Knockout

Knockout

Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory issues. He's fine now, but his mom and overprotective brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he's always been. He feels stuck. So when his dad?divorced from his mom?suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love Levi just wants to be treated like a typical kid. As a baby, he had a serious disease that caused him respiratory iss...

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Title:Knockout
Author:K.A. Holt
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:1452163588
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:339 pages pages

Knockout Reviews

  • Laura Gardner
    Jan 25, 2018
    @kidlitexchange #partner 5/5 for KNOCKOUT by #KAHolt. Thank you to @chroniclebooks for the ARC to share with #kidlitexchange. All opinions are my own. Out March 2018! _*_*_*_*_* Swipe for the summary from the back! _*_*_*_*_* KNOCKOUT is an awesome read about a kid who wants to be...
  • Meaghan
    Jun 22, 2018
    (I got this book for free from LibraryThing?s Early Reviewers.) I haven?t read ?House Arrest?, the companion book to this one, but this book was able to stand on its own. (Though reading it did make me want to read the other.) The verse format made the story trip right along...
  • Cindy Hudson
    Apr 13, 2018
    Levi wants to be just like anybody else, but sometimes he can?t breathe well, and lately it?s been getting worse. His mom and older brother hover over him, wanting to keep him safe. His dad tells him to toughen up, go out for a sport. He chooses boxing, liking the way he gets to fe...
  • Barbara
    Apr 30, 2018
    This novel in verse uses clever manipulation of letters and fonts and a distinct voice to tell the story of Levi, a boy whose overprotective family seeks to shelter him from life. Aware of the sacrifices they've made for him due to his medical condition, Levi is grateful but still want...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 15, 2018
    E ARC from Netgalley.com Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time. ...
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    Jun 07, 2018
    The perfect sport for a frail-since-birth middle schooler? Boxing, of course! Companion to House Arrest. ...
  • Bonnie Grover
    Jun 29, 2018
    Thank you to @Kidlitxchange for the opportunity to read this book. All opinions are my own. Knockout is a companion to the book House Arrest, but it can be read as a stand-alone. ?This is a story of a young man trying to find his own path through the tangle of paths others have creat...
  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    Feb 21, 2018
    A gripping, humor filled story about one boy's fight for life, and what it means to live. Written in prose, this story's narrative is upfront and direct. Levi's life isn't an easy one, and this story doesn't sugar coat what Levi deals with both personally with his health, or his far fr...
  • Angie
    May 23, 2018
    Levi is the sick baby from House Arrest. He is all grown up now and not nearly as sick. His mom and brother still treat him like he is though. He wants to be like the other kids and be able to do whatever he wants. When he starts middle school he thinks maybe things will be different. ...
  • Smcneice
    Jul 09, 2018
    I never really understood the appeal of boxing, but this amazing book gave me a new understanding of the sport and kids who choose it. Books are windows. Thank you K.A. Holt! ...
  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    May 04, 2018
    Surprise! I make them laugh. I make them point. That way the tightrope is mine to control. The excellence of middle grade literature continues! So far this year, I've had the pleasure of reading a number of terrific, moving, unique children's fiction titles, and that train o...
  • Joy Kirr
    Mar 24, 2018
    Loved HOUSE ARREST better, but this is a solid second in a series. Can?t believe how old Timothy is, and I?m glad the dad didn?t change - makes it more realistic. Loved the journal, too, in this easy-to-read novel in verse. ...
  • Sabrina Fox
    Feb 12, 2018
    I don't even recall asking for this book for review, or if it was just sent to me, but I'm so glad it showed up on my doorstep! It's written in prose, and occasionally scattered throughout are pictures made up of words. Levi and his brother write back and forth to one another in a n...
  • Amy
    Mar 15, 2018
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars. I liked this book, I really did, but I'm just not a huge verse novel/sports fiction fan. So I didn't love it, but that is just my personal preference, NOT indicative of the actual book/writing. This story is a "part 2" continuation of K.A. Holt's earlier ve...
