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The Foolproof Burglar alarm. The Sure Shot Paper Slinger. The Portable Fire Escape. Alvin Fernald invented them all. But even Alvin needs to think twice around the old Huntley place. It's like something out of a horror movie--especially because no one's seen Mrs. Huntley in days. Can Alvin and his inventions crack the case?

30 review for Taking Sides by Gary Soto [Audiobook]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cj Rittenhouse

    Taking sides is about a young Spanish boy named Lincoln Mendoza. Lincoln is in the eigth grade at Franklin Junior high in the barrio of San Fransico. After his house gets broken into Lincoln's mother decides to move to the white suburbs in Sycamore because their is less crimee. He leaves everything behind in the barrio including his friends. Lincoln was the star player at Franklin Junior high until he moved. His new coach treats him unfairly. Lincoln is now suffereing from a hurt knee, being hom Taking sides is about a young Spanish boy named Lincoln Mendoza. Lincoln is in the eigth grade at Franklin Junior high in the barrio of San Fransico. After his house gets broken into Lincoln's mother decides to move to the white suburbs in Sycamore because their is less crimee. He leaves everything behind in the barrio including his friends. Lincoln was the star player at Franklin Junior high until he moved. His new coach treats him unfairly. Lincoln is now suffereing from a hurt knee, being homesick, and being treated unfairly. Lincoln's coach benches him on the big night of the game between his old school and his new school. This forces Lincoln to figure out where he belongs and who he is.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Had Assay

    This book was so boring. I tried soon hard to get into it but I just could not. Throughout the whole time I was reading, I was waiting for SOMETHING to actually happen. Every time there was a "problem" it was resolved after about one chapter. Lots of left out information and some things were not explained thoroughly enough. All in all I DO NOT recommend this book. No plot, bad storyline and terrible characters. DO NOT READ!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shauny alliknowisgo Cook

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a kid named Lincoln who used to live in the city and played basketball for is old school and was loving his life until he moved to the suburbs because someone broke into is home and stole his television and his radio . So his mother got tired of her neighborhood so she moved from there . Lincoln hates his new school because he is mexican and there is no mexican people at the school . His mom got a new boyfriend named roy and he used to play for Lincoln's old school . But the d This book is about a kid named Lincoln who used to live in the city and played basketball for is old school and was loving his life until he moved to the suburbs because someone broke into is home and stole his television and his radio . So his mother got tired of her neighborhood so she moved from there . Lincoln hates his new school because he is mexican and there is no mexican people at the school . His mom got a new boyfriend named roy and he used to play for Lincoln's old school . But the day before his game he met a girl and played basketball with her and hurt his knee so he couldn't play in the game against his old school and he was the best player on his team so his team lost . Then the coach calls Lincoln over to him and grips him up and since Roy had already punched the coach out at a basketball game when they were Lincoln's age he stood up and said something to the coach and the coach ignored it . So Lincoln's old coach offered him to go out for pizza with his old team to celebrate their victory even tho Lincoln's old team didn't win the game he went with them since his mother and roy was going to take him out anyway.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    In taking sides what I liked was that lincoln ended up being in both sides after he didn't know which side to pick. What I disliked was that the sport was basketball. Lincoln was my favorite character because he's the main character and never gave up when his knee was injured. Easy because it didn't have many hard words and had Spanish words. To never give up cause he didn't give up on playing just because his knee was hurt. Coach cater reminds me of this book because they keep playing to win so In taking sides what I liked was that lincoln ended up being in both sides after he didn't know which side to pick. What I disliked was that the sport was basketball. Lincoln was my favorite character because he's the main character and never gave up when his knee was injured. Easy because it didn't have many hard words and had Spanish words. To never give up cause he didn't give up on playing just because his knee was hurt. Coach cater reminds me of this book because they keep playing to win something out of it like Lincoln did when he was going up against his old school franklin.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Venu

