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Why I Fight



About The Book

Left alone for days on end, twelve-and-a-half-year-old Wyatt Reaves burns down the family house. His parents lose everything, but Wyatt’s favorite uncle, Spade, whisks him away to “safety.” Spade sees potential in the boy—to earn money—in the bare-fist fight racket. As the two travel across America for the next six years, living off Wyatt’s earnings and the goodness of ladyfriends, Wyatt begins to search for who he really is . . . and to realize who he isn’t.

About The Author

J. Adams Oaks is a writer, editor, and translator from Chicago

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 20, 2010)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442402546
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 770 The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Awards and Honors

  • Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Master List
  • ALA Best Books For Young Adults
  • TAYSHAS Reading List (TX)

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