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Wrestling Sturbridge by Rich Wallace
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Wrestling Sturbridge

by Rich Wallace

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Ben has been wrestling in his best friend Al's shadow since ninth grade. Everyone expects Al to win the state championship this year. Ben wants that state title, though, badly. He's willing to risk the friendship to take Al down and make something of himself before he is dragged down to follow in the footsteps of the wrestling alum in his town. They all work in his dead-end town at a cinder block factory ( )
  swimcoachjill | Jul 9, 2012 |
The finest young adult novel I've ever read (and there's been some mighty good competition in the past five years or so, the field attracting talented people like Philip Reeve and Michael Chabon). A terrific story, the central character credible and fallible, the novel, by turns, wry and suspenseful. "Coming of age" doesn't do it justice. This is an authentic depiction of young adulthood and I recommend it whole-heartedly... ( )
  CliffBurns | Nov 23, 2008 |
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Ben will be damned if he's going to stay in Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, when he gets out of high school. Work in the cinder block factory like everyone else? No way. He's also not going to let his friend Al win the state wrestling championship. Ben wants it more than Al does. Ben needs it more than Al does. Ben is going to win. Robert Cormier writes: "in a beautifully understated first novel, Rich Wallace brings the town and the teenager achingly alive as Ben wrestles not only his high school opponents, but with the big issues of life and love and the choices a teenager must make."

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Stuck in a small town where no one ever leaves and relegated by his wrestling coach to sit on the bench while his best frien becomes state champion, Ben decides he can't let his last high school wrestling season slip by without challenging his friend and the future.… (more)

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