Unflinching YA Novel Exposes Dangerous, Complex Reality of the “Knockout Game”

MINNEAPOLIS--()--When Erica moves with her mother to “start over” in St. Louis, she finds herself quickly caught up in a violent and popular local pastime—the knockout game. Available now from Carolrhoda Lab™, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Knockout Games is set in modern day St. Louis amidst a disturbing wave of seemingly random attacks on bystanders by a group of urban teenagers in a crew called the TKO club.

Erica is one of the few girls who is down with TKO, in part due to her natural skill with a video camera and her ability to make art out of the attacks. Though unsettled by the violent knockouts from the beginning, Erica is drawn to the camaraderie of the crew, the unpredictability of the game, and the magnetism of Kalvin, the Knockout King himself.

Knockout Games is a brutal, thought-provoking young adult novel of casual violence and its consequences. G. Neri, author of Surf Mules, is gifted with command of the teen voice, but his skill is in the painstaking cultivation of each intricately researched “true story or event.” The contemporary setting and themes will enthrall readers. With its powerful, timely subject matter, Knockout Games delivers a narrative punch that will linger in readers’ minds long after the final page.

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About the Author
G. Neri is an author and digital media producer. His books have earned him accolades and awards, including a Coretta Scott King Honor for Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty.

About the Publisher
Carolrhoda Lab™ is dedicated to distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens. Carolrhoda Lab probes and examines the young-adult condition one novel at a time, affording YA authors and readers an opportunity to explore and experiment with thoughts, ideas, and paradigms in the human condition.

Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, creates high-quality fiction and nonfiction titles for children and young adults.

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PUBLICATION DATE:
August 2014

$17.95 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook also available
Ages 13–18
HC: 978-1-4677-3269-7
304 Pages ● 5 1/4 x 7 1/2

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Contacts

Lerner Publishing Group
Lindsay Matvick, 800-328-4929, x385
Publicity and Trade Marketing Manager
lmatvick@lernerbooks.com

Release Summary

G. Neri's Unflinching YA Novel Exposes Dangerous, Complex Reality of the “Knockout Game”

Contacts

Lerner Publishing Group
Lindsay Matvick, 800-328-4929, x385
Publicity and Trade Marketing Manager
lmatvick@lernerbooks.com