Underdogs Before The Book Thief Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe Brothers The Underdog Fighting Rueben Wolfe and Getting the Girl Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into f

  • Title: Underdogs
  • Author: Markus Zusak
  • ISBN: 9780545354424
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Before The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe Brothers The Underdog, Fighting Rueben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into fights, coming up with half baked schemes, and generally disappointing girls, their parents, and their much motivated older siblings They re intensely loyal to each othBefore The Book Thief, Markus Zusak wrote a trilogy of novels about the Wolfe Brothers The Underdog, Fighting Rueben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl Cameron and Ruben Wolfe are champions at getting into fights, coming up with half baked schemes, and generally disappointing girls, their parents, and their much motivated older siblings They re intensely loyal to each other, brothers at their best and at their very worst But when Cameron falls head over heels for Ruben s girlfriend, the strength of their bond is tested to its breaking point.We re proud to present these novels together for the first time, and to be introducing American readers to The Underdog, never before published in the United States Fans of The Book Thief won t want to miss reading the novels that launched Markus Zusak s stellar career.

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    • Maria says:

      Markus Zusak is arguably one of the best contemporary YA authors, as evidenced by his internationally acclaimed bestseller, The Book Thief. It was a pleasure to read this trilogy as it chronicles the first three works of the author before his literary fame. The Underdog is the shortest story of the three, and while lacking in some aspects it is an intriguing first act of Underdogs trilogy and whets the reader’s appetite for a taste of the resilient Wolfe Family. Fighting Ruben Wolfe delves dee [...]

    • Dawn Teresa says:

      Originally posted on my blog, Read LoveThe Book Thief was no fluke. It was the culmination of years of work and growth from a gifted writer. When I began reading the first book in Underdogs, fearful that it would prove to be vastly inferior to The Book Thief (one of my all-time favorite books), I found real and rapid assurance that the hand that authored that masterpiece also wrote these words. In The Underdog, originally published in 1999 (and his first work), Markus Zusak's talent and unique s [...]

    • Jessica says:

      Magnificent!I know THE BOOK THIEF is the one that all kiddies rave about, and don't get me wrong: that is a brilliant book and I love it. But then I discovered GETTING THE GIRL, which led me to find FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE, which brings us here, to the first US publication of THE UNDERDOG, contained in this omnibus of all three Wolfe brothers books. If you don't, from the first chapter of THE UNDERDOG (or any of the other two, really), fall madly in love with the endearingly awkward and yet strange [...]

    • Jenny says:

      Come on, people, this is Zusak we're talking about and while, yes, I love his entirely unique writing style, I adore his beautifully honest stories with their sweet messages even more. This little story doesn't have some huge event or a climactic ending, it doesn't have some whirling plot that keeps us turning pages but will be forgotten not long after the last page is read. It's about life, and the lessons we can glean from it. Sure, Cameron couldn't talk to girls and Ruben and he were pretty u [...]

    • Heidi (Yup. Still here.) says:

      I am not afraid. I will admit it. I have a new book crush. His name is Cameron. He is geeky and shy and he has a heart of gold. What is not to love? I will add that in the intro Mr. Zuzak admitted he is Cameron so by default I guess my crush also carries to him (Who are we kidding I love Markus too. I mean who can resist an accent?) What is it about Aussie writers? Even in their earlier books that are not as polished (such as this one) they have you laughing one minute and wanting to bawl your e [...]

    • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ says:

      I finished this at last! And over all, I really enjoyed it. The first book of the anthology was a bit rough and uneventful, but I thought the second and third books were a lot better, and I could definitely see Markus Zusak's writing improve over the course of the trilogy. There were times when I thought the style (especially the dialogue) got kind of pretentious/annoying, but for the most part I loved the way they were written. And by the end I felt very attached to the Wolfe family and felt li [...]

    • Eden says:

      The first thing to note is that this is an omnibus of The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl. The second thing to note is that they're Markus Zusak's very first novels. The writing style we all loved in The Book Thief didn't just spring magically from a first effort, and Underdogs is definitely representative of the journey this author's writing grew through.The biggest issue with The Underdog is that it's plot-less. This leaves it all up to Cameron to capture our interest, whic [...]

