She’s the lone girl on the Ashton High wrestling team, grappling with opponents who refuse to compete against her, a few who want to crush her, and a coach who's less-than-pleased having a female in his practice room. At home, Mel’s parents forbid her from seeing her new boyfriend, her grandmother insists she start preparing for her future by taking a dreary office internship, and her infuriating older brother, who’s the varsity team captain, flirts with her best friend, Jade.
Just when it seems things can't get any more complicated, an off-handed comment puts Mel at odds with her teammates, her brother, and, worst of all, her coach. But through a twist of tragedy and fate, Mel is given an unexpected opportunity to accomplish something no girl in her school's history has ever done—something that just may redeem her in the eyes of her detractors. Is she strong enough to handle the pressure?
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Alfred's previous wrestling novel, Pinned, received numerous honors and awards, including YALSA’s 'Best Books For Young Adults' nomination, Jr. Library Guild Selection, Capitol Choices 'Bookworthy Books For Children [14 and up]' nomination, Quills Award nomination, and a Kirkus Reviews 'Book of Special Note' selection.
Alfred was born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, and graduated from Millburn High School, where he was captain of school’s wrestling team. He is the current coach of Millburn's youth wrestling team. Alfred is a graduate of Duke University (and former Blue Devil wrestler) and The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He lives in Jersey City.
Alfred can be reached at 201-558-9000 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website is www.AlfredMartino.com.