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Unformatted text preview: Lipsyte has written two sequels to The Contender . In The Brave (1991), protagonist Sonny Bear is a seventeen-year-old half-Indian runaway who meets Alfred Brooks, now a forty-year-old policeman, in New York. Alfred rescues Sonny from a drug war and teaches him to box. In The Chief (1993), Sonny tries to become a heavyweight champion and must deal with problems similar to those that Lipsyte learned about as a sports journalist. Some of the most successful of Lipsyte's works, other than The Contender (1967), are those in the trilogy featuring Bobby Marks: One Fat Summer (1977), Summer Rules (1981), and The Summerboy (1982). All take place in Rumson Lake, an upstate New York resort town. Bobby deals with problems like those that other young adults might face between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. In the first novel, he is known as the "Crisco Kid" because of his obesity. He must deal with a local bully named novel, he is known as the "Crisco Kid" because of his obesity....
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- Fall '09
- The Contender