    • Marija says:

      On TCM there’s a segment where Peter O’Toole reflects upon his experiences working with David Lean in Lawrence of Arabia. O’Toole remembers one particular scene where Lean asks him to complete five minutes of mime for the scene where Lawrence tries on, for the first time, that white robe in the desert. Not knowing what to do, O’Toole thinks about it, and then remembers the dagger he has sheathed on his waist. As the film starts rolling, O’Toole uses the dagger as a mirror to look at hi [...]

    • Jillian -always aspiring- says:

      All three books in one volume? YES!!!

    • Justin says:

      I don’t know what it is with me and omnibuses… omnibusseses… omnibi? Anything that’s packaged as a complete set, be it made up of novels or comics, tends to attract my attention these days. This particular omnibus appeared to me out of nowhere, and didn’t do anything for me at first. Somewhere between when I started it and when I finished it, though, it crept up on me and became one of my favorite recent reads. It’s a meandering, quirky coming-of-age story that is funny and heartbrea [...]

    • Meegy says:

      To tell you the truth I was a bit skeptical about this book at first, but as it was by Markus Zusak I wanted to read it. This book is compiled of three short stories about Cameron Wolfe. I loved how at the end of each chapter is either a dream, a conversation with his brother or WORDS (as Cameron calls them)This book was amazing, and about battle of Cameron Wolfes every day teenage life. The last book I found was the best, and it made me cry to see it all come together.

    • Eli Lindsey says:

      I liked this book very much. In the beginning I was very skeptical because the plot seemed to be going nowhere but as it got going, it progressed greatly. This story is just one of those feel good books, in the end the little man gets what he wants and triumphs over the big man. My favorite character in the book is Reuben, he is the one everyone likes but still doesn't show it in his day to day life. He is also nice to his brother Cameron, even though Cameron is not as good of a boxer as he. Thi [...]

    • Ken says:

      G'day, mates. This here's the story of Cameron Wolfe. OK, THREE stories of Cameron Wolfe. Once upon a time they were little known novels by a little known YA writer from Down Under. Title of the books? The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl. Title of the author? Markus Zusak. Reason that sounds familiar? The Book Thief.And that's the reason has put together these three books -- Zusak's sensational success with the Holocaust sleeper, The Book Thief. Some of the books in UNDERDO [...]

    • Nancy says:

      Underdogs is an omnibus volume of Markus Zusak;s three novels about the Wolfe brothers, Ruben and young narrator Cameron. The first novel - The Underdog - is noticeably the weakest of the three, and was in fact Zusak's first novel. There's really little to say about it, except that so little happens in it that I am a bit surprised that it was even published. It basically sets the stage for the two novels that follow.But it is followed by Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and that is a horse of another (extr [...]

    • George says:

      Would want to be a fighter? This book is a story about two brothers that always get into fights. They're not that close with their other siblings but themselves. One day a street boxing promotor heard about Ruben Wolfe beating up a guy in school for calling his sister inappropriate names. When the promotor talked with Ruben to get him to fight, Ruben also told him about his brother Cameron Wolfe that he should fight too. Ruben starts taking this seriously because he wants to be a fighter even th [...]

    • Jen Scott says:

      I'm going to do a three part review for this book, because I read all three novels at different times. The first one is for Underdog: Out of all of the Markus Zusak books I've read, this one was my least favorite. I felt like it didn't have as much direction as his other books, and there was no "wow" factor for me. But, nevertheless, this is Markus Zusak we're talking about, and he is a beautiful writer, so I enjoyed reading it.Fighting Ruben Wolfe: I had the awesome experience of reading this t [...]

    • Hemant says:

      I could relate to this story right from the beginning. Though the main character is 15, the things he is going through right now sort of relate to any average teenager (love, relationships etc). I really like how the story talks about the main character (Cameron)'s brother and how they are still having fun together even after they have fights and arguments (that was mostly what related to me). This book is good for people who want to know what it is like going through a teen's life but it goes i [...]

