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


^ 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.


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)

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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