  • Michelle Simpson
    Feb 20, 2018
    This companion novel to House Arrest did not disappoint! This time readers hear from Levi as he fights to achieve what he considers a normal life. He examines his relationships with his mother, father, and brother, Timothy as he strives to move past his illness. I received an early...
  • Kathie
    Feb 22, 2018
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own. KNOCKOUT is the companion book to HOUSE ARREST, and I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. This is the story of Levi, Timothy's younger brother, who had serious health issues in the original story....
  • Ashley
    Jul 19, 2018
    I picked this up on a whim from my new book display, and I'm really glad that I did! I really enjoyed Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt, so I'm not surprised to enjoy her style of storytelling in Knockout. Unlike most free verse that I've read, I really like the beats that Holt creates with h...
  • Kate Olson
    Feb 17, 2018
    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this title - all opinions are my own. Well, the only possible negative thing I can say about this one is that I wish it were longer! I just read House Arrest a few weeks ago in anticipation of this title, and I will say that although ...
  • Rachel
    Apr 17, 2018
    I'm invested in these characters, so it was fun to visit them about a decade later and find out how the author wrote their future. Levi's voice wasn't as compelling to me as Timothy's in "House Arrest" and didn't have the same depth of language or situation. I liked when Levi's family ...
  • Katie Reilley
    May 12, 2018
    This novel in verse is a companion book to Holt?s House Arrest. It moves the story forward eleven years, and is told from Levi?s point of view. It examines his relationships with family & friends as he tries to break free his safety cocoon Mom & Timothy have surrounded him ...
  • Heidi
    Mar 03, 2018
    Knockout is the first novel in verse I?ve ever read, and I?m glad I started with middle grade. Levi?s story is simple and touching. Left with chronic respiratory issues after an earlier illness, we meet a Levi feeling very stuck and frustrated. He?s kept from normalcy by overpr...
  • Ai Miller
    Apr 23, 2018
    I must start this by acknowledging that I received this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and I am grateful to the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. I didn't have huge hopes for this, but boy could I not put it down. Seriously--I read it all in a si...
  • Julia
    Dec 26, 2017
    4.5 really! I could not put it down! A unique read. I loved the shape/word poetry and the journal entries. A satisfying read. I loved House Arrest! Leaves me wanting one more book...... ...
  • Sreya Van
    Dec 09, 2017
    ~I received a free copy of this from Chronicle Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~ Knockout was definitely different than I was expecting! Written in prose, it was straight to the point and quite blunt, as prose books tend to be, but still allowed you to really...
  • Lesley
    Dec 17, 2017
    One of my top ten favorite MG novels is House Arrest which is also one of my top 5 suggestions for MG reluctant readers (another being Holt's Rhyme Schemer). When I received an ARC of Knock Out, I moved it to the head of my TR pile, but I am not sure that I was ready for a book that di...
  • Jill
    Mar 07, 2018
    I was incredibly apprehensive going into this book for one reason, it is written in prose, with 2-3 words per line as it tells the story of Levi, a seventh grader trying to be normal after a childhood spent fighting for his life with lung and breathing issues. Cared for by his single m...
  • Pam
    Apr 11, 2018
    Knowing that I am about to visit the 7th graders for the last time of the year, I am looking for great books that will appeal to reluctant readers. I will indeed booktalk this title in verse, even though I have not read House Arrest. Levi is small and fragile, or used to be, and his ...
  • Jason W.
    Apr 09, 2018
    Nice. Sequel to house arrest, sort of. ...
  • Becky
    Mar 05, 2018
    I picked this book out because I thought it would challenge me -- I'm no enormous fan of boxing or poetry. However, I ate this book up (don't let my Goodreads timeline fool you. I actually read it in two days). I loved the complexity of the complexity of the relationships: mother-son, ...
  • TurtleMuffinGR
    Jul 27, 2018
    Knockout is an interesting book. It's written entirely in free verse poetry, and that is the books biggest strength. Our Hero is Levi, a 7th grader who wants to do boxing but can't because of health issues. The plot is very simple. But it isn't about that. It's about Levi and his fa...