    Taking sides is a book about a boy named Lincoln who once lived in a bad neighborhood. He later moves out of that bad neighborhood into a rich neighborhood. Lincoln lives with his Mom, his step father, and his dog Flaco. His dog was given as a gift by his dad. The climax of the story is when his new school plays his old school in a basketball game. Lincoln is really into basketball. Throughout the story Lincoln goes through the struggles of being the only Hispanic in his white neighborhood he al Taking sides is a book about a boy named Lincoln who once lived in a bad neighborhood. He later moves out of that bad neighborhood into a rich neighborhood. Lincoln lives with his Mom, his step father, and his dog Flaco. His dog was given as a gift by his dad. The climax of the story is when his new school plays his old school in a basketball game. Lincoln is really into basketball. Throughout the story Lincoln goes through the struggles of being the only Hispanic in his white neighborhood he also goes through the struggles of being new to the school. My favorite character in this story is Lincoln because he is really good at dealing with stuff under pressure for example when he was hurt and somebody broke into his house he was very calm and tried to fight the intruder. The characters felt very real to me. The story was very predictable throughout the whole story I knew what was going to happen next. My favorite part of the book is when Lincoln's house gets broken into and Lincoln has the courage to get out of bed and try to fight the intruder. I felt like some parts of this story were not written well when the mood was sad the author would put something funny in, and it doesn't go with the mood. At the end of the story is was very relieving for the reader. At the beginning of the story the book is very boring but when you get past the the beginning it is very interesting and you want to keep on reading the book. I did not like the end because it wasn't complete, the ending was worse than a cliff hanger. Another thing I did not like about this story is that it is very short and the story feels kind of rushed. The climax is at the end of the story and the climax is short and the details are very descriptive. All in all I liked this book, I wish it was longer but it was a very entertaining book. I would rate this book a 3 out of 5. The people that would enjoy this book are people who like sports books and realistic fiction book. This is a very good novel written by Gary Soto.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Hull

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was probably the best book I've ever read. It is so good with the descriptions and the feeling. As well of the dialogue. Then having a guy break in his house, with a girl he liked, but couldn't tell. Having a hurt foot, coach being mean about it. Then having to play against his own team. Brilliant. This book is way more than a 5-star rating.

  7. 4 out of 5

    America Saenz

    Lincoln Mendoza is an eighth grade Hispanic boy who used to play basketball for his old school, Franklin Junior High. His Latino populated neighborhood and his school were not one of the best ones out there, as it was very poor and filled with many crimes. One day, Lincoln's house is broken into and him and his mom move into a neighborhood of white people, where the everything is much nicer and there is much less crimes. He makes new friends at his new school, Columbus. One day, he injures himse Lincoln Mendoza is an eighth grade Hispanic boy who used to play basketball for his old school, Franklin Junior High. His Latino populated neighborhood and his school were not one of the best ones out there, as it was very poor and filled with many crimes. One day, Lincoln's house is broken into and him and his mom move into a neighborhood of white people, where the everything is much nicer and there is much less crimes. He makes new friends at his new school, Columbus. One day, he injures himself and cannot play against his old school. All the time he is out and not playing basketball makes him homesick and he misses his friends, his school, and everything. He begins to reflect upon himself and if he is still loyal to his buddies at home, and true to his true Mexican self. This book is great, especially for those of Mexican heritage. It makes you really connect with the protagonist of the book, even if your heritage isn't Mexican because it is about staying true to who you are. I would recommend it to those who like stories they can connect to in several ways. By reading a story about something that can happen on real life, one can unlock the meaning and message behind it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

    The main characters in my book is Lincoln Mendoza, he is Mexican and like to play basketball he's the all-star of his team. Lincoln had moved schools due to someone breaking into his house so they moved out of the barrio. Him and his mom and dog had moved to a more decent neighborhood where Lincolns friends thought it was rich people and white people. His friends said that Lincoln was changing a lot since he moved from the barrio and from schools but Lincoln did not agree with it because he said The main characters in my book is Lincoln Mendoza, he is Mexican and like to play basketball he's the all-star of his team. Lincoln had moved schools due to someone breaking into his house so they moved out of the barrio. Him and his mom and dog had moved to a more decent neighborhood where Lincolns friends thought it was rich people and white people. His friends said that Lincoln was changing a lot since he moved from the barrio and from schools but Lincoln did not agree with it because he said that even though he moved to a different neighborhood that doesn't mean that he had changed. The main conflict in the book is when Lincoln hurts his knee playing basketball with his crush (Monica) and he is worried that he won't be able to play against his old school. My personal reaction to my book was normal because I can connect to the way they talk and the things they do because me and my family get along like that. I personally rate this book with 5 stars and recommend anyone that can relate to this in any type of way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Terry Marzell

