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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545057183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545057189
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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, ORα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Autumn is a champion—and the only girl—on the high-school wrestling team, but she is three grades behind in reading. She has a crush on her brilliant classmate, Adonis, the team manager, who was born without legs. Fierce and independent, he tells her bluntly, “Leave me alone . . . I don’t like you.” But why then does he dream about her? Told in the teens’ alternating first-person, present-tense voices, the story is packed with surprising revelations about family, friends, and enemies, as well as tough questions. Should Autumn cheat? Others do. Her mom cannot read her paycheck, and she is determined that her daughter will do better, even if it means that Autumn must leave the wrestling team. But more than the plot’s twists and turns, what will hold readers is the teens’ tense shifts between standoffs and romance, told without sentimentality or messages. Autumn tries to forget Adonis (“It’s hard . . . I love him”), until finally she asks him to help her learn to read. Grades 8-12. --Hazel Rochman

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It was intriguing and led to several great discussions among the students.
A Williams
I love wrestling and this book so I can really appreciate the accuracy, it makes good reading!
marette
I purchased this book for my daughter as a Christmas gift, and she's read it twice already.
allison

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maci and Zoe Read Books on February 7, 2015
Format: Paperback
Maci's Review- This book was ok. It was basically a romance. Otherwise it was good because the topic was pretty good. This book is about a girl named Autumn and a boy named Aodnis. Aodnis is in a wheel chair because he was born without knees, calves, and feet. Autumn has a lot of trouble reading. This book is how they come together.

Zoe's Review- didn’t like this book very much, it was just a romance. The story line was okay and the writing was sort of hard to follow at times. It would just skip to the next day or place and they wouldn’t indicate it, it would take you a minute to figure out. All in all the story was disappointing because it wasn’t what the back cover portrayed it to be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha McManus on March 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Autumn loves three things: wrestling, cooking, and Adonis Miller. She is an excellent wrestler and has many wins under her belt. Her cooking is divine. Adonis is a sticking point. Adonis is handsome, brilliant, well-mannered, well-dressed, well-read, and absolutely not interested in Autumn. Autumn practically stalks him through ninth grade, always speaking her mind, asking personal questions about his disability and how it feels to live without legs. She keeps telling him she loves him, follows him, waits for him before and after classes, and texts him endlessly about everything from wrestling to seeking help with her reading. This is one of Adonis's many problems with Autumn. She can't read well, she is a D student, and while she reigns on the wrestling mat, she barely keeps her head above water in class. He can't love a girl like that. Can he? A quick read that gives insight into what it is like to be the one who is different. A female wrestler on an all male team. A wrestling assistant born without legs. A struggling reader barely passing her grade. A young man who must come to terms with the fact he really has no friends. Told in Autumn's and Adonis's alternating voices with brief chapters perfect for quick reading or those middle and high school reluctant readers who want to read something about the things they care most about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've purchased two of these books - one specifically for a student of mine who requested it, and the other ended up being given to a reluctant reader in one of my classes. Because our school is in Pittsburgh, we have had an ongoing relationship with Ms Flake. One of my students had the opportunity to interview Ms Flake a couple of years ago, and she hinted that she was writing about teens who had some sort of special needs. I was looking forward to reading this book, because I teach special needs students. It was good to read a popular book whose main characters each have a disability yet who also have definite strengths, both of which the they openly discuss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dani on December 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have Been reading ms.flake novels since I was tween.she is a very good story teller. She takes you into the lives of young adults who make real choices in life without appearing to raw and trashy as other novel present teenagers.
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Format: Paperback
Told in alternating voices, “Pinned” tells the love/hate relationship of 9th graders Autumn and Adonis. Autumn is the only female wrestler on her 9th grade team. She loves wrestling, but hates everything else about school because she’s reading on a 6th grade level and is failing math. Wrestling makes her feel powerful and strong, instead of dumb, but her parents tell her if her grades don’t improve she will not be allowed on the team. Autumn doesn’t know what she’ll do if she doesn’t have wrestling. She loves cooking with her best friend Peaches, and planning for their future restaurant, but wrestling is her life.

Adonis was born without legs, and is the smartest student in school. Autumn is in love with him, and is not shy about letting him know this at every possible moment. Adonis does everything he can to avoid Autumn because he thinks she’s too impulsive, talks too much and isn’t smart. He admits she’s good at wrestling, but feels she could do more to improve her grades and believes she is just being lazy.

Autumn and Adonis are complete opposites, but circumstances keep pushing them together. They draw strength, and learn from one another, in surprising ways.

Recommended for ages 11-14.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I picked up this book after meeting the author in a restaurant where we were eating alone (on separate business trips). I mentioned my son's love of wresting, and she mentioned her book. I loved that the characters are have real issues and challenges that they struggle to overcome while dealing with the "normal" kid issues. She spoke to a wide variety of things our kids will face as they mature and pass through adolescence and school days. My son (8y) is younger than the characters and the target age of Ms. Flake's audience, so I pre-read the book. I think he can easily understand it, and there was nothing too risque for him. I think the main character's struggle with reading will resonate with him and hopefully encourage him to persevere, as she ultimately decides to do. It's wrapped and under the tree!
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By marette on December 14, 2013
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I met Ms. Flake and she was telling me about her new book. I went out immediately and purchased it. I love wrestling and this book so I can really appreciate the accuracy, it makes good reading!
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