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Friday, May 30, 2014

Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

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Caged Warrior is the kind of book that my students are going to line up to read! McCutcheon is a tough guy with a sensitive side. He's the man of the house and does what needs to be done to ensure that his sister Gemma has a coat on her back and food in her belly. Sometimes he doesn't like what has to be done. Under the watch of his abusive father, and the local gang that he belongs to, McCutcheon fights his way to the top of the circuit. Only there's a snag; his appropriately named science teacher, Mr. Freedman, realizes that McCutcheon has strength in intellect and not just his fists. The battle between brawn and brains that ensues is suspenseful and heart-wrenching, but it's the ending that will knock you out (pun intended!). I give Caged Warrior two thumbs up, especially for the urban teen-aged crowd.

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