    Soto, Gary. Taking Sides. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, Inc. 1991. Target Audience: Ages 8-12. Reading Level: 5.7. When eighth-grader Lincoln Mendoza moves from the inner city to the suburbs, he is forced to adjust to a predominately white school filled with upper-middle class students. He must make a personal decision about loyalties divided between his “homies” and former basketball team-mates and his new school’s basketball team when the two schools are matched for an important league game. Thi Soto, Gary. Taking Sides. Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, Inc. 1991. Target Audience: Ages 8-12. Reading Level: 5.7. When eighth-grader Lincoln Mendoza moves from the inner city to the suburbs, he is forced to adjust to a predominately white school filled with upper-middle class students. He must make a personal decision about loyalties divided between his “homies” and former basketball team-mates and his new school’s basketball team when the two schools are matched for an important league game. This coming-of-age story with a Hispanic protagonist would appeal to boys interested in sports. I appreciated the inclusion of Spanish-language dialogue which lent an air of authenticity to the narrative. Tag: CSULB Class 5 MS Realistic Fiction.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Read this with my students for the past two years. No more. It is horribly boring. Students just glare at me whenever I tell them that we need to "get through this book". I don't disagree with them. The venacular is dated and the story plods along. Ugh. Never again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lexie Frensley

    I have many questions as to why this book was included in our 7th grade curriculum. It is better suited for 4-5th grade readers. The plot is very thin, but my students definitely enjoyed reading a book from a Latino boy's perspective.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Manrique

    Soto takes readers through the story of the harsh reality that young Lincoln is going through in his life. Lincoln is a shining star on the basketball court, he loves the game and playing with his best friends. Living in a violent and crime-bound neighborhood, Lincoln and his mother are always faced with the threat of someone breaking into their home, which has happened before. After their house has been broken into once again, Lincoln's mother decides it is time to move to a safer neighborhood, Soto takes readers through the story of the harsh reality that young Lincoln is going through in his life. Lincoln is a shining star on the basketball court, he loves the game and playing with his best friends. Living in a violent and crime-bound neighborhood, Lincoln and his mother are always faced with the threat of someone breaking into their home, which has happened before. After their house has been broken into once again, Lincoln's mother decides it is time to move to a safer neighborhood, unfortunately meaning Lincoln must attend a different school. Saddened by the move away from his team and friends, Lincoln must learn to adjust to his new school, especially if he wants to continue playing basketball. As if the moves wasn't enough Lincoln's new coach treats him unfairly, he injures his knee, and must deal with being the only Hispanic kid at an predominately white school. Lincoln is forced to go through finding himself in this new place, while still trying to keep his old home as a part of his life. This story is perfect for readers of this age level(middle-level to high school), as the story comes from the perspective of someone their age. This story can be relatable for readers who have experienced a move and being the new kid, and the struggles that come with that. Readers can also relate to the passion Lincoln feels towards his sport, especially since this is the age when sports become competitive and a big part of young adult's lives. Readers of the Hispanic decent can relate to this story the most, probably because of the fact that Lincoln is a Hispanic male that struggles with being the minority of his new school. I was really able to relate to Lincoln when it came to being so passionate about athletics, as I was and still am. I know what it is like to deal with adversity when all you want to do is play and be the best at what you are doing. Although I enjoyed the concept of this story, I felt that it dragged on too much, when it could have been resolved chapters prior. By making this book shorter and getting to the resolution faster, I believe it would make it easier for readers to read and enjoy. This book can be used in the classroom as a reader's theater, where students can pick characters and a scene from the book to be acted out in front of the class. This way emotions and perspectives of the characters can be understood better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Romo

