New York Times top ten best illustrated 2011
Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Books of 2011
School Library Journal Best Books of 2011


“Spare, evocative verse melds with the eloquent illustrations to create palpable energy around the fight and Louis’s struggle to the top.” –Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Spectacularly illustrated and smoothly cadanced.” –Booklist (starred)

“Stunning art and dramatic storytelling.” –School Library Journal (starred)

“de la Pena’s tersely poetic narration is riveting, and Nelson’s oil paintings draw viewers directly into the ring.” –BCCB (starred)