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Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are survivors. Living day to day with their family in a working-class home in Australia, the two brothers look for purpose in the mundane. After pursuing a series of bad ideas inspired by hours of watching the horror of bad television -- including selling a broken hair dryer to their neighbor and going to the race track -- the boys are tempted by a fairly intriguing offer. A local fight promoter sees potential in the duo, even though they have no pugilistic experience other than boxing in the backyard. That matters very little to Perry Cole -- he wants to offer them as fresh meat to the very eager crowd of locals hungry for a good, and often bloody, fight.
After agreeing to sign up with the sleazy Cole with the stated reason of using the money to help their parents with the bills, Cameron and Ruben begin training. Cameron is less enthusiastic and does not have the drive that his brother seems to possess. Ruben is intent on winning, on making a name for himself. His first fight evokes in him a sense of purpose and power.
This outstanding story not only introduces the reader to the daily lives of two brothers but also to the inner struggle of the working class and the inherent nature of man. Cameron consistently feels like the lesser man in regard to his brother, both in the ring and with women. The brothers' nightly talks offer an even closer glimpse into the psyche of the two boys. Going from roughhousing brothers to marketable fighters, Cameron and Ruben stick with each other through it all. Cameron's insightful and touching remarks on their relationship and the dynamic of the family holds the reader's interest just as much as the boxing drama. When the two end up in the ring fighting each other, due to Cole's machinations, it is an epic fight of brotherhood against the world.
Author Markus Zusak has written the ultimate story of struggle, hope, and family. Brotherhood and boxing lay the groundwork for serious life decisions and a sudden reality check. Fighting Ruben Wolfe is an inspiration, and young readers are sure to connect with the familial and personal dilemmas of two brothers just looking for a way out.