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As the second-best 135-pound wrestler in his high school, Ben watches as a friend''s future becomes brighter and his turns dim. Eager to leave his home town of Sturbridge, Pennsylvania--and to avoid a dismal future working in a cinder block factory--Ben looks for a way out.
"...exciting and well done...a gem that deals with the gritty emotion of being a teenage boy who matures into a man."
"...the author tells a terrific story--subtle, funny, cleanly drawn. Benny; his pals; his girlfriend, Kim; and his family are all vivid characters and it is a pleasure to read about them."
"There are only a few contemporary writers who can hit the mark with teenage boys, and Rich Wallace, with his first novel, seems likely to join that group."
"Here's a contender--tough, smart, all the right moves. With his first novel, Rich Wallace vaults into the first string with Bruce Brooks and Chris Crutcher."
"Beautifully written...a chance to be inside the head of a boy just as he becomes a man."
"The young characters here, male and female, are all athletes, but not stereotyped jocks, and Wallace limns the pleasures and limitations of small-town culture with a sure hand."
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Stuck in a small town where no one ever leaves and relegated by his wrestling coach to sit on the bench while his best friend becomes state champion, Ben decides he can't let his last high school wrestling season slip by without challenging his friend and the future.Stuck in a small town where no one ever leaves and relegated by his wrestling coach to sit on the bench while his best friend becomes state champion, Ben decides he can't let his last high school wrestling season slip by without challenging his friend and the future