The Main Event

The Moves and Muscle of Pro Wrestling

From the Series Spectacular Sports

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Nothing in wrestling can match the excitement of the main event. It’s the match that everyone wants to see, the match that will have fans talking the next day. Author Patrick Jones takes readers deep inside the world of pro wrestling and shows how its stars—and the wild characters they portray—have turned pro wrestling into a billion-dollar industry. Take a seat and gear up for the greatest show in wrestling—the main event!

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Sports
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.4
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF054220, JNF054000, JNF039040
Dewey 796.812
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Lexile 990
ATOS Reading Level 6.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 152876
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Author: Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.

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Spectacular Sports

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  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2015
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2012


School Library Journal

“Readers interested in the world of professional wrestling will find much to enjoy here….Jones offers a nice level of detail in an engaging voice for kids who want a little more in-depth information.” —School Library Journal


“This boy-friendly and versatile book moves beyond straightforward biographies or a wrestling how-to and encompasses nearly everything a fan may want to know.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A tight yet thorough history of wrestling as ‘sports entertainment’—read that as meaning staged—from Jones…. Jones shows that the best professional wrestling is a kind of primal theater, and a far cry from the much more brutal mixed martial arts, which is sadly eclipsing its fan base.” —Kirkus Reviews