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The Berlin Boxing Club (Reprint) (Paperback)

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Sydney Taylor Award-winning novel Berlin Boxing Club is loosely inspired by the true story of boxer Max Schmeling's experiences following Kristallnacht. Publishers Weekly called it "a masterful historical novel" in a starred review.

Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew; after all, he's never even been in a synagogue. But the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin don't care that Karl's family doesn't practice religion. Demoralized by their attacks against a heritage he doesn't accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth.

Then Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German hero, makes a deal with Karl's father to give Karl boxing lessons. A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but now it seems like the perfect chance to reinvent himself.

But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: family protector. And as Max's fame forces him to associate with Nazi elites, Karl begins to wonder where his hero's sympathies truly lie. Can Karl balance his boxing dreams with his obligation to keep his family out of harm's way?

Includes an author's note and sources page detailing the factual inspirations behind the novel.

In 1936 Berlin, 14-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust. By the author of the award-winning My Mother the Cheerleader. 25,000 first printing.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 404
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Issues / Friendship, Sports + Recreation / General, Historical / Holocaust
Format: Paperback
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Range: Teen
Language: English
Street Date: October 23, 2012
TCIN: 14185853
UPC: 9780061579707
Item Number (DPCI): 248-80-7565
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