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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...

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Overview


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.

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* "The unflinching honesty with which Flake approaches her characters is what sells this story."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

* "This brilliantly realized story is told alternately in their two distinctive voices, and readers will cheer Autumn's spirit and Adonis' drive."--KIRKUS, starred review

School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Two African American students with disabilities-Autumn, who struggles to learn to read, and Adonis, who was born without legs-learn that they are not so different after all in this unexceptional novel. Autumn is the only girl on the wrestling team, and though she excels at sports and cooking, she can't find success in the classroom. She is in love with Adonis, who finds her annoying and pushes her away at every opportunity. Adonis is an A student, almost too perfect, and rigid when it comes to his views on other people-especially Autumn. Given that he dreams about her and thinks about her constantly, however, readers will suspect that he has some hidden feelings. Told from alternating points of view, the story mostly dwells on the teens' school problems and spends less time on their potential romance. Parents and teachers all seem too good to be true, and the outcome is entirely predictable. The main characters are unique and interesting, but while the novel has a well-meaning message, it is didactic and lacks real drama. Teens are likely to be more interested in the romance and friendships than in the constant focus on Autumn's poor reading skills and will miss the gritty details and urban settings they may have expected from this author. Those who loved Flake's excellent The Skin I'm In (1998) and Who Am I Without You? (2004, both Hyperion) will be drawn to this novel but may ultimately find it disappointing.—Miranda Doyle, Lake Oswego School District, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545057332
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 110,305
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Flake

Sharon G. Flake exploded onto the literary scene with her novel THE SKIN I'M IN, in 1998, and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Since then she has become a multiple Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award winner and many of her novels have received ALA Notable and Best Books for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Please visit Sharon’s website: www.sharongflake.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Fab

    This is a great book about two people who are meant to be together. Talkative learning-disabilited Autumn is the only girl wrestler at her school and she is the best at what she do. Wheel-chair bound Adonis is the wrestling manager and an honour roll student. Autumn has loved Adonis for years and he has ignored her for years. Through a very trying school year, both of these characters change and grow and learn to love one another. This is a great book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Lovd the book

    Loved the book

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Cool

    What brave characters

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Cant get enough of these books

    Im 14 years old and she in my favorite author in the world ........ she's awesome!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

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    Grrrrreeeeaaaaaaattttttttt book ,great suspense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Fabuless

    They have this book at my book fair this week.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Carmen

    She walked towards ki.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Kallee

    "Hey," she said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Should READ

    This book is great and interesting. With hearing how both think and feel you get the understanding of thier struggles and how they deal with them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Amazing book

    It is a very interseting book and i highly encourage everyone to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    Flake once again scores a hit with this book about best friends,

    Flake once again scores a hit with this book about best friends, possible romance, standing up for yourself (both literally and figuratively).  Autumn is a star wrestler but she can't read.  Adonis is in a wheelchair and despite warnings from her BFF, Autumn likes the guy. A lot.  And she demonstrates her feelings in ways that embarass Adonis.  Autumn's grades drop so low that she is no longer allowed to wrestle.  She spends time in the library to be closer to Adonis but still he pushes her away.  
    Overall, I liked the story.  Autumn struggles with academics, has supportive teachers and parents, and realizes that her BFF sometimes cheats to get what she wants.  It was troubling to read about her continued efforts to become Adonis' girlfriend when he continually verbally pushed her away.  But that is the way of some teens--to keep trying despite overwhelming odds against them.  The struggle Adonis has with doing the right thing is spot-on realistic.  One bit concern is the cover photo.  The model needs a bit more meat on her bones to look like a wrestler of the caliber Autumn is written to be.

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