Sonny Bear, the heavyweight champ, is on a fast downhill slide, and there's no brake in sight. Nothing seems to matter anymore -- not the money, not the fame, and not even the title. Sonny needs something -- or someone -- to make him realize that he is still the champ.
Starkey has never met Sonny, but he knows that he can help him get back in the ring. But first Starkey needs to find Sonny before it's too late.
With Starkey's help, Sonny gets back on track -- but will his rise back to the top mean a knockout for Starkey?
Robert Lipsyte, recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in young adult fiction, returns to the characters from his award-winning novels The Contender, The Brave, and The Chief in this long-awaited powerful conclusion to the series.
About the Author
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.
“Lipsyte’s combination of gritty emotional realism and vivid descriptions of boxing action makes this fast-paced story a gripping read.”
— ALA Booklist
“Lipsyte cannily teases the action along. Readers will be rapt at ringside ’til the decision is called.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“In this conclusion to his boxing saga…Lipsyte demonstrates his sportswriter’s gift of muscular prose and vivid details.”
— Kirkus Reviews