Karr, Kathleen. The boxer.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

KARR, Kathleen. The boxer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Sunburst. 169p. c2000. 0-374-40886-6. $6.95. JS*

To quote from the review of the hardcover edition in KLIATT, September 2000: Johnny Woods, age 15, has been supporting his mother and his five little brothers and sisters ever since his father left the family two years before. Slaving away at a sweatshop barely gives him enough for the rent for their cramped tenement apartment in New York City in 1885, so when Johnny passes Brodie's Saloon and sees a sign offering a prize of $5 to the winner of a boxing match, he's eager to try his luck--only to be arrested almost immediately, as boxing is illegal. Johnny is sent off to prison for six months. There his luck changes, as he meets O'Shaunnessey, a former boxing champion who teaches Johnny the correct way to box, and after prison takes him under his wing and grooms him as a lightweight. Johnny becomes known as "the Chopper" and is undefeated in his many bouts, meanwhile struggling to...

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