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Straight Punch
By (author): Monique Polak
Monique Polak


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:

Electronic book text

Form detail:

Electronic book text , Reflowable , EPUB


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Mar 01, 2014
$9.99 CAD


8.25in x 5.5 in

Page Count:

256 pages
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
jC813/.6 23
Stellar Book Award nominee 2015, Short-listed Quebec Writer's Federation nominee 2014, Short-listed Junior Library Guild selection 2014, Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2015, Commended YALSA Quick Picks selection 2015, Commended CCBC Best Books 2014, Commended
  • Short Description
Tessa gets caught tagging and ends up in an alternative school where boxing is a big part of the program.
Tessa fights to keep her school from going down for the count.

Tessa McPhail has a bad habit—tagging—that lands her at New Directions, an alternative school in Montreal’s toughest neighborhood. The school is far from Tessa’s home and full of troubled kids. To make matters worse, half of every school day is devoted to boxing. The other students think boxing is cool. Not Tessa, who cannot handle violence of any kind. But when a neighbor starts a petition to have New Directions closed down, Tessa discovers something worth fighting for, both in and out of the ring.

Monique Polak is the author of more than thirty books for young people. She is the three-time winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and YA Literature for her novels Hate Mail, What World is Left and Room for One More. In addition to teaching at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Monique is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Maclean's Magazine, the Montreal Gazette and other Postmedia newspapers. She is also a columnist on ICI Radio-Canada's Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! In 2016, Monique was the CBC/Quebec Writers' Federation inaugural writer-in-residence. Monique lives in Montreal.

"Polak keeps her prose simple and straightforward, providing her readers with a suspenseful, insightful story that ticks off some hot buttons. The high-interest graffiti/boxing combo is supported by real affection for throwaway teens, resulting in a story that should have broad appeal. Though simple, the story provides both insight and entertainment." - Kirkus Reviews

"A unique story...It was well written and I loved how Tessa grew as a person throughout her rough experiences." - Bethesda Teen Reads

"Polak excels at portraying her characters...[She] also provides a behind-the-scenes look at boxing and some of the dynamics involved when two people must be trained to fight each other. Issues of teen pregnancy and homosexuality are handled with care...Fans of Playing with the Boys...will enjoy this book, as will anyone looking for strong relationships without romance." - VOYA

"Tessa’s backstory is fully fleshed out and explains her aversion to violence following an out-of-control hockey brawl that left her scarred. Tessa’s character represents how many feel about violent sports and as she grows to the sport and embraces it, readers will too." - Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

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