The Contenders

The Contenders

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Can enemies become friends?

That’s the question at the heart of THE CONTENDERS, a novel featuring two fifth graders who couldn’t be more different or hate each other more.

Eunice Yang wants two things in life: to win The Contest and to beat Thad Warfield.

Only fifth graders can compete in Soap Lake’s annual Brawn and Brains Contest. Winning first place means Eunice will finally get the bike she’s always wanted. But what she wants even more than her dream bike is to beat Thad Warfield, her archenemy since first grade.

But this year, The Contest’s hundredth anniversary, the rules change. Now, students have to compete in teams of two. Eunice’s worst nightmare comes true. She’s partnered with—Thad.

Together, Eunice and Thad careen through a year filled with cutthroat competitions, vicious squabbles, and visits to the principal's office. It’s a close race to the very end, when Eunice discovers that being a contender takes more than just brawn and brains—it takes heart—and there are some things more important than winning.

Perfect for kids aged 8 to 108, and especially loved by 3rd to 6th graders.

Written by Peg Cheng and illustrated by Erin Kubo. 148 pages. Color cover with 20 B&W illustrations. 8”H x 5.25”W. Printed in the U.S.A.

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ritu Mar 11, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book! As an adult who loves children's books, this book is also one I would love to give as a gift in the future. The story was very sweet and the heroine Eunice is spunky, sometimes prone to losing her temper (and which little girl doesn't when the world is UNFAIR! Eunice is bullied by Thad, her archnemesis since first grade) and surrounded by lots of people who love her. Eunice is fatefully paired up with Thad as a teammate to compete in Soap Lake's Brawn and Brain's Contest, which she has dreamed of winning for years! Will they be able to make it through this year of cutthroat competition? Will Eunice win the enticing red bike she has ALWAYS wanted? The Contenders is a really touching, fun, heart-warming tale of the bully and the bullied and what success & winning really mean. It left me misty-eyed!

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5 out of 5 stars

I read this when first published but did not have the illustrated version! It shipped so quickly and came with delightful stickers! The illustrations are fantastic and the story itself is wonderful. So good that I ordered a few for my kid's school library!

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Erica Johnson Feb 10, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

My son LOVED this book! The stickers were a really fun touch :)

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5 out of 5 stars

Cheng’s portrayal of girls, people of color, single-parent and lower-income families, recluse introverts, and the kids who act out in class are positive and fair-minded–encouraging young readers to really get to know others and to look beyond the perceptible, seemingly insurmountable, differences between themselves and those around them. Eunice is a positive role model and engaging hero—her growth throughout the novel, open acknowledgement of her flaws, and persistence in bettering herself provides the kind of example that any adult would be proud to introduce to the youth in their lives. It’s exciting that recipes for delicious foods being consumed by the characters are included—great for reading breaks. Cheng is a talented storyteller who provides a story to grow the next generation to be open-minded and cultivate strong women

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