Why I Fight

Why I Fight

For Ages: 12 and up
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Left alone for days on end, twelve-and-a-half-year-old Wyatt Reaves burns down the family house. His parents lose everything, but Wyatt’s favorite uncle, Spade, whisks him away to “safety.” Spade sees potential in the boy—to earn money—in the bare-fist fight racket. As the two travel across America for the next six years, living off Wyatt’s earnings and the goodness of ladyfriends, Wyatt begins to search for who he really is . . . and to realize who he isn’t.
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442402546 | 
  • July 2010 | 
  • Grades 7 and up | 
  • Lexile 770
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J. Adams Oaks
Q. how did you come to write Why I Fight?

A. I never planned on writing a novel. WHY I FIGHT was what I thought was only a short story until it started demanding more from me. And I listened.

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