Takedown (Winning Season Series #8)

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Strong, wiry, and lightweight, Donald seems to have the perfect combination of physical attributes for wrestling. And after seeing a highschool wrestling match, he's excited to join Hudson City's middle-school team. The work-outs are grueling, and he loses his first few matches, but Donald's most difficult obstacle is his temper. Can he channel it to work for him instead of against him?

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Takedown #8: Winning Season

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Overview

Strong, wiry, and lightweight, Donald seems to have the perfect combination of physical attributes for wrestling. And after seeing a highschool wrestling match, he's excited to join Hudson City's middle-school team. The work-outs are grueling, and he loses his first few matches, but Donald's most difficult obstacle is his temper. Can he channel it to work for him instead of against him?

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Gr 4-7-Donald Jenkins, a seventh grader from a working-class family in Hudson City, NJ, has decided to join the wrestling team. Despite the frustration of losing every day in practice, this small and wiry youngster is determined to succeed. However, Donald's quick temper and aggressiveness are not enough to beat his opponents, as he soon learns after losing his first two matches. He must begin to think on the mat and follow through in order to be victorious. Predictably, Donald eventually succeeds and begins to feel more like a member of his team. Although the author presents several scenarios that could offer more depth to the protagonist and overall story, none of them are explored. This is strictly series fare for sports enthusiasts and struggling readers.-Michael Giller, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142409190
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Series: Winning Season Series , #8
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 821,942
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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Rich Wallace lives in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Learning as you go

    "Takedown" is an interesting novella (short novel) about a young middle-school wrestler who has to come to grips with his short temper and how to become a better wrestler. Boys who are interested in wrestling will enjoy the characters who are relatable to real life situations and how one's behaviour can get one into trouble if not controlled. He must learn patience as well and he'll find that as he wrestles in more tournaments, the better he gets when he concentrates. He not only wrestles for sport but with his temper.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    A great book for young wrestlers

    I wrestled when I was young and this novel brought back memories of what it was like. It's also a great research tool for me as I plan to write one of my own. This also teaches young wrestlers that it's okay to do your best at your chosen sport and how to control one's temper as the protagonist has a short one. It's a brisk and quick read and fulfilling at the end. All you young wrestlers out there should read this book.

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