Underdogs

Underdogs

by Markus Zusak

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Overview

Underdogs by Markus Zusak

Before The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe Brothers: The Underdog, Fighting Rueben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl. Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into fights, coming up with half-baked schemes, and generally disappointing girls, their parents, and their much more motivated older siblings. They're intensely loyal to each other, brothers at their best and at their very worst. But when Cameron falls head over heels for Ruben's girlfriend, the strength of their bond is tested to its breaking point.



We're proud to present these novels together for the first time, and to be introducing American readers to The Underdog, never before published in the United States. Fans of The Book Thief won't want to miss reading the novels that launched Markus Zusak's stellar career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545542593
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 206,677
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marcus Zusak was born in 1975, the youngest of four children born to German and Austrian immigrant parents. Marcus studied teaching at university and gained experience teaching at the high school level.



Marcus began writing when he was sixteen years old, and completed his first (unpublished) manuscript at eighteen. While his writing may seem most relevant to young adults, he hopes that readers of all ages can discover meaning in his work.



Marcus Zusak lives in New South Wales, Australia.

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Underdogs 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His writing is so real, he makes you think, cry and laugh.Beautiful, just beautiful. Nothing else needs to be said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zusak's first 3 novels are short and explore a short period of time in the lives of two brothers in Australia. There is the predictable angst of being teenagers. But glimpsing their world makes the reader appreciate 2 very average boys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this book. Markus Zusak has a way of capturing you from the beginning and taking you on a journey. I love all of his books and wish for more to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The white longhaired shecat padded into the clearing. Her fur shaped to her slender figure(she looks like a white angora, which is a pretty breed of cat). Her bright, aqua blue eyes gazed around till she spotted Silverstar and padded over to him. She dipped her head respectfully and spoke in a soft yet assertive voice "I have come like you have asked. Unfortunatly, my deputy wasnt available. I havent been able to tell her about this meeting. But anyways, you said that what you had to say was important so I am ready to listen."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What clan r u in? Can i join?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you know where bloodclan camp is?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cherry res 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shrugged and followed
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I am really close to disbanning this clan. I have no active members."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Markus Zusak and this was another great read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a junior in high school and not much of a reader at all. I read this book and I absolutely could not stop reading. Zusak has a way of pulling you into the story and making it seem so surreal and you truly can feel what the boys feel. This book will make you feel the struggle and you will truly want to keep reading to find out what happens next. Absolutely amazing book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Accidentally read Getting the Girl first which was amazing and seeing how it ends i really dont want to read the beginning so ill be rating it from the 3rd novel the reason one star is missing is because it could be slow at times but its totally worth it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never cried so much for three books. Especially the third one. The characters were all so real, so true, so simple. Simple, yet powerful. I felt a connection with every character, and I found myself caring about Cameron and Rube as if they were my own brothers. No, the whole Wolfe family, actually. I was becoming part of the Wolfe pack as I read this, every step of the way. I cried when the characters were in trouble. I laughed when the characters mocked the rodent-like dog Mitzy. I felt the same shame and embarressment Cameron experienced in the boxing ring. Yes, I loved Markus Zusak's first three books. He is a genious, plain and simple.
shayrose More than 1 year ago
via goodreads *This is an omnibus edition.* I am going to break this up into sections. The first book of the trilogy, The Underdog, can only be described as an adolescent boy coming of age story. Cameron Wolfe is an introverted boy on a journey of self discovery. Through his dreams and nightmares a battle is told and with his own observations his insights become teaching tools. He starts to wonder and care what others judgments are of him and if they are justified. Through it all he feels painfully alone. All I could think about while reading this was my own son and the sons' of my friends. This is amazingly real and vivid. Cameron Wolfe could be any boy that I know or that I see from a distance. As a parent you know that self discovery is a journey we all must take, but your heart still clenches at how cruel that process can feel and you wish you could shelter them from it. In the second book, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Cameron is still looking for himself. Life deals the Wolfe family some hard times and the dynamic changes. Cameron and his older brother have always been close but there's a strain on their relationship now. That strain intensifies when they take up fighting for money and the possibility of facing each other in the ring is a real threat. This one was much more emotionally intense. I didn't see it as just a story about personal paths but also about respect for the people that are important. I got a better look at the whole Wolfe family and a greater feel for their relationships. Even though the message was deep there were some laugh out loud moments and some tender moments as well. Finally the third book, Getting the Girl, takes us to Cameron's romantic side. He has seen his brother, Ruben's, romantic escapades and knows that he doesn't want to be like that. He wants to find a girl to love and treat right. The problem is that the girl he finds causes a rift between the brothers. There are bigger problems on the horizon for Ruben and if they can't look past their differences things could go very badly. This book was also emotionally charged. There's not much to say without giving the story away. This was a great conclusion and I definitely recommend this one to anyone. There is something for everyone: family values, adventure, romance and the emphasis on self confidence. Young boys will look up to Cameron and young girls will fall head over heels for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
calogero More than 1 year ago
Markus suzak books rule how often u enjoy a book that has childlike writting but translaletted into adult themes... Marksus is a blessed writter and able to capture best of both worlds youth & adult without killing it.. I checked out his books at the L.A library fighting ruben wolfe to precise good book but i never realized it part of a trilogy so i decided to pirchase all 3 books under one great price...
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
Under Dogs is the most sincere and true to life book about teen guys I've read in a long while. Honest, frequently hilarious, and at times heartbreaking Zusak's first books made me remember what it was like to discover "who I am" when I was young(er).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He waits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&#9818 "What are we doing here? We have Clan's to build!" He growled impatiently, hurried to return to CreekClan. &#9818
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Umm... this isnt a clan. There is no leader or deputy.