Click the “Boxing/Martial Arts” link above to find texts for the boxing/martial arts enthusiasts in your classroom.  Enjoy!

Key:

^ Nonfiction

# Other: Poetry, Drama, etc.

*Grade levels are based on reviews from sources such as School Library Journal, Booklist, etc. They do not necessarily represent Alan’s views on grade level appropriateness.

Boxing

Hope ^ A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la Peña and Kadir Nelson (Grades 1-3)

American Son: My Story^ American Son: My Story by Oscar De La Hoya and Steve Springer

Hurricane ^ Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter by James S. Hirsch (Social Justice)

King ^ King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick

Knockout  Knockout by K.A. Holt (Grades 4-6)

REACH!: FINDING STRENGTH, SPIRIT, AND PERSONAL POWER^ Reach!: Finding Strength, Spirit, and Personal Power by Laila Ali (Female Protagonist)

RedhandedRedhanded by Michael Cadnum (Grades 7-10)

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Deluxe# Superman vs. Muhammad Ali by Dennis O’Neal and Neil Adams

The Berlin Boxing ClubThe Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (Multicultural, Bullying)

Smoke  # The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

The Boxer and the SpyThe Boxer and the Spy by Robert B. Parker (Grades 9-11)

The BraveThe Brave by Robert Lipsyte (Multicultural; Grades 8-10)

The ContenderThe Contender by Robert Lipsyte (Grades 8-10)

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali^ The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers (Multicultural; Grades 7-10)

   The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (Multicultural)

The RingThe Ring by Bobbie Pyron (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-10)

The Tao of Muhammad Ali (Vintage Originals)^ The Tao of Muhammad Ali by Davis Miller

The Whole Sky Full of StarsThe Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña, Jr. (Grades 6-9)

Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali # Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith Jr. and Bryan Collier (Multicultural)

Martial Arts

Bruised by Sarah Skilton (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-12)

Caged  Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (Grades 9-12)

FeetFlying Feet by James McCann (Grades 5-8)

KatanaKatana by Cole Gibsen (Female Protagonist; Grades 7-10)

warrior   Noble Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (Grades 9-12)

Tap Tap Out by Eric Devine (Grades 10-12)

Side The Dojo: Side Control by Patrick Jones (Series; Grades 6-9)

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