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Underdogs

By Markus Zusak


Before The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe Brothers: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl. Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into fights, coming up with half-baked schemes, and generally disappointing girls, their parents, and their much more motivated older siblings. They’re intensely loyal to each other, brothers at their best and at their very worst. But when Cameron falls head over heels for Ruben’s girlfriend, the strength of their bond is tested to its breaking point.

We’re proud to present these novels together for the first time, and to be introducing American readers to The Underdog, never before published in the United States. Fans of The Book Thief won’t want to miss reading the novels that launched Markus Zusak’s stellar career.


Reviews and Awards

"Zusak's popularity is well-deserved. He writes emotionally engaging stories with understated humor and a bittersweet style that refuses to play by straightforward grammatical rules. His earliest published works share many of the same stylistic hallmarks and themes of belonging and survival." - Los Angeles Times

“With this compilation release of The Underdog, the rough-and-tumble adventures of the Wolfe brothers are finally all assembled. Zusak’s stunning use of language and rich character development are present, while the introduction of the family framework provides additional understanding for the sibling dynamic in the later stories.... Appealing to fans and providing an entry point for fresh readers, this is a much-appreciated addition to the Wolfe brothers’ canon.” - Kirkus Reviews


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Fall 2011
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-35442-4
Price: $19.99/$21.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 512
Foreign Rights: Scholastic AUS/Pan Macmillan
Translation Rights: Scholastic AUS/Pan Macmillan
Rights Available? yes


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