Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities. Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common-they're each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school's most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can't walk or dance. But he's a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal. In time, Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love. Told in alternating voices, Pinned explores issues of self-discovery, friendship, and what it means to be different.
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"Bahni Turpin's buoyant, enthusiastic portrayal of Autumn--the only girl on her high school wrestling team, and its star--stands in sharp contrast to Dominic Hoffman's steely formality as the overachieving Adonis, the wrestling team's manager. Adonis was born without legs and is confined to a wheelchair. In tone and pacing, Turpin captures the energetic Autumn's triumphs at sports and cooking and her struggles with reading, as well as her poignant romantic attachment to Adonis, whom Hoffman portrays with aloof perfection. Together, the narrators dramatize the motivations of two African-American teens who anchor a satisfying story. S.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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