ASK ANYBODY AROUND East Scranton High School: Michael Kerrigan is almost too good to be true. Dedicated athlete, captain of the track team, editorial assistant (obituary writer) at the Scranton Observer, he's never been in trouble, and he doesn't associate with troublemakers. This is the most important track season of his life - and he's ready.
That is, until the police find four joints in his locker. Soon Mike's seemingly perfect world is threatened, and with pressure coming from his parents, his childhood best friend, and his sort-of girlfriend, Mike is faced with a choice - a choice that will determine the kind of athlete, friend, and man he becomes.
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|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
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|Age Range:||12 Years|
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ONE GOOD PUNCH is a sure-fire winner for any teen. Just short of 120 pages, it is a fast-paced, page-turner with suspense and humor. I predict it will end up on most Best Teen Books and Quick Reads lists soon.
Michael is a senior. An ambitious cross-country and track runner, he is hoping to use his talent as a stepping stone to a decent college. His part-time job at the Scranton Observer writing obituaries is giving him valuable experience as he dreams of someday writing novels.
Trusted by his parents, Michael leads the life of a typical 18-year-old. When not working or running, he spends most of his time with his best friend, Shelly. Mostly they hang out and talk or take in a movie at the Cultural Center downtown. Lately things have moved a bit more in the romantic direction, which Michael feels is a bit weird, but at the same time, it feels sort of right.
Life changes overnight for Michael when four joints are discovered in his locker during a routine drug sweep of the high school. Put there by his friend, Joey, they represent the possible end to Michael's future dreams. He did ask Joey to get him a couple of joints, but he never dreamed the kid would be stupid enough to put them in his locker.
Michael gets advice from just about everyone he knows that he should rat out Joey as his supplier. Even school officials suggest things would go easier for him if he tells. Torn between giving up his future plans and staying loyal to a longtime friend, Michael's world is turned upside-down.
Michael is a well-rounded high school student, striving, like everyone else, to finish high school, and get out of his home town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He writes obituaries for the local newspaper, spending his weekend nights answering phone calls from funeral homes with details of the deceased. Michael also is the captain of the track team and has been training all winter to win the state championship. One Friday afternoon Michael¿s semi-girlfriend, Shelly, asks Michael to get some marijuana for the weekend. Michael asks his old friend, and well known drug dealer, Joey, but instead of giving it to Michael, Joey puts the marijuana in Michael¿s locker. That weekend the school is locked up and the police check the school for drugs.Michael is faced with the decision to either turn in his old friend and finish high school, or face the consequences that are to come. Rich Wallace provides an admirable character and pairs him with a difficult, yet frequently occurring, situation. The novel is broken up into different sections, each resembling the sections of a newspaper. The chapters are titled as if they are articles from a newspaper, each addressing the issues in the chapter such as ¿Study connects Denial to Suppressed Guilt.¿