A Fist for Joe Louis and Me by Trin­ka Hikes Noble

A Fist for Joe Louis and Me by Trin­ka Hikes Noble

Gordy and his family live in Detroit, Michigan, the heart of the United States automobile industry. Every night after coming home from work at one of the plants, Gordy’s father teaches him how to box. Their hero is the famous American boxer Joe Louis, who grew up in Detroit. But the Great Depression has come down hard on the economy. Detroit’s auto industry is affected and thousands of people lose their jobs, including Gordy’s father. When his mother takes on work with a Jewish tailor, Gordy becomes friends with Ira, the tailor’s son, bonding over their shared interest in boxing and Joe Louis. As the boys’ friendship grows, Gordy feels protective of Ira, wanting to help the new boy fit in. At the same time, America is gearing up for the rematch between Joe Louis and the German boxer, Max Schmeling. For many Americans this fight is about good versus evil (US against Nazi Germany). Against the backdrop of the 1938 Fight of the Century, a young boy learns what it means to make a stand for a friend.

Year first published: 2019

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  1. Thank you, Jewish Book World, for featuring my newest book, A Fist for Joe Louis and Me, on your website! I’m so honored! I loved writing this story! Having the friendship and alliance between Gordy, an African-American boy, and Ira, a Jewish boy recently immigrating to Detroit in 1938, came from my heart. This friendship and alliance is needed today too, and I hope young readers take it to heart and put it into practice. The whole world needs this! Thank you again for featuring this story!

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