Sidetracked (Hardcover)

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Joseph might as well walk around wearing a target, there’s so much material for bullies. He’s ADD. Small and skinny. Clumsy. Distracted. Phobic. Also, Jewish. He starts seventh grade with very low expectations, but two things begin to rock his world. His Resource Room teacher convinces him to join the school’s new track team (he’s a terrible runner, but begins to challenge himself), and a new kid – a very athletic, confident girl, also something of a misfit, befriends him (and punches his nemesis in the face!). Joseph’s voice is authentic, funny, and moving; you’ll love hanging out with him.


— From Banna's New Recs

About the Author

Diana Harmon Asher is the mother of three sons and is deeply immersed in reading and writing programs at the nonprofit organization the Children’s Village and at Blythdale Children’s Hospital, both in Westchester, New York. This is her debut novel.

Praise For…

"Joseph's first-person voice is fresh and authentic, and his character arc is immensely satisfying."

— Kirkus

"The characters in Asher’s debut novel are likable and approachable, and the story is absorbing and moves quickly. Readers will root for Joseph and his new teammates."

— School Library Journal

"They come to count on each other as they race for the same goal: doing their personal best...natural-sounding narrative with a good amount of humor."

— The Horn Book

"An entertaining mix of events, conversations, anxieties, and reflections, Joseph’s first-person narrative engages readers on page one and never lets up...Justice is sweet when bullies get their comeuppance in this rewarding first novel."

— Booklist

"Asher is honest about the ways in which Joseph’s condition sometimes affects his performance at school, but she’s also attentive to how his sensitivities enable him to experience his environment—the feel of the squishy new track surface, the air rushing past him when he runs, the colors of the woods along the course."

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419726019
ISBN-10: 1419726013
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English

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