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Punching bag / Rex Ogle.

Ogle, Rex, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 132401623X
  • ISBN: 9781324016236
  • Physical Description: 207 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Norton Young Readers, an Imprint of W.W. Norton & Company, [2021]

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Summary, etc.:
"The companion to Rex Ogle's award-winning Free Lunch is a searing account of adolescence in a household torn by domestic violence. Punching Bag is the compelling true story of a high school career defined by poverty and punctuated by outbreaks of domestic abuse. Rex Ogle, who brilliantly mapped his experience of hunger in Free Lunch, here describes his struggle to survive; reflects on his complex, often paradoxical relationship with his passionate, fierce mother; and charts the trajectory of his stepdad's anger. Hovering over Rex's story is the talismanic presence of his unborn baby sister. Through it all, Rex threads moments of grace and humor that act as beacons of light in the darkness. Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told, Punching Bag is a remarkable memoir about one teenager's cycle of violence, blame, and attempts to forgive his parents-and himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 13-18 Norton Young Readers
Subject: Ogle, Rex.
Ogle, Rex > Childhood and youth.
Family violence.
Abusive parents.
Poor teenagers > United States > Biography.
Low-income high school students > United States > Biography.

Available copies

  • 22 of 26 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Pulaski County. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Pulaski County Library-Waynesville.


  • 0 current holds with 26 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Pulaski County Library-Waynesville YA 362.775 Ogl (Text) 33642010104107 YA Nonfiction Available -

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