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show The Eleventh Hour. He is the author of twelve acclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. He lives in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with his wife, Lois, and his dog, Milo.
“Dramatic doings, terse and thrilling language, and deftly sketched characters produce a heart-pounding read.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Pulse-pounding action scenes… Memorable sports fiction.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Engrossing and involving, the story has action, character development, humor, and a strong, satisfying finish.” — ALA Booklist