Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he 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 daddivorced from his momsuggests 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?...
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Knock Out, a novel in verse, by Holt is the companion novel to House Arrest, which I loved as well. In House Arrest the reader knew Levi as the infant who has medically fragile. In Knock Out, he is now 12 years old and trying to get his family to not see him as the delicate child he once was. Levi is trying to find his place in the world and he may have just found it in the boxing ring. I love novels ...more
The verse style of this book made it a serious page turner. Following Levi’s words as they weave together his stour. This book follows Levi a frontally “medically fragile” baby into his journey to find himself. This book is an amazing extension of the book House Arrest and takes a look at how life, experiences and people are perceived depending on circumstances.
~I received a free copy of this from Chronicle Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
Knockout was definitely different than I was expecting! Written in prose, it was straight to the point and quite blunt, as prose books tend to be, but still allowed you to really know the main character, Levi. It was easy to feel for him and to empathize with his difficult situation.
The plot, as a whole, was very solid. The book seemed long at first but flew by due to the fast pacing (which I ...more
5/5 for KNOCKOUT by #KAHolt. Thank you to @chroniclebooks for the ARC to share with #kidlitexchange. All opinions are my own. Out March 2018!
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KNOCKOUT is an awesome read about a kid who wants to be seen for who he is now, not who he used to be. It's a quick read since it's a novel in verse, but I can imagine kids slowing down to savor the words and the message of Holt's book. With themes of identity, standing up for y ...more
Really satisfying companion to House Arrest, this is the story of that novel's baby Levi, now entering the seventh grade. It is a year of transformation for Levi as he struggles to figure out who exactly he is. Mom and older brother Timothy still tend to hover over Levi while his father encourages him to find a sport to participate in. When Levi decides to take up boxing, he knows it must be kept a secret from his mother. At the same time, Levi and lifetime best friend Tam are going through some ...more
I was incredibly apprehensive going into this book for one reason, it is written in prose, with 2-3 words per line as it tells the story of Levi, a seventh grader trying to be normal after a childhood spent fighting for his life with lung and breathing issues. Cared for by his single mother and older brother, both of which have sacrificed their own lives caring for him. Navigating middle school, friendship and jealousy as his absent father has hopes of Levi one day playing sports. So, when Levi ...more
The unique style of writing in verse about Levi's story kept me very interested in reading more. I had not read the first book "House Arrest" about Levi's brother Timothy, but this book is easily a stand alone. The book made you understand the feelings of a child who had endured so many trials in his young life and was just trying to find his way in the world and live. You can't help but cheer Levi on. I hope to read "House Arrest" soon.
I won my copy from Goodreads and am donating it to my schoo ...more
Phenomenally good. I really loved the companion novel to House Arrest. Seeing the world through Levi's eyes after reading Timothy's journal was the perfect way to see how the Davidson's life could continue. I loved some of the shapes the verse was written in and how the rhythms reminded me of the sounds of boxing. Levi is such a great character, and his relationship with those that care about him is so well defined and engaging to experience. I almost wrote read, but changed the last word of tha ...more