Fighting Ruben Wolfe

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What to expect

I say, ‘Don’t lose your heart, Rube.’ And very clearly, without moving, my brother answers me. He says, ‘I’m not tryin’ to lose it, Cam. I’m tryin’ to find it.’

The Wolfe brothers know how to fight. They’ve been fighting all their lives. Now there’s something more at stake than just winning.

A powerful, poignant novel from the author of the international bestseller, The Book Thief.

Critics Review

  • Written with a spare, gritty authenticity, this is a compelling and refreshingly brief novel by the author of the bestselling The Book Thief.

    The Guardian
  • Originally published in Zusak’s native Australia three years before the hugely successful The Book Thief hit these shores, Fighting Ruben Wolfe is a lithe and affecting short novel about two brothers who become lured into the seedy underbelly of an illegal boxing ring in order to make some money to help out their parents. With echoes of the vulnerable and questioning first person narrative of The Outsiders, this is a fiery and ruminative novel for young teenagers.

    The Bookseller
  • Gritty novella about tough lives in tough neighbourhoods at tough economic times. Short, sharp and punchy, it has moments of savage humour and pure pathos. There’s poetry in every life – even when it’s seeped in violence.

    bookbag.co.uk
  • An impressive and heartwarming story of fraternal and familial bonding.

    The Irish Times
  • The novel is […] a knockout

    The Irish Times

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