(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Shadow Boxer is the story of two brothers, sons of a deceased heavyweight boxer. Fourteen-year-old George has always felt responsible for his younger brother, and when Monty begins to express an interest in boxing himself, George feels he must try to dissuade him. Boxing serves as both the book's subject matter and as a metaphor for the hardscrabble existence of two boys growing up in a rough, underprivileged community and learning to face life head-on.

(The entire section is 75 words.)