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Total Knockout: Tale of an Ex-Class President by Taylor Morris

September 9th, 2008 (09:59 pm)
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As thirteen-year-old Lucia prepares to run for class president, she expects to have a landslide victory and a great year. After all, she's already been class president two years in a row. Sure enough, she wins - but after she bends some rules, she gets impeached! She refuses to go down without a fight. As Lucia tries to regain her title and win back her friends, she also struggles with her stubborn streak. It's very hard for her, but she has to face the truth of the matter: she did bend the rules, and she knew it when she did it.

With her second novel, Taylor Morris comes out swinging. Total Knockout: Tale of an Ex-Class President isn't only about Lucia's presidency. It's also about her hobbies (she boxes regularly with her best friend Cooper) and her family (her father is out of work, which affects their family dynamic and his personality). I liked that Lucia had to deal with the consequences of her actions. Even with all of her smarts, she stumbled along the way, and she had to learn a valuable lesson: sometimes, you have to admit what you did was wrong before you can figure out how to make it right.

Read my interview with Taylor Morris.

Swing over to my sports-related booklist.

Visit the author's official website - http://www.TaylorMorris.com