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The Boxer and the Spy

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Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.


Gr 9 Up-A conversation accidentally overheard leads to a body washing ashore in a small town on the Massachusetts shoreline. When the death of shy high school student Jason Green is deemed a suicide as a result of steroid use, his friend Terry, a 15-year-old boxer-in-training, begins to ask questions in this young adult novel (Philomel, 2008) by prolific adult mystery author Robert B. Parker. Something just doesn't click for Terry in the police statement. When he and his best friend Abby decide to investigate, they indirectly anger not only Kip, the local high school hot shot and bully, but also some important school officials. The teens determine that Jason may have actually been murdered. As their investigation progresses, Terry learns how to deal with the people around him, his own anger, and his growing feelings for Abby. His boxing lessons become a great resource to help him learn about himself. Scott Brick's narration is well done, and he distinguishes each character with changes in the cadence, depth, and gruffness of his voice. Some of the author's phrase choices and vocabulary occasionally make Terry sound older than 15. A supplemental purchase for fans of mystery and coming-of-age stories as well as reluctant readers.-Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

[U]ndeniable appeal to teen readers. School Library Journal

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