Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

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caged warrior coverAs a Florida Teen Reads finalist, Alan Lawrence Sitomer tells a gripping tale of blood, violence, and heartbreak.

Our protagonist, McCutcheon Daniels (MD because you’ll need a doctor), has been fighting since he was a child. I mean real fighting, not some back yard tussle with the neighborhood bully; I’m talking bone-cracking, blood-spattering fighting in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). With his “once-a-contender” father as his fight coach and manager, McCutcheon is in the ring every week fighting for his life…and this week’s grocery money. McCutcheon doesn’t fight for the glory or the thrill of the WIN, he fights for a way out of his slum neighborhood of Detroit. He fights for his sister Gemma, he fights for a better life. Smart in the ring and out, McCutcheon is selected to attend the prestigious Radiance Academy where he meets Kaitlyn. Smart, beautiful and sassy, Kaitlyn helps McCutcheon not only see, but also appreciate, the opportunity offered to him at the Radiance Academy.

Check the PPLC Catalog for Caged Warrior.

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