The Berlin Boxing Club
  • The Berlin Boxing Club
  • The Berlin Boxing Club
  • The Berlin Boxing Club
ISBN: 006157970X
EAN13: 9780061579707
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 23, 2012
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 7.8" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Naziera Berlin, it doesn't matter that Karl has never set foot in a synagogue or that his family doesn't practice religion. Demoralized by relentless attacks on a heritage he doesn't accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth to everyone around him.

So when Max Schmeling, champion boxer and German national hero, makes a deal with Karl's father to give Karl boxing lessons, Karl sees it as the perfect chance to reinvent himself. A skilled cartoonist, Karl has never had an interest in boxing, but as Max becomes the mentor Karl never had, Karl soon finds both his boxing skills and his art flourishing.

But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: protector of his family. Karl longs to ask his new mentor for help, but with Max's fame growing, he is forced to associate with Hitler and other Nazi elites, leaving Karl to wonder where his hero's sympathies truly lie. Can Karl balance his dream of boxing greatness with his obligation to keep his family out of harm's way?

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   Better than I thought
The period in history that led up to WWII is captured in this book. The hero of the book is a young boy who befriends the great German boxer who fought Joe Louis. During the 1930's, a Jewish family was not allowed to stay in the country. It is told in a straightforward and honest manner.
   I hate books but this one? Its decent
I don't like to read and class assignments make me crazy. The teacher was very entertaining and she told us which book she likes the most. I finished a book without using sparknotes for the first time in 10 years after I was recommended this one. I want to keep my mouth shut so I suggest you read the back cover and see if you like it, but I don't want you to know what's going to happen.
   Great book for WWII buffs and boxing fans
The Berlin Boxing Club is a great read that mixes history and fiction. There is a build up of Nazi influence under the cover of an excellent boxing tale. The portrayal of Max was realistic and compassionate. I think this book is very good.
   Love it!
The book takes place in the 30's before WWII, but I love Holocaust books. It's a great way to see what happened prior to the Holocaust and what happened after.
   Great book no problems with order.
My brother gave me his old book of this which was a great read and I am not much of a reading person but after completing the book it was ruined so I ordered him a new one.
   A work of Historical fiction that makes the past come alive
The book told the horrors of what happened to the Jews and my family in the lead up to WW II. After the war, my father became a jewish boxer and left the communist Russia.
   I ended up hating this one because I like Unboxing vidoes on youtube
I thought I would give a boxing book a try because I like Unboxing on the internet. It was not what I thought it was.
   An Incredible Story, A Strong Character
This novel caught my attention. I am one of the few people who did not fall in love with The Book Thief. The story did not impress me as much as I would have liked, but I liked the use of Death as a narrator. This story made me want to read it. I was entranced by the fear and determination of this wolrld. Karl had strengths and flaws. He was real. His situation with people who bully is not new. His struggle to accept himself for who he is can be compared to many other situations. His desire to grow stronger, be better and find courage makes him endearing. I can see myself in Karl, even though I was not a teen during WW2. This is a very good recommendation. This novel should be made into a film. It is wonderful.