By Joshua C. Cohen
(Dutton Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780525423065, 432pp.)
Publication Date: February 17, 2011
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A Top Ten Best Fiction Book for Young Adults as Selected by the American Library Association
The football field is a battlefield
There's an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on-and off-the football field. And it claims its victims without mercy-including the most innocent bystanders.
When a violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences, an unlikely friendship between a talented but emotionally damaged fullback and a promising gymnast might hold the key to a school's salvation.
Told in alternating voices and with unapologetic truth, Leverage illuminates the fierce loyalty, flawed justice, and hard-won optimism of two young athletes.
Joshua Cohen is a former collegiate gymnast who now lives with his wife in New York City.