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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“She may be a noob and a girl, but Mickey is the best partner for me. Every time she walks into practice, she has to prove herself. She understands better than anyone what it means to work hard and push yourself.”
In Laura Shovan’s latest novel, Takedown, Lev has been a member of the Gladiators wrestling team for the past few years, and he has always dreamed of going to the state wrestling championship. Mikayla, or Mickey, has wrestling in her blood. Her two older brothers and her dad are obsess ...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
Thank you to Laura Shovan for providing #collabookation an ARC of Takedown for review.
Takedown is a wonderful book about following your dreams, being true to oneself, and keeping an open mind.
I read it back in December and just realized I never reviewed it. But the friendships and story came right back. I loved Makayla’s bravery, and her willingness to stand on her own when her best friend backed out of wrestling. I loved Lev’s reluctant support transform to genuine camaraderie.
This book was ...more
I don’t know anything about wrestling, but I know good stories when I read them, and this one deserves to win a state championship. Told from a dual perspective by Mickey and Lev, tossed together when Mickey has to change wrestling teams because she’s a girl, this wonderful story of friendship, sport, and finding your true self is an absolute winner! Laura Shovan for the takedown!
In her supremely readable sophomore effort, Laura Shovan delivers a story of two wrestlers whose paths intersect, raising questions about what wrestling means to each of them.
Lev and Mikayla have each been wrestling for years, but when the new season arrives the two find themselves on the same team, and paired as partners. Mikayla's determined to produce a successful season, even though many of her teammates struggle with the idea of having a girl on the team. Lev has his own challenges, with a ...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.
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