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The Boxer – Discussion Questions

The Boxer is a gripping YA novel tackling topics of friendship, racism, radicalisation, male mental health and self-identity, from the acclaimed author of Run, Riot and the editor of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla. This is a perfect read for all young people, especially reluctant male readers.

Download these discussion questions for use in your classroom or book groups to open up conversations about racism, grief and finding where you belong. You can also download an A3 poster to print and display in your library or classroom.

Download The Boxer A3 Poster here
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About The Boxer

After a racist attack on his way from school, seventeen year old Sunny is feeling lost and isolated. He takes up boxing as a way to regain his confidence and at the club Sunny finds the community he’s been desperately seeking, and a mentor in trainer Shobu, who helps him find his place in the world.

Told over the course of ten rounds of a boxing match, this powerful story weaves between the aftermath of the attack, the emotional and physical recovery, and the tense final fight with his ex-best friend Keir.

For readers 12+. Find out more here.