Youre only as good as your partner.Mikayla is a wrestler; when you grow up in a house full of brothers who are die-hard mat heads, it's in your DNA. She even has a wrestling name: Mickey. Some people dont want a girl on the team. But that wont stop her. She's determined to work hard, and win.Lev is determined too--he's going to make it to the state championship. He's used to training with his two buddies as the Fearsome Threesome. But at the beginning of sixth grade, he's paired with a new partnera girl. This better not get in the way of his goal.Mickey and Lev work hard together, and find a way to become friends. But at States, there can only be one winner.This warmhearted, engaging novel by the author of the highly praised The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary explores competition among athletes, how it influences family and friendships, and what happens when one girl wants to break barriers in a sport dominated by boys....
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Laura Shovan has a gift for writing characters you'd want as friends. She had a classroom full of them in THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, and in TAKEDOWN, we get to know two wonderful characters who make up a story of perseverance, family, and sexism that is more applicable than ever.
If you loved THE LAST FIFTH GRADE and want to see what Shovan can do with the traditional narrative format, you will not be disappointed by TAKEDOWN.
Middle-Grade books are not always my favorites. I realize their simple plots are necessary for younger readers, but while I enjoy many, I prefer older YA novels. This time, however, I knew that Laura Shovan's new book, just out, would be good. Her first novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, is marvelous and so creative. So now, Takedown, about wrestling? I have a nephew who wrestled and while I liked watching and rooting for him, it isn't a favorite sport.
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To be fair, she had me at "female wrestler." I'm on the quest to read more books about sporty girls, and "The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary," Laura Shovan's debut novel in verse was one of my favorites of 2016. So, when I heard about TAKEDOWN, coming out in spring 2018, I knew I had to get my hands on an ARC. It's told in chapters that alternate between Mickey (real name Mikayla), a girl wrestler, and Lev, the boy who starts off as her wrestling partner and becomes a true friend.
Now, a ...more
I loved this book! Mikayla and Lev were so real and so relatable, I became wrapped up in their stories right away and had a hard time putting this book down. They each had their own unforgettable journey on their way to finding out who they really were, each with their own set of challenges.
Oh! And I just have to say, I am not the biggest sports fan in the world, but the wrestling matches and practice sessions were written so vividly that they were easy and fun to follow.
Beyond that, family and ...more
I was fortunate enough to snag an ARC, but my 11-year-old son stole it before I could read it. Here is his review:
"I wasn't sure at first that I liked it but as I read more and more I grew captivated especially during the tournaments as Mickey finally gets up to states I can easily support her. I loved the sad but happy ending and (view spoiler)[ you can tell that Lev is very disturbed by injuries that cause blood in wrestling which really shows why he quit or might quit. (hide spoiler)] Althou ...more
I simply loved this book. Mikayla and Lev are unforgettable characters who you would want as your own friends. Laura does a wonderful job of making the wrestling world accessible to all, especially those who know nothing of it, like me. This will most certainly be a well-loved title in my classroom library!
I loved, loved, loved this book! The characters and the relationships they have are so well-written. Plus, I learned a lot about wrestling!
Wow!!! Shouldn’t be surprised at all after reading her last story, @LauraShovan this story is...wonderful! The characters are memorable and the wrestling vernacular is just spot on. There is a great flow to this story as well. Can’t wait for others to read! #Bookjourney