Total Knockout: Tale of an Ex-Class President

 
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Total Knockout: Tale of an Ex-Class President
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10+
Release Date
September 09, 2008
ISBN
1416935991
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There's nothing ordinary about Lucia Latham - she gets straight A's, she's been middle school Class President for two years running and she's a great boxer - nothing is more fun than a good old sparring match with best friend Cooper, especially since she usually wins. In short, there are few things Lucia tackles that don't turn out exactly how she wants them. So at the beginning of her 8th grade year, Lucia has no reason to believe that things won't continue being easy - until she sticks her foot in her mouth in a HUGE way. Then it seems her carefully constructed world is crashing down around her. Can she regain her super star status or will she be forced to lower her expectations?

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Lucia Latham is nothing if not driven. Shes going to be elected as president of her junior high school for the third time, a feat never accomplished before. To top that off, Lucia is also a boxer who wakes up extra early every day to practice with her best friend Cooper. Lucie is determined to leave her mark on her junior high school even greater than being a three-time president. But will Lucia know when she is taking it too far? And will she be able to pick herself up if she falls? Total Knockout is Lucias story of family, friendship, and personal image problems.

Totally Knockout is the slightly humorous but very meaningful story of a young girl learning from her mistakes and fixing them. Lucias character is very easy to understand, because Im sure weve all been greedy at one time or another. I found it a little amusing when Lucia didnt completely think her plans through, but that turned out to be her downfall. Nevertheless, I still like Lucias character and was cheering for her to clean up her mess. Some of the other characters, on the other hand, were more difficult for me to understand; they werent as well developed because the story was told from Lucias point-of-view. The most interesting addition to the plot was Lucias boxing, and although I didnt understand many (or any) of the references to boxers, I did like how Lucia applied boxing principles to her life. I also liked how boxing connected Lucia and her father.

Like Taylor Morris other novel, Class Favorite, Total Knockout is most suitable for the middle grade audience. Older readers may enjoy this book too.

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