The love-struck sequel to Fighting Ruben Wolfe
Markus’s Zusak’s new book completes the story of the two brothers, Cam and Ruben, from the hard-working, long-suffering Wolfe clan.
It’s one year after the events of Fighting Ruben Wolf and the boys, whose stalwart affection and loyalty survived even the pounding of a boxing match, now find their relationship threatened for the very first time. And what threatens it is love.
Nothing’s easy for Cameron. Not even the soul-pumping bliss of first love. He meets a girl, named Octavia, whom he admires, whose company makes him happy, who fills his thoughts. Unfortunately, she’s Ruben’s girlfriend. That’s Ruben, for whom romance comes way too easily – who hardly gives Octavia a second thought.
Cam and Ruben don’t have a touchy-feely relationship, but what they do have is a tremendous, unspoken bond. A bond that has to this point pulled them through every difficult situation they’ve ever faced.
Who would you choose – your brother and best-friend, or your last best chance for a shot at love?
Reviews and Awards
Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction
Shortlisted for the Victoria Premier’s Award
“Zusak's tale of first love turns into a complex and authentic rendering of one boy's earthy desires and pain.” - Publishers Weekly
”The extravagant prose does work well in describing the relationship between Cam and Octavia, demonstrating the often-ignored fact that teenage boys also fall breathlessly and heart-stoppingly in love.” - The Horn Book
“Zusak uses simple but poetically poignant language to convey Cam's inner teenage turmoil, confusion, and heartache. This highly recommended novel is a sad, funny, loving, and ultimately heartwarming coming-of-age story.” - Voice of Youth Advocates
“The interaction of the characters is a real strength of this novel. It is a story of family dynamics and coming of age, interspersed with the protagonist's poignant poems and observations.” – School Library Journal
Young Adult Fiction
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 272
Foreign Rights: Pan MacMillan Australia
Translation Rights: Pan MacMillan Australia
Rights Available? yes