Knockout is a middle grade novel written from the perspective of a kid who wants nothing more than to be treated as normal. Written as a novel in verse— told through shaped poetry alongside typical prose.

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As a baby, Levi had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He’s fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he’s always been. He feels stuck.

So when his dad— divorced from his mom— suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a killer boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he’s found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?

This gripping, funny novel in verse looks at what it means to be a typical kid, and all the many definitions of strength.

• Perfect for parents of reluctant readers, educators and librarians, middle grade readers, new readers of poetry, and fans of boxing

Ages 9+

Manufacturer SKU9781797205311
AuthorK.A. Holt


Chronicle Books

Weight .97 lbs
Dimensions 1.4 × 5.65 × 8.1 in


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