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The Sweetheart
by Angelina Mirabella


Overview - In a "powerful tale of a person's capacity for reinvention" ( Kirkus Reviews ), a teenage girl from Philadelphia leaves her old life behind to become The Sweetheart, one of America's most infamous female wrestlers.

It's 1953 and seventeen-year-old Leonie Putzkammer feels destined to spend the rest of her life waiting tables and living with her widowed father, Franz, in their Philadelphia row house.  Read more...


 
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Overview
In a "powerful tale of a person's capacity for reinvention" (Kirkus Reviews), a teenage girl from Philadelphia leaves her old life behind to become The Sweetheart, one of America's most infamous female wrestlers.

It's 1953 and seventeen-year-old Leonie Putzkammer feels destined to spend the rest of her life waiting tables and living with her widowed father, Franz, in their Philadelphia row house. Until the day legendary wrestling promoter Salvatore Costantini walks into the local diner and offers her the chance to make a name for herself in the ring.

Leonie sets off for Florida to train at Joe Pospisil's School for Lady Grappling. There, she transforms into Gorgeous Gwen Davies, tag-team partner of legendary Screaming Mimi Hollander, and begins a romance with the soon-to-be Junior Heavyweight Champion Spider McGee. But when life as Gorgeous Gwen leaves her wanting more, she orchestrates a move that will catapult her from heel to hero: she becomes The Sweetheart, a choice that attracts the fans she desires but complicates all of her relationships--with Franz, Joe, Spider, Mimi (who becomes her fiercest competitor), and even with herself.

Asking the big questions about what it means to grow up, and stay true to yourself, The Sweetheart is daring, innovative, and powerful storytelling. "With a debut both endearing and enjoyable, this is a hands-down winner" (Star-Telegram, Dallas).

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476733906
  • ISBN-10: 1476733902
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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