Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Naziera Berlin, it doesn't matter that Karl has never set foot in a synagogue or that his family doesn't practice religion. Demoralized by relentless attacks on a heritage he doesn't accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth to everyone around him.
So when Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German national hero, makes a deal with Karl's father to give Karl boxing lessons, Karl sees it as the perfect chance to reinvent himself. A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but as Max becomes the mentor Karl never had, Karl soon finds both his boxing skills and his art flourishing.
But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: protector of his family. Karl longs to ask his new mentor for help, but with Max's fame growing, he is forced to associate with Hitler and other Nazi elites, leaving Karl to wonder where his hero's sympathies truly lie. Can Karl balance his dream of boxing greatness with his obligation to keep his family out of harm's way?
Didn't realize this was HarperTeen when I bought it. Usually not a fan of young adult fiction, but I read the whole thing in one sitting. Read morePublished 23 days ago by J. E Hoffman
A great book with a combination of action, emotion, and truth about what Germany was like before, during, and after the Holocaust. This book is a must read!Published 8 months ago by J. Sanniota
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have read a book about boxing. I did, however, and I loved it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dep
This was a very good book. It had a good plot and was well paced. It had some funny parts as well as serious parts. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jenny D
This book was so well-written and entertaining I literally read it non-stop in 6 hours! I only wish it was another 400 pages. I didn't want the story to end. Read morePublished 11 months ago by the Book Reader
This book was a true story that revealed a lot. There were moment that made me full of joy and there were times when I was sad. I wish there was a second book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tiffany Brown
I was not expecting to check this book out at the library; I saw it, read the description really quickly, made a split-second decision, and took it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jordan Rose
Interesting view on something I knew nothing about. Jaw dropper in several places... Definitely a must read... Four out of FivePublished 14 months ago by Chicabzf