by Sharon G. Flake


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545057189
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 616,672
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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:

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 14 years old and she in my favorite author in the world ........ she's awesome!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grrrrreeeeaaaaaaattttttttt book ,great suspense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They have this book at my book fair this week.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What brave characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was fairly good. Had a good time reading it. It really gets into the emotional stress of two very different issues. Being very smart with no real friends while trying hard to live down a horrible bullying incedent, IE. Adonis; and being an insperational and succesful athlete while struggling with accademics that could end your reputation all the while being infatuated with someone that is your complete opposite, IE. Autumn. In my opinion, the book seemed incomplete. The way they left off gave no real indication if things are going to get better or not. Aside from that, though, the book was very entertaining indeed and was well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book there are three main characters. Their names are Autumn, Adonis, and Peaches.  Autumn and Peaches are best friends. Adonis is different though he has no legs, but that doesn't stop Autumn  from liking him. Autumn really likes Adonis, she tries and tries to get with him, but Adonis doesn't feel the same  way. He dislikes regulars, because of a tragic event that happened to him. The only reason he actually talks to  her, is because she is on the wrestling team. Autumn is kicked off the wrestling team, because of her bad grades.  At first Autumn doesn't go to class and spends time in the library. This is how her and Adonis began working  together. Adam wonders if her and Adonis we'll get together, or will she have to move on. One day trying to talk  to Adonis out of getting Peaches in trouble, she finds out his tragedy and that changes their relationship.  I really enjoyed this book. I love how Autumn knows Adonis doesn't like her, but she never gives up. I also admire her  determination, her determination for Adonis is shown in this quote "[...] I love you Adonis more than Peaches who  is like a sister to me." This doesn't change how Adonis feels though. This is shown in the quote, "Leave me alone.  I don't like I will never like you Autumn." I would recommend this book it has romance, a little bit of comedy, and  also education.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished it. I think it wasfabulously written. Greatly detailed totally visualizable. It totally deserved that Corretta Scott King award
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hey," she said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a very interseting book and i highly encourage everyone to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago