Synopses & Reviews
Hard-hitting historical fiction
Ever since his father ran off two years before, fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods has struggled to help support his ma and five siblings, sacrificing his own schooling in the process. Still, there's been hardly enough money each month to make the rent, and Johnny's dream of a house in Brooklyn, away from the tenement slums, is out of reach.
Then Johnny discovers boxing. He is a natural-born fighter, with street smarts, determination, and an explosive uppercut. Although boxing is illegal in 1885 New York, Johnny powers his way through every obstacle, believing he has found the means to raise himself and his family out of poverty. But as he moves closer to his biggest fight yet, Johnny must reconcile his need to help his loved ones with a sharpening desire to achieve something outside the ring, starting with his education. In bringing to life Johnny's struggle and ultimate success, Kathleen Karr offers readers a compelling portrait of an appealing young champion.
"An enticing mix of sports, action, family drama and period detail in this saga of an amateur boxer growing up in 19th-century Manhattan . . . The book's one-two-punch pacing and warmhearted resolutions will keep the pages turning." --Publishers Weekly
Fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods has struggled to support his family since his father ran off two years before, and sacrifices his schooling in the process. As a natural-born fighter with street smarts and determination, he discovers boxing. Although boxing is illegal in 1885 New York, Johnny powers his way through every obstacle.
About the Author
is the author of several books, including The Great Turkey Walk
, which was named a Best Book of the Year by both School Library Journal
and Publishers Weekly
. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.