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A fight for his people.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...
A fight for his people.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...
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  • A fight for his people.

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 30, 1985
    The final installment of the trilogy begun with The Contender and The Brave is ``guaranteed to raise more than a few goosebumps,'' according to PW's starred review. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)q

  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 3, 1993
    Lipsyte fans will be delighted to discover that the final installment in the trilogy begun by The Contender is worthy, in every way, of the fine novels that preceded it. The language, concise and powerful, moves the story along at a seemingly effortless clip; its staccato cadences are guaranteed to raise more than a few goosebumps. Sonny Bear, the half-Moscondaga, half-white protagonist of The Brave , is back, eking out a meager living on the professional boxing circuit. Also making a return appearance is aspiring novelist Marty Witherspoon, Sonny's old friend and the tale's narrator, who finds himself acting as publicity manager for the aspiring heavyweight champ on an impromptu trip to Las Vegas. Marty's angling lands Sonny in a glitzy and highly publicized match, which indirectly leads him into the hands of a bunch of Hollywood agents who want to make him the country's next TV idol. Before the glamour can take too much of a toll on him, violent events call Sonny back to the reservation, where a newly built casino threatens to destroy the soul of the Moscondaga Nation. Dramatic doings, terse and thrilling language and deftly sketched characters produce a heart-pounding read. Ages 12-up.

  • Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    "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

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