Final Takedown

Final Takedown

by Brent Sherrard
     
 

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For as long as they've been friends, Elias has been relying on his buddy Jordan. It's Jordan's mom who takes him in when his own mother is on an alcoholic binge; it's Jordan who acts as the brother and role model that Elias doesn't have. But now they've gone too far, and a schoolyard fight has landed them both in jail. The judge gives them a warning: Shape up, or

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For as long as they've been friends, Elias has been relying on his buddy Jordan. It's Jordan's mom who takes him in when his own mother is on an alcoholic binge; it's Jordan who acts as the brother and role model that Elias doesn't have. But now they've gone too far, and a schoolyard fight has landed them both in jail. The judge gives them a warning: Shape up, or face time in juvie. The clock is already ticking when Jordan gets his girlfriend pregnant and then comes up with a big-time takedown that'll set them both up for life. For Elias, it's not worth the risk. But can he free himself of Jordan's influence in time?

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book Guide
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CM Magazine
"An ambitious coming-of-age story that is deals with youth crime and drug addiction in a realistic manner. The lesson of the story, that being a man consists of taking responsibility for one's actions and being one's own person, is a worthwhile one, particularly for teenage boys..A good book for younger teens (12-14) that are just beginning to experience the joys of reading. Recommended."
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"An excellent story, with believable characters and a storyline that unfolds in such a way that we see Elias' growth."
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Elias and his friend Jordan beat up the star players of the school hockey team. They are stoned (intoxicated by drugs) in Mr. Tarver's class when the police come looking for them. Elias and Jordan are charged in court and suspended from school. Elias has a mother who drinks all the time. He gets money from her purse to pay the rent and buy groceries. He gets caught stealing a steak but is let go. Elias and Jordan do construction jobs for Jordan's uncle. The work feels good to Elias. He puts money in Mr. Tarver's mail box to pay for the tires which he slashed in a fit of anger. Mr. Tarver has a talk with him and says that people have a choice. Elias continues to work even when Jordan misses work because of a hangover. Elias learns that the father he always hoped to find died in prison. Jordan plans a heist—he intends to rob the local gambler. Elias goes along but during the heist gets shot. He ends up in the hospital. Jordan disappears. Elias pleads guilty in court and does his time in a group home. Will he now make good choices? This is one of the "SideStreets" series. Teens will find plenty of excitement in this short read—which will appeal to reluctant readers as well Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Elias and Jordan are in trouble as usual, only this time Elias is rethinking his life. While he continues to smoke joints, get in fights, and try to manage his alcoholic mom, he also gets a job, goes out on a few dates with a cute upper-class girl, and starts to paint and clean up the house. The dating doesn't work out as Amber is more interested in sociology (dating the poor boy) than in getting to know Elias, and by this time he is wondering if he is more than the stoner kid, and if he really wants to do the last takedown that Jordan has planned. The epilogue neatly ties up the story as Elias realizes that everyone makes choices and that Jordan isn't the friend he thought he was: he didn't even make a 911 call as Elias was bleeding and incapacitated from a gunshot. The book has a lot of issues and not a lot of action, but the cover of a teen with a chain-link fence in front of his face will appeal to reluctant readers.—Amy Cheney, Alameda County Library, Oakland, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552775233
Publisher:
Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Lorimer SideStreets Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Brent R. Sherrard is a published author of high-interest, low-vocabulary young-adult novels for reluctant readers. His first novel, Wasted, was published by Lorimer to critical acclaim for its gritty and realistic portrayal of a teenage addict, offering insights into substance abuse and recovery.

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