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At Gleason’s Gym

by Ted Lewin

Published by A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007
40 pages
ISBN: 1-59643-231-4

Ages 8-12

Spilling across a portrait of a common office building, powerful red letters shout “Bam Bam Bam!” “Smack!” and “Thump Thump!” This is the entrance to Gleason’s Gym. For those unfamiliar with the boxing world, Gleason’s Gym is landmark—“It’s down on the Brooklyn waterfront just a left hook away from the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s the most famous boxing gym in the world.” Inside the nondescript building is an impressive world of sights, sounds, and the smell of sweat. Boxers of all ages, boys and girls, men and women, novices and professionals train at Gleason’s Gym. Meet Sugar Boy, a nine-year-old fighting champion. Sugar Boy works on his boxing skills six days a week. “Bzzzzzz!” rings the bell during practice rounds. “Pop! Pop! Pop!” is the sound of padded punches. “Ratatatatata” is the rhythmic pounding of swings on a punching bag. As Sugar Boy trains for an upcoming championship, he is surrounded by a community of boxers who exhibit tremendous strength in mind and body. Author, illustrator, and former professional wrestler Ted Lewin portrays boxing in a fresh light in this action-filled visit to Gleason’s Gym.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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