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A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de La Peña

By Matt de La Peña

On the eve of worldwide warfare II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had extra at stake than simply the realm heavyweight identify; for a lot of the US their struggle got here to symbolize America's struggle with Germany. This based and strong photograph booklet biography facilities round the ancient struggle during which Black and White the US have been capable of set aside prejudice and are available jointly to have fun our nation's ideals.

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I wish I could escape. Not just for the night. Forever. I want to leave. But there is nowhere to go. Aboveground? Never. It is poisoned, decimated. I have no choice. No one does. But no one else seems to care. No one else fights these emotions. Not that I can tell, anyway. Maybe they are hiding their feelings like I am hiding mine. Maybe there are more people like me. I think of Berk’s eyes, his whispered words. He feels things, I know it. He helped me return to the pod when he should have turned me in to the Monitors.

I play until my arms refuse to hold the violin. Against my will, I lay it back down and return to my sleeping platform. The food is cold, but I have never had a meal that tasted better. The reality of my situation hits me. I was unconscious for a week. I was going to be annihilated. Berk rescued me by turning me into a science project. I finish my meal and stand, my legs feeling stronger. I am lonely. I miss Rhen. I never thought about how much we talked until now, when I have no one to talk to.

John’s comforting hand is gone. Was it even there to begin with? Perhaps John was a hallucination, a result of whatever pharmaceuticals were pumped into my body through the syringe. The door opens. Footsteps stop just a few feet from my sleeping platform. I keep my eyes closed. I am sure I will learn more if they believe I am still asleep. ” My heart begins to race. Berk. ” Berk seems to stutter at the word anomaly. Or maybe that is just my imagination as well. It is hard to know what is real and what is not anymore.

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