Taking Sides

Taking Sides

by Gary Soto

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Overview

Taking Sides by Gary Soto

Lincoln is in a jam when his basketball team at his new school—where the students are rich and mostly white—faces his old team from the barrio on the boards. How can he play his best against his friends? No matter who wins, it looks like it will be lose-lose for Lincoln.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152046941
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/24/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 51,680
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Gary Soto 's first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at www.garysoto.com .

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"Soto masterfully conveys the Hispanic-American experience."—Publishers Weekly

"A believable, compelling picture. . . . Powerful."—Kirkus Reviews

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Taking Sides 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was allright considering that i just pick it because of the cover, i would recomend it, the book was interesting. the book did teach me a little lesson. the reason i picked this book was becuase of the tittle, and the kid with a basketball, so whan i read this book, i thought the book was going to be all aboute basketball, i guess you really cant judge by its cover, but im glad i read the book becuase i liked it, the reason why i liked it was because some people really go though this, and it kind of has to do with life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. I like it because I can relate to the character. I also like the author¿s style of writing. I like how the main character is faced with many problems a real kid would. The main characters name is Lincoln Mendoza. He is an eight grader. He moves from a city to a rich suburb named sycamore. He has to meet new friends and play for a new basketball team. Lincoln doesn¿t like his new home. He says, 'This place is dead. No one ever comes out of the house to check out the world.' he doesn¿t like the new basketball team either. But he starts to like school when he meets a cute girl named Monica. She even loves basketball. He has another best friend named James who is on the basketball team. I recommend this book to kids in seventh or eight grade. Especially if you like basketball. If you are interested in playing basketball or just hanging out with friends you will enjoy this book. There is a second book out, so after you read this book I suggest reading the second one. It is called pacific crossing
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking Sides,by Gary Soto It was a good story. Lincoln, the main character, moves away from his old neighborhood when they are robbed. He now plays basketball for his new school's team. He has three problems. He gets robbed again. He is playing against his former school's team. He also had to break up with his girlfriend. He shouldn't have to do that just because he moved away from his school and his house. Lincoln and his friend from his old school found who robbed his house and where the stolen goods are. The coach at his new school is very mean and won't let him say anything about his hurt toe. This is a terrific story. You should read it because there is a lot of action and intensity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lincoln Mendoza is a star basketball player for Franklin Junior High in San Francisco, but when his house is broken into his mother decides they should move to a better neighborhood the white town of Sycamore ten miles away. Lincoln likes the change at first but then he begins to miss his old friends and school. There is more to Lincoln than being homesick. He has a fight with Tony, his best friend from the SF. His divorced mother has a white boyfriend whom Lincoln dislikes his basketball coach doesn't like him he hurts his knee and his new house is broken into. What else can go wrong? Well he has a fight with Monica, a girl from his new school who he really likes, and his coach benches him for the big game between his new school and his old one. When the big game finally takes place, it forces Lincoln to figure out who he is and where he belongs. I liked the book because it was abouts two friends and when happened in their life when they both separated. Also because they went through alot of changes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It is about a boy who plays basketball and also likes a girl named Monica. Monica is a cheerleader and also likes him. One day, Lincoln was playing basket ball with Monica when he fell and sprained his leg. When he got home, his family was robbed. Read on to find out who robbed Lincoln's family and how the did it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was ok i would give it to a11-12 year old or rising sixth grader
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I think the book is cool some parts and really serious in some other parts. I think its cool that its about basketball and girlfriends and boyfriends. I think that people should read it (people who like basketball and relationships)! But other than that its cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, lets make it clear and simple, this book sucks, and i dont really hate on books that much, but if i do its because this books is bad, why? because the dude in the book cant stop complainig, very little details meaning that i get very bored in a few seconds, dont buy it!!!! i only read it because it was a book we needed to read in class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a really boring book that makes no sense. I hated it because the ending is pretty weak. I think the author should adds more details to this book. I wouldn't recommend this book because I didn't learn or gain anything from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is good.The character and I have a lot in common.We both like sports.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was one of the greatest books,I have ever read. My favorite part is when Franklin beats Colmbus.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the chacters in the book.I liked the twelth chapter because it had the most action I have ever read!I was suprised that the book does not have any pictures!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking sides is a book about a kid who has just changed schools and plays for columbus junior high.This is a great book. If you love basket ball you will love this book.Also this book teaches you about friendship and loyalty.I loved this book becauase it doesn't tell you to win the game but have fun as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story tells about a boy called Lincoln Mendoza that hirts his toe at practice in Colombus Jr. High in San Francisco where they moved to when they got robed.The story has many interesting problems that Lincoln faced in this story.So you better read it so you can't miss all the fun and problems!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking sides is a book about a Hispanic boy and his friend. They get seperated and now force to play against each other in basketball. This book was a very boaring book. A book when you couldn't wait until it ends. Has an ending that will make you want you to throw out the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking sides was an awesome book... although basketball isnt really my thing, the author sure did make it interesting for anyone to read. Also it had many different setting, yet it was fairly easy to keep up with... I am only in 8th grade, and Taking sides is the best book i have read so far...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking sides os an extremely interesting and exciting book. NOT!I thought it was one of most boring things I have ever read. It was not that exciting. Just kidding it was the very greatest book! I give it 5 stars just reaading the over-view. Read this book and you'll be wishing you played baskettball.
Guest More than 1 year ago
in my homeroom class we are reading taking sides.while we were reading i read ahead and my teacher yook my book away, but then since i was already ahead she let me go ahead.so far this book is great!i luv it already!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought taking sides was a wonderful book even though I had no other choice. Ithought the book was wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taking Sides, is a very good book. It is about a boy named Lincoln who goes through a lot of different experiences. He moves, and also has to switch schools, which means he has to leave his girlfriend, and his best friend. He played for his old basketball team, and now he plays for his new one. Now he needs to choose where his pride is.