Text: The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Summary (from Goodreads): Fourteen-year-old Karl Stern has never thought of himself as a Jew. But to the bullies at his school in Nazi-era Berlin, it doesn't matter that Karl has never set foot in a synagogue or that his family doesn't practice religion. Demoralized by relentless attacks on a heritage he doesn't accept as his own, Karl longs to prove his worth to everyone around him.
But when Nazi violence against Jews escalates, Karl must take on a new role: protector of his family. Karl longs to ask his new mentor for help, but with Max's fame growing, he is forced to associate with Hitler and other Nazi elites, leaving Karl to wonder where his hero's sympathies truly lie. Can Karl balance his dream of boxing greatness with his obligation to keep his family out of harm's way
- “How I Became Jewish” and “The Return of Piss Boy” - how the setting impacts the main character and his life at school
- “Pandora’s Box” or “Sour Sixteen” - how the setting impacts the relationship between Karl and Greta
- “The 1937 Youth Boxing Championship” - how the setting impacts the plot