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Pinned - Sharon G. Flake

Citation: Flake, S. (2012). Pinned. New York: Scholastic Press.


Annotation: 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, Takedown explores issues of self-discovery, friendship, and what it means to be different.


Author's Information: Sharon G. Flake exploded onto the literary scene with her novel The Skin I'm In, in 1998, and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Since then she has become a multiple Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award winner and has been hailed as the voice of middle-grade youth and a Rising Star by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Many of Sharon’s novels have received ALA Notable and Best Books for Young Adults citations from the American Library Association. Her writing has been applauded for its on-point narrative that explores issues affecting teens from all walks of life. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.




  • Novel selected for Viacom’s Get Schooled National Summer Reading Book Club (1,100 middle schools and high schools to participate.)
  • Outstanding Book of the Year, Detroit Public Library
  • Florida Teen Reads List (i.e.: novel placed on the state’s suggested reading list)


  • Best Books of Year for Kirkus Reviews
  • Starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Horn Book
  • NAACP Image Award Nominee
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices (CCBC) Best Books of the Year List
  • Capital Choices Noteworthy Titles for Teens
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Kansas City Reading Circle

Reading Level: Grades 5-9

Genre: Young Adult