My Corner of the Ring Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" I received this book as an ARC. I wasn’t quite sure how I would feel about it but I really enjoyed it! It wi make a great addition to my classroom library. Such an inspiration for kids everywhere! " said.

" (Reverse readathon book)I wanted to like it more but in part because it was written by another about Silva who still has so much more life to live, it's certainly a topic that will be inspirational and interesting to pre-teens and teens especially as it relates to their dreams of playing a sport. Silva wasn't that good then she became good and became a champ and talks about what work and things must be overcome to get there. Nothing explosive or well-written enough to be memorable. " said.

"My Review: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The following is my honest opinion. I honestly went into this book not knowing anything about boxing but I was intrigued by Jesselyn's story. She certainly does have an inspiring story, starting from a young age and surrounded by a supportive family. I appreciated having a glossary of all the boxing terms, I learned a lot about not only the sport but also the history of women in boxing. I liked seeing that there are so many role models for young girls wanting to get into boxing. This is a book written by a ghost writer, my first experience reading a ghost written book and I did feel at times that it was not quite Jesselyn's own words, at several times throughout the book I felt like these are not the thoughts or words of a 7, 8 or 9 year old girl. She may have more maturity than other kids her age but it felt overly mature for the age at the time in the book. With that said, it is something I noticed as an adult reader, a younger audience may not pick up on that as much and will enjoy her journey. " said.

"Jesselyn Silva, a Latinx girl from New Jersey, is only 12 years old, but she has DREAMS, all of which relate to her dream of being a strong female boxer. Jesselyn tells her story with passion and heart, but most of all determination. She knows exactly what she wants out of life and she's not afraid to put in the hours and hard work to get there. Jesselyn started boxing at the age of 7 with the support of her father who raises she and her brother. Her mother is supportive, but only recently moved back to the area. Jesselyn's father and his sacrifices are a highlight of this book; Jesselyn clearly understands what her father has given up for her and doesn't take any of it for granted. Jesszilla, as she is called in the ring, has a deep love for boxing, which helps her stand up to those who don't think she belongs there because of her gender. She is committed to breaking boundaries and proving that girls CAN and should box -- and they should be supported. The book follows her training, her early competitions, the ups and downs of learning the sport, and how she learns from her losses. At the start of the book as a 7 year old, she claims her dream of going to the Junior Olympics, which she achieves by the end of the book. She immediately sets a new goal: going to the 2024 Olympics!

I found this book inspirational and fun to read; Jesselyn has heart and drive that is uncommon for someone her age. The biography comes across as written by a young person, which I think students will like. There are some uneven parts where the reader may be confused or left with questions, but for the most part the writing is straightforward and clear. The book also draws a direct correlation between her character and boxing; while some may see the sport as violent, Jesselyn actually comes across as very mature and in control of her emotions. A main focus of the book is the support Jesselyn has from her father and her coach. While some of her friends don't always understand her commitment to the sport, she has 100% support from her family and coaches.

Must buy for all elementary and middle school libraries! I predict this will fly off my biography shelf.

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" I received this book as an ARC. I wasn’t quite sure how I would feel about it but I really enjoyed it! It wi make a great addition to my classroom library. Such an inspiration for kids everywhere! " said.

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