Skip to content
Account Login Winnipeg Toll-Free: 1-800-561-1833 SK Toll-Free: 1-877-506-7456 Contact & Locations

parsed(2023-03-07) - pubdate: 2023-03-07
turn:
pub date: 1678168800
today: 1716440400, pubdate > today = false

nyp: 0;

Punching Bag

March 7, 2023 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9781324052210
$13.50
Reader Reward Price: $12.15 info
Out of stock. Available to order from publisher. We will confirm shipping time when order has been placed.
Checking Availibility...

Description

A New York Public Library Best Book of 2021

The companion to Rex Ogle's award-winning Free Lunch is a searing account of adolescence in a household torn by domestic violence.


Punching Bag is the compelling true story of a high school career defined by poverty and punctuated by outbreaks of domestic abuse. Rex Ogle, who brilliantly mapped his experience of hunger in Free Lunch, here describes his struggle to survive; reflects on his complex, often paradoxical relationship with his passionate, fierce mother; and charts the trajectory of his stepdad's anger. Hovering over Rex's story is the talismanic presence of his unborn baby sister.

Through it all, Rex threads moments of grace and humor that act as beacons of light in the darkness. Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told, Punching Bag is a remarkable memoir about one teenager's cycle of violence, blame, and attempts to forgive his parents--and himself.

About this Author

Rex Ogle is the author of Free Lunch, which won the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; Abuela, Don't Forget Me, a finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award; and Punching Bag, a NYPL Best Book of the Year. Rex lives in Los Angeles.

ISBN: 9781324052210
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 224
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: 2023-03-07

Reviews

Readers will see themselves in Rex and appreciate the hope he offers: life can get better.... This should be widely available to anyone who needs it.--Booklist (starred review)

Though the subject matter is harrowing...Ogle's message throughout is focused on survival and hope. Highly recommended for all middle and high school collections.--School Library Journal (starred review)

[A] vivid, emphatic memoir.... A beacon of hope to readers trying to survive their own childhoods.--Publishers Weekly

If the product is in stock at the store nearest you, we suggest you call ahead to have it set aside for you, or you may place an order online and choose in-store pickup.