Pinned by Sharon Flake

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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 is confined to 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.

About Sharon Flake

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Author Bio: Sharon G. Flake won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel The Skin I’m In and is a two-time Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book winner. Beloved by children and adults, critics and booksellers, librarians and teachers, she is the author of a middle-grade novel and five books for young adults that have sold more than half a million copies. The mother of a college-age daughter, Flake writes full-time from her home in Pittsburgh. To learn more about Ms. Flake, please visit her at Bio:  
Published October 1, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 245 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Autumn Knight is good at several things: She's a great friend, a terrific cook and a fiercely competitive wrestler, the only girl on her team.

Sep 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Pinned

Publishers Weekly

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I’m sure it’s exceptionally low.” Flake (You Don’t Even Know Me) avoids tidiness, constructing two authentic, distinct voices that expose the strengths and flaws of both teenagers—Adonis is cerebral, conceited, and eloquent, while Autumn’s narration is openhearted and raw (“If grade...

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Christian Science Monitor

Sharon Flake's young adult novel shows high school at its best and worst and gets to the heart of its two teenage main characters.

Jan 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Pinned

Gr 6–10—Autumn is a wrestler. She loves the hard work, discipline, and the challenge of gaining control of her opponent. On the mat, Autumn is a quick-thinking powerhouse, the result of intense training, dedication, and passion for the sport. But in school, she struggles to keep up in her classes...

May 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Pinned

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