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Gravity



by
Sarah Deming

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Make Me a World
ISBN
9780525581048

Awards and Honors
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
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Crime: General, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence
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When Gravity Delgado walks into Cops ’n Kids, a no-frills Brooklyn boxing gym, and starts working with the legendary Coach Thomas, she joins a true melting pot of fighters. There’s the flirtatious Lefty (a southpaw), hard-to-beat D-Minus (“They call me D-Minus ’cause I’m all you need”), artistic Kimani “Monster” Browne, and a host of others. At the gym, Gravity finds the unexpected: the father she’s never had in her coach, not one but two romantic prospects, and, most importantly, a love and skill for boxing. If she can stay focused, despite her troubled home life, she might just have a shot at the Olympics.

With each blow, each jab, and each punch, Sarah Deming draws her readers into the gritty and inspiring world of Gravity Delgado, a Jewish Dominican teenager growing up in Brooklyn and aspiring for greatness.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

6: points 16

Lexile

850L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2020

Book Genres

Sports Fiction

Topics

Boxing. Determination. Family problems. Olympic athletes. Conduct of life. Dating. Racially mixed people. Brooklyn, New York. Sports and recreation.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly*

School Library Journal

Gravity Delgado, a scrappy half-Dominican, half-Jewish girl, dreams of becoming a champion. She’s been training with her gruff but lovable coach at Brooklyn’s Cops ‘n Kids with other boxers, many of whom are preparing to compete in the U.S. trials for the Rio Olympics. Gravity’s proud of her undefeated record and hopes to make a booming entrance onto the Olympic scene, but her focus is constantly at risk of being pulled in different directions—she cares for her eight-year-old brother, clashes with her alcoholic, abusive mother, falls hard for her slick-talking teammate (but has unacknowledged feelings for another), battles sleep through classes at her alternative high school, tiptoes through friend drama with another teammate, and has a bitter fight with Coach, who is her primary father figure. Deming, a New York Golden Gloves champion and boxing journalist, captures the training and fight scenes with perfection. Sexism, feminism, and LGBTQ+ topics are peppered throughout (how could they not be in a book about female boxing?) and Deming’s light touch of all the issues in Gravity’s orbit allows readers to simultaneously focus on her boxing and understand how hard she is working to overcome the obstacles in her path. Supported by realistic dialogue and a fully developed cast of secondary characters, Gravity is an honest, one-in-a-million main character with a heart of gold who readers will be rooting for from page one. Deming pulls no punches in this flawless debut. A recommended first purchase.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gravity Delgado, a scrappy half-Dominican, half-Jewish girl, dreams of becoming a champion. She’s been training with her gruff but lovable coach at Brooklyn’s Cops ‘n Kids with other boxers, many of whom are preparing to compete in the U.S. trials for the Rio Olympics. Gravity’s proud of her undefeated record and hopes to make a booming entrance onto the Olympic scene, but her focus is constantly at risk of being pulled in different directions—she cares for her eight-year-old brother, clashes with her alcoholic, abusive mother, falls hard for her slick-talking teammate (but has unacknowledged feelings for another), battles sleep through classes at her alternative high school, tiptoes through friend drama with another teammate, and has a bitter fight with Coach, who is her primary father figure. Deming, a New York Golden Gloves champion and boxing journalist, captures the training and fight scenes with perfection. Sexism, feminism, and LGBTQ+ topics are peppered throughout (how could they not be in a book about female boxing?) and Deming’s light touch of all the issues in Gravity’s orbit allows readers to simultaneously focus on her boxing and understand how hard she is working to overcome the obstacles in her path. Supported by realistic dialogue and a fully developed cast of secondary characters, Gravity is an honest, one-in-a-million main character with a heart of gold who readers will be rooting for from page one. Deming pulls no punches in this flawless debut. A recommended first purchase.

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