I couldn’t believe it when I saw this review in the LA Times Sunday Edition. I’ll take being compared to Robert Cormier any day of the week! This is why I write. It makes it all worth it!
Like “The Chocolate War,” Robert Cormier’s classic about standing up to bullies, “Leverage”(Dutton Children’s Books: $16.99, ages 14 and up) draws a connection between the attraction of team sports and the thrill of aggression. Author Joshua Cohen is Cormier in a more contemporary (uglier) world — “Leverage” makes the ferocious “Chocolate War” seem almost genteel.
A former gymnast and a football fan, Cohen delivers some breathtaking writing about the experience of putting one’s body on the line in extreme sports — as well as the disposability of athletes in the professional sports machine.
Sonja Bolle, LA Times