|A sequel to the best-selling The Contender and The Brave chronicles the further adventures of teen heavyweight boxer Sonny Bear and police sergeant Alfred Brooks as they face the dangers of Las Vegas, Hollywood, and the Moscondaga Reservation. Reissue. *Author: Lipsyte, Robert *Publication Date: 1995/03/01 *Number of Pages: 226 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 6.75|
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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.
The final entry of the trilogy that began with "The Contender" and "The Brave." Native American Sonny Bear, an aspiring heavyweight champion boxer, travels to Las Vegas with his publicist, would-be novelist Marty Witherspoon. Through Marty's efforts, Sonny finds himself involved in a highly publicized boxing match--and fielding offers to become a Hollywood film star. Will Sonny's ties and loyalties to his tribe, the Moscandaga Nation, prevent him from pursuing his dream?
Robert Lipsyte graduated from Columbia University and began working as a copy boy for the sports section of the "New York Times." Soon afterwards, he had his own sports column and eventually a television program, "The Eleventh Hour." As host of that program, he met boxing manager Cus D'Amato and it was this meeting that prompted Lipsyte to write his first young adult novel, THE CONTENDER, which is about boxing. Lipsyte waited 10 years before publishing his next work for young adults, ONE FAT SUMMER, which was a reflection on his own childhood and was followed by two sequels--SUMMER RULES and THE SUMMERBOY. In 1991 he returned to the world of boxing with THE BRAVE, which reintroduced the character of Albert Brooks, who readers first met in THE CONTENDER nearly 25 years earlier. In 2001, Lipsyte was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.