YA Book Lists: Fighting

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Michael Cadnum / YP FIC CADNUM
Redhanded
Since he cannot depend on his father, Stephen feels as though his only chance to make it to the big boxing tournament is to go along with the dangerous plan of a local tough guy to whom he has been introduced by a thrill-seeking friend.

Mike Carey / YP FIC CAREY
Re-gifters
Korean American Jen Dik Seong, also known as Dixie, is on the verge of winning a championship in the ancient martial art of hapkido until she falls for fellow hapkido fan Adam, a California surfer, and she struggles to win his affections as well.

Suzanne Collins / YP FIC COLLINS
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Bryce Courtenay / YP FIC COURTENAM
The Power of One
Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others.

Jean-Jacques Grief / YP FIC GREIF
The Fighter
Moshe Wisniak, a poor Polish Jew, uses his physical strength and cleverness, plus luck, to help him survive the horrors he is subjected to in the concentration camps of World War II. Based on the life of Moshe Garbarz.

Kathleen Karr / YP FIC KARR
The Boxer
Having learned how to box while in prison, 15-year-old Johnny sets out to discover if he can make a decent living as a fighter in late nineteenth-century New York City.

Robert Lipsyte / YP FIC LIPSYTE
The Brave
Having left the Indian reservation for the streets of New York, 17-year-old boxer Sonny Bear tries to harness his inner rage by training with Alfred Brooks, who has left the sport to become a policeman.

The Contender
A Harlem high school dropout escapes from a gang of punks into a boxing gym, where he learns that being a contender is hard and often discouraging work, but that you don't know anything until you try.

Warrior Angel
Native American boxer of the Moscondaga Nation, Sonny Bear must fight to retain his heavyweight championship title.

Chris Lynch / YP FIC LYNCH
Shadow Boxer
After their father dies of boxing injuries, George is determined to prevent his younger brother, who sees boxing as his legacy, from pursuing a career in the sport.

Danica Novgorodoff / YP FIC NOVOGOROD
Refresh, Refresh
Fathers, sons, and the war that comes between them. There's nothing Josh, Cody, and Gordon want more than their fathers home safely from the war in Iraq — unless it's to get out of their dead-end town.

J. Adams Oaks / YP FIC OAKS
Why I Fight
After his house burns down, 12-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle, and the two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time.

Brandon Lee O'Malley / YP FIC OMALLEY
Scott Pilgrim series
The series is about 24-year-old Canadian Scott Pilgrim, a slacker, hero, wannabe-rockstar, who is living in Toronto and playing bass in the band "Sex Bob-Omb." He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona V. Flowers, but must defeat her seven "evil ex-boyfriends" in order to date her.

Bobbie Pyron / YP FIC PYRON
The Ring
Fifteen-year-old Mardie struggles to deal with the self-destructive path that she finds herself on, until she joins a girls' boxing club and begins to apply the lessons from the sport to her life.

René Saldaña / YP FIC SALDANA
The Whole Sky Full of Stars
Barry competes in a non-sanctioned boxing match in hopes of helping his recently-widowed mother, unaware that his best friend and manager, Alby, has his own desperate need for a share of the purse that may put their friendship on the line.

Bob Sharenow / YP FIC SHARENOW
The Berlin Boxing Club
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

Coert Voorhees / YP FIC VOORHEES
The Brothers Torres
Frankie finally finds the courage to ask his long-term friend, Rebecca, to the Homecoming dance, which ultimately leads to a face-off between a tough senior whose family owns most of their small, New Mexico town, and Frankie's soccer-star older brother and his gang-member friends.

Kate Wild / YP FIC WILD
Fight Game
Freedom Smith is a fighter, just like all of his relatives who have the "Hercules gene," which leads him to a choice between being jailed for attempted murder or working with a covert law enforcement agency to break up a mysterious, illegal fight ring.

Moira Young / YP FIC YOUNG
Blood Red Road
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

Marcus Zusak / YP FIC ZUSAK
Under Dogs: Three Novels
Presents three novels in which two brothers, Ruben and Cameron Wolfe, strive to overcome the limitations of their family's poverty, taking jobs as fighters, and Cameron, the younger brother, tries to find love with his brother's ex-girlfriend.

Nonfiction

United States. Dept. of the Army. / 355.5480973 US
U.S. Army Hand-To-Hand Combat

Chris Crudelli / 796.8 CRUDELLI
The Way Of The Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World

Mark Hatmaker / 796.81 HATMAKER
The Kicking Bible: Strikes For MMA and the Street

Mickey Dimic / 796.815 DIMIC
Mixed Martial Arts Unleashed: Mastering the Most Effective Moves for Victory

Thomas Gerbassi / 796.815 GERBASI
UFC Encyclopedia

Anderson Silva / 796.815 SILVA
Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: The Muay Thai Clinch, Tackdowns, Takedown Defense, and Ground Fighting

George Kirby / 796.8152 KIRBY
Jujitsu: Basic Techniques of the Gentle Art

Tony Kemerly / 796.8153 KEMERLY
Taekwondo Grappling Techniques: Hone Your Competitive Edge for Mixed Martial Arts