Friday, March 30, 2018

Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher - ESSENTIAL

Asher, Diana Harmon Sidetracked, 233 pages. Amulet, 2017. $17. Content: Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.

Joseph has ADD, but when his resource teacher tells him to try out for track, he gives it a go.  Track is hard and Joseph struggles, but he meets some new friends and learns that he can do hard things.  Joseph’s seventy-nine year old grandfather also has to move in with Jospeh's family and his relationship with Joseph is sweet and entertaining.  

I enjoyed this book.  Joseph is a good kid who is easily distracted but is kind and wants to succeed.  He has to navigate through middle school and the different personalities there.  As far as mature content, Joseph checks out a health book and it lists different health problems including the term sexually transmitted diseases.  It doesn’t go further than listing it, but I thought it is worth noting.  Violence is bullying, pushing and a punch.   

EL – ADVISABLE.  MS – ESSENTIAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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