Book Review: Takedown

36405733If you like sports books as much as I do, you’ll like Takedown by Laura Shovan–even if you’re not a wrestling fan.

Takedown is told from the points of view of two sixth graders who are assigned as partners on their travel wrestling team: Mikayla (a.k.a. Mickey) and Lev.

Mikayla Delgado is from a wrestling family. Both of her older brothers wrestle, and she loves the sport. But it’s not easy being the only girl on the team.

Lev Sofer just missed qualifying for the Maryland state championships last year, and he’s determined to make it this year. But having a girl for a wrestling partner doesn’t seem likely to help.

The wrestling match scenes in this book are gripping, but the book is about a lot more than just sports training and competition. It’s also about Mikayla and Lev’s sometimes complicated relationships with their families and their friends at school. And it’s about their growing friendship with each other. It’s a very enjoyable read for wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike.

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: Takedown

  1. I just read another book with wrestling driving the plot, Boy Bites Bug. I’ll have to read this one to compare. I enjoy when sports other than the more typical ones like football or basketball are featured. Thanks for the enticing review.

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    1. I liked this one better than Boy Bites Bug, but I will be curious to hear what you think. My favorite sports books are baseball books, so I was surprised how much I liked this one about a sport I’ve never followed.

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