The Ring

“Well written…Mardie’s character will hook Readers.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Especially appealing to reluctant readers.” Booklist

Finalist for the Utah Book Award


Plagued by slipping grades and a budding criminal career, Fifteen-year-old Mardie’s heading down a path of self destruction. But when Mardie discovers a girls boxing club, she’s drawn in by the fighter’s confidence and strength. Having already lost her parent’s trust and her boy friend and best friend, the boxing ring is the only place Mardie can truly be herself.


When my stepdaughter was fourteen, she went through a very difficult period in her life. Like Mardie, her grades grades were slipping and she was getting into all kinds of trouble. One day, she spotted an article in our local newspaper a gym offering boxing classes for teenage girls, particularly those considered “at risk.” She showed me the article and said, “I want to do that!” So her dad and I signed her up. We took turns taking her to class three nights a week. On my nights, while I pretended to read, I eavesdropped on the girls. I was struck by how honest and supportive they were of each other, and how they felt the boxing ring was the one place they could just be themselves. Although my stepdaughter only boxed a few months, it gave her the confidence and focus to pursue her passion: competitive snowboarding!

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