Lightning's Run

From the Series Bareknuckle

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Hiram’s father forbids violence. It’s against their family’s beliefs. Even so, Hiram has been sneaking out to the Woodrat Club, where bareknuckle fighters compete and shady deals go down. Tired of beatings from a local bully, Hiram wants to learn how to box. He finds a willing teacher in Lightning, one of the Woodrat’s finest fighters.

Hiram, a Jewish immigrant, and Lightning, a former slave, soon form an unlikely friendship. But Lightning has troubles of his own. When a man from Lightning’s past appears in New York, will Hiram’s new boxing skills be enough to help his friend?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS YAF059090, YAF058100, YAF024150
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 590
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 163029
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed



“Although the series is aimed at reluctant readers, it is exciting enough to interest voracious readers as well. The Bareknuckle series would be a worthy addition to middle school libraries and libraries serving the tween population.” —VOYA

Publishers Weekly

“Issues of race, tolerance, and assimilation are skillfully threaded through this vibrant and gritty account.” —Publishers Weekly

Author: Gabriel Goodman

Gabriel Goodman is a writer living in St. Paul. He has written for previous Darby Creek series, including the Surviving Southside series and the Bareknuckle series.