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 Fist for Joe Louis and me (Tales of young Americans series)
 Author: Noble, Trinka Hakes

 Publisher:  Sleeping Bear Press (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [31] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 677956 ISBN: 9781534110168
 Ages: 6-8 Grades: 1-3

 Friendship -- Fiction
 Boxing -- Fiction
 Family life -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Fiction
 African Americans -- Fiction
 Germans -- Michigan -- Fiction
 Jews -- United States -- Fiction
 Detroit (Mich.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

In Depression-era Detroit, Gordy and Ira, one African-American and one German-Jewish, bond over a shared interest in boxing as America awaits the rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.

 Illustrator: Tadgell, Nicole

   Booklist (09/01/19)

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Booklist - 09/01/2019 The 1938 boxing match between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling was known as the Fight of the Century, and Noble filters this historic event through the eyes of Gordy, a boxing-loving African American kid in Detroit. When his mother begins working for a Jewish tailor, Gordy bonds with the tailor’s son, Ira, over boxing, and the boys take turns pretending to be Louis in fake backyard matches, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the big night. At times the symbolic nature of the fight is doled out with too heavy a hand, but the friendship between the boys rings true. Tadgell’s watercolor illustrations turn Depression-era Detroit into a thing of beauty, with crepuscular purples, blues, and gold washing over skyline scenes, fan-filled boxing arenas, marching soldiers, and, of course, the boys at play. One especially memorable illustration shows the boys facing off, their shadows spilling forth their boxing names, Gordy Steel and Iron Ira. An author’s note provides extra context for this entry in the Tales of Young America series. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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