Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities.Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common--they're each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school's most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis uses a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can't walk or dance. But he's a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal. In time, Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love. Told in alternating voices, Takedown explores issues of self-discovery, friendship, and what it means to be different.
Author: Sharon G. Flake Publisher: Scholastic Press Published: 06/24/2014 Pages: 240 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.44lbs Size: 8.00h x 5.20w x 0.60d ISBN: 9780545057332 Age Range: 13-17
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 3.4 Point Value: 5 Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus Quiz #/Name: 153168 / Pinned
Review Citation(s): School Library Journal 09/01/2012 pg. 144
About the Author Sharon G. Flake's groundbreaking novel, The Skin I'm In, brought a bold dimension to literature for young readers. Now considered a modern classic, The Skin I'm In has sold over a million copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages. The novel is required reading in classrooms and communities around the globe. Since its publication, Flake has authored over a dozen books, winning multiple Coretta Scott King Honor Awards; ALA Notable and Top Ten Recommended Books citations, and an NAACP Image Award Nomination, among many accolades. Her latest novel, The Life I'm In, a companion to The Skin I'm In, has earned four starred reviews, and has been deemed one of the most anticipated sequels of the decade.