The Berlin Boxing Club
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In 1936, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.
You don't have to like boxing. I don't like boxing. I don't like Holocaust books, either, but I liked this one a lot.
Set in 1930's Berlin, this second novel by the author of "My Mother the Cheerleader" explores the unlikely friendship between a young Jewish boy and boxing champion and German hero, Max Schmeling.
(Gr 7 & Up) This powerful and thought-provoking novel set in Berlin from 1934 to 1938 dramatically chronicles the impact of Hitler's rise to power through the eyes of Karl Stern. After a beating by some pro-Nazi bullies, the 13-year-old Karl accepts the chance to be coached by Max Schmeling,... Read More »
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Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Nazi-era 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 hi 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? (summary quoted from the inside jacket)
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