Knockout Games

Knockout Games

eBook - 2014
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For Kalvin Barnes, the only thing that comes close to the rush of playing the knockout game is watching videos of the knockout game.

Kalvin's crew always takes videos of their KOs, but Kalvin wants more--something better. He thinks if someone could really see the game for what it was, could appreciate it, could capture the essence of it--that would be a video for all time. The world would have to notice.

That's where Erica comes in. She's new in town. Awkward. Shy. White. But she's got a good camera and a filmmaker's eye. She could learn. Kalvin could open her eyes to the power he sees in the knockout game; he could make her see things his way. But first she'll have to close her eyes to everything else.

For a while, Kalvin's knockouts are strangers. For a while, Erica can ignore their suffering in the rush of creativity and Kalvin's attention. Then comes the KO that forces her eyes open, that makes her see what's really happening.

No one wins the knockout game.

Coretta Scott King Award honoree G. Neri captures the notorious and terrifying knockout game and its players in an unflinching novel that's hard to read and impossible to put down.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, [2014]
ISBN: 9781467765947
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: Knock-out games


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ChristchurchLib Oct 06, 2014

""One hit or quit." That's the rule of the TKOs boxing club, led by Kalvin, the "Knockout King" -- who's also 16-year-old Erica's new boyfriend. At first, Erica is thrilled by the adrenaline rush of filming the TKOs as they challenge each other to brutally punch out random strangers. But their actions soon explode out of control, even as Kalvin's control over Erica grows stronger. Loaded with ripped-from-the-headlines drama, Knockout Games is harsh, intense, and thought-provoking. For a more hopeful but equally gripping story of urban teens trying to untangle loyalty and violence, check out Jason Reynolds' When I Was the Greatest." Teen Scene October 2014 newsletter

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