Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Ring by Bobbie Pyron

Pyron, Bobbie The Ring pgs. 254 WestSide Books Language PG13, Sexual Content~PG-13; Violence~PG-13

Mardie can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Not long after she is arrested on a charge of being ‘drunken and disorderly,’ she is caught shoplifting. Her grades are plummeting, her boyfriend hooks up with someone else, and her parent’s won’t get off her case! It also doesn’t help that she has a ‘perfect’ older brother who can do no wrong. When she discovers a girl’s boxing club at the local gym she decides to let her anger out through her fists. Soon she discovers that there is more to boxing then just punching the daylights out of someone. As she learns the ropes of boxing, she also begins to learn more about herself.

First time author Bobbie Pryon has hit the nail on the head with this captivating novel about a troubled teen who discovers herself through boxing. Filled with believable characters and thought provoking scenes, this novel will grab readers and leave them wanting more.

There is some language, including several ‘f’s. There are also some sexual references and make-out scenes. While the language and sexual references are realistic for today's world, they may not be appropriate for more conservative High Schools. However, no public library should be without this title.


HS –PUBLIC Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Library

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