    • Tatiana says:

      Это история про :миссис Вульфмистера ВульфаСтиваСаруРубаКэмеронаОктавиюПушкапро поиски себяпро голодпро дружбупро семьюпро любовь — Ты можешь утонуть во мне, когда захочешь, Кэмерон, — сказала она и, как тогда, прикоснулась губами к моим губам и плавно потекла через мо [...]

    • Kelly says:

      Simply put, Zusak is a genius at writing and that was the main force to keep me reading. Out of the three books I liked the third one the most. However, the more I read the more meaningful and different the book became. My actual rating is 3.5. If you're a fan of the book thief and/or the messenger then you may want more Zusak in his beginning years. Warning: Peculiar, but worthy

    • Maureen E says:

      All three Wolfe novels. The last, Getting the Girl is by far my favorite, though the tidiness of the resolution bothered me just a little. But I was invested enough in Cameron at that point to not really mind. [Oct. 2011]

    • Deb Stern says:

      I could have counted this as three separate books, as they were written. However, to really feel the full effect, this needs to read as one continuous novel. Zusak speaks of layers from life experiences and every one of his books shows pieces of his layers. Audible version really good.

    • Phrynne says:

      A very short, simple little book but it shows that Marcus Zusak has what it takes to be a really good author and later he proved this with The Book Thief. Underdogs is not really my kind of book but I enjoyed it for what it was.

    • K. McDevitt says:

      I'd read Fighting Ruben Wolfe before, so when I saw this collection of all three books (that one being the middle one) I grabbed it. It was a slow read for me for some reason, but I did enjoy it. I got to meet Cameron Wolfe for the first time (again) in the first story, "The Underdog," and really get to know him. And I got to see him really come into his own in the third story, "Getting the Girl." Born into a working class family, Cameron has a lot of hopes of making something of himself, but is [...]

    • Jacinta Carter says:

      While not as good as Zusak's other novels, this trilogy was still an enjoyable read. He does a great job of portraying the struggles the Wolfe brothers face in life and with each other. If I were a brother (instead of just having three of them), this book probably would have hit closer to home for me. As it is, though, I liked reading about Cameron and Ruben Wolfe, and I wouldn't have minded if this book had been a bit longer.

    • Fatcheeks says:

      If I had to choose my favorite relationship in this book, it would definitely be Steve and Cam. That one broke my heart and filled it again the most.That said, I love books about family and ones that focus on brothers. It reminded me ofThe Outsidersso therefore, I recommended this book for anyone who enjoyed that book.

    • Dan says:

      Markus Zusak has earned a place at the top of my list of favorite authors. If you haven't read The Book Thief, do. Read my review of it first though--I think you should know some things before you start. Read I am the Messenger too. Once you've read those, you're going to want more Markus Zusak--at least I did. Luckily I discovered Underdogs. It is a compilation of the first three books Zusak published. Originally published in his native Australia, they have only recently become available to rea [...]

    • Relebohile Ntshingila says:

      Actual rating is 3.5 Stars.

    • Hazel West says:

      Thoughts on the Overall Book: I decided to just review this addition so I can review all three books together in order to compare them. They were, of course, brother stories, and that always makes me enjoy things so much more and I really did love reading about the Wolfe brothers.Cover--Yea or Nay: Meh, it's okay. Nothing really special, but I do like silhouettes as opposed to character impersonators. Characters: These are definitely character driven stories, so having good characters is very im [...]

    • Albert Riehle says:

      This is an omnibus edition of the 3 continuous books in the Cameron Wolfe series and as an omnibus I'm giving it 4 stars because I have to judge it all together. It's worth noting that if there were half-stars I'd give it 4.5 though. It's also worth noting that the last two books, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl are definite 5 star works. It's the first book, Underdog that brings the rating down. And Underdog isn't bad. It's simply a first book and it's not as good as the other two. It [...]

    • Laura says:

      I’d like to preface this with the fact that I adore everything Zusak has ever written (I can’t wait for whenever Bridge of Clay comes out because Lord knows I’ve been waiting long enough). But with I’d like to call attention to the little known Underdogs omnibus, consisting of three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl. I know one of the complaints about this series is that they aren’t written exactly like the way I Am the Messenger or The Book Thief is writt [...]

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