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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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary was one of my favourite reads of 2016. This year, Laura Shovan has brought her incredible characterization skills to a prose novel with Takedown. I'm not a sporty person, but I do enjoy a good sports story and this one is great!
Mickey and Lev are newly matched up partners on their wrestling team. Both are determined to make it to the state championships and after a bumpy start, they begin to see each other as allies rather than obstacles.
I loved the d ...more
I can't wait for readers to meet Lev and Mikayla!
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 so excited when I heard that Laura Shovan was writing a middle grade novel and my expectations were totally met. Ms. Shovan gives such lively and distinct voices to her main characters (which should be no surprise to anyone who watched her breathe life into an entire class for Last 5th Grade at Emerson Elementary!). With a sports story that everyone will love and its themes of persistence, unlikely friendships, and finding yourself/your values, Takedown is already on my preorder list and w ...more
I could not put down this new novel by Laura Shovan. A full review and interview will be coming to Sporty Girl Books before the book releases in June 2018. For now, I will just tell you that this book should be on your TBR list.
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.
After a slow start, I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy this book. I didn’t know very much about wrestling so I was afraid I wouldn’t get into this book. As the story continued with Lev and Mikayla narrating every other chapter, I really got into the book. The author included really insightful dialogue, emotions, and thoughts that a middle grade reader would appreciate or at least identify with. I’m glad the author wrote this book with wrestling as an overarching theme. I look forward to more books from thi ...more
Note: I was fortunate to have the opportunity to read this as an ARC.
Laura Shovan has done an excellent job of alternating points of view. While this middle-grade novel focuses on a girl who is wrestling boys, the story also delves into important middle-grade issues of family dynamics and fitting in.
Shovan has been strategic in crafting characters who mesh gender expectations without feeling like caricatures. Both Mikayla and Lev are likeable and complicated enough not to seem shallow while als ...more