    Taking Sides by Gary Soto is a very similar book to The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. Taking Sides is about Lincoln Mendoza, a Hispanic boy living in a very violent part of San Francisco, with frequent robberies and shootings. After their house is robbed, his mom takes it as the last straw and decides to move into a safer, white, neighborhood. Lincoln played basketball for Franklin Junior High School, but after the move he has to adjust to the new environment and his coach, whom h Taking Sides by Gary Soto is a very similar book to The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. Taking Sides is about Lincoln Mendoza, a Hispanic boy living in a very violent part of San Francisco, with frequent robberies and shootings. After their house is robbed, his mom takes it as the last straw and decides to move into a safer, white, neighborhood. Lincoln played basketball for Franklin Junior High School, but after the move he has to adjust to the new environment and his coach, whom highly dislikes Lincoln. He has a fight with his best friend Tony from his old neighborhood, and has trouble with girls and getting playing time on his basketball team. This book is very similar to The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian because like Lincoln, Junior from Part-Time Indian also moves school from harsh conditions, joins the basketball team, is not accepted by the white people, has a fight with his best friend and has issues with girls from the new school and in the end having to play his old team and friends. Readers that can relate to Hispanic culture, struggles with barrios and adjusting to new environments with many issues will truly feel connected. It would be hard for most to connect emotionally with the story if they have not had similar struggles or can not understand some common Spanish frases(phrases).

  14. 4 out of 5

    David Natiuk

    My son read this for 7th grade class assignment, but he told me he liked it and I was curious. It's a nice slice-of-life book about a high-schooler that comes from a challenging, poor, mexican-american upbringing but has recently moved to a nicer area with his mom. He is a basketball player, and is playing for his new school... but there is friction from the coach (racial?) and struggle in his own mind about belonging with this new crowd at all. The book is easy to read, well-targeted to a younge My son read this for 7th grade class assignment, but he told me he liked it and I was curious. It's a nice slice-of-life book about a high-schooler that comes from a challenging, poor, mexican-american upbringing but has recently moved to a nicer area with his mom. He is a basketball player, and is playing for his new school... but there is friction from the coach (racial?) and struggle in his own mind about belonging with this new crowd at all. The book is easy to read, well-targeted to a younger audience. It is a short book that doesn't get too much into descriptive text, but focuses on the story, thoughts and feelings of Lincoln, the main character. The book mixes in spanish phrases and life perspective in a conversational way, which I enjoyed. There is also definitions in the back if you wanted to look any terms up. I gave it four stars for what it is and who it targets - probably those in 6-8th grade somewhere. It's easy reading should appeal to kids who aren't already reading much bigger books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, etc. It does feel rather short, however, if you're used to a much more in-depth story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jalen

    Lincoln Mendoza is a star basketball player for Franklin Junior High in the barrio of San Francisco, but when his house is broken into, his mother decides they should move to a better neighborhood the prosperous white suburb of Sycamore ten miles away. Lincoln likes the change at first, but soon he begins to miss his old friends and school. There's more to Lincoln's plight than being homesick, though. He has a fight with Tony, his best friend from the barrio; his divorced mother has a white boyf Lincoln Mendoza is a star basketball player for Franklin Junior High in the barrio of San Francisco, but when his house is broken into, his mother decides they should move to a better neighborhood the prosperous white suburb of Sycamore ten miles away. Lincoln likes the change at first, but soon he begins to miss his old friends and school. There's more to Lincoln's plight than being homesick, though. He has a fight with Tony, his best friend from the barrio; his divorced mother has a white boyfriend whom Lincoln dislikes; his basketball coach doesn't like him; he hurts his knee; and his new house is broken into. What else can go wrong? Well, he has a fight with Monica, a girl from his new school whom he really likes, and his coach benches him for the big game between his new school and his old one. When the big game finally takes place, it forces Lincoln to figure out who he is and where he belongs. exposition- Lincoln is on the phone with Tony, talking about the bet they made. The bet was on a basketball game. And Lincoln got lucky and won the bet by a close game. rising action- Lincolns school has to play against Franklin, Lincoln's old school, and Lincoln is very anxious to play them. he doesn't know which side to take. if he pick Franklin high school he dont know how he is going to play and if he chose Columbus he doesn't want tony to be mad at him. climax - Lincoln hurts his knee and can't play against Franklin. he hurts his knee playing monica in a game of basketball. he leaped up in the air to block her shot and came down on if falling action - They're playing Franklin and coach calls outs Lincoln into the game and Franklin win. But Franklin didn't care because he wanted Franklin junior high to win. conflict- when Franklin junior high plays Columbus junior high and he doesn't know who he wants to win. but he ends up taking Franklin junior high side. He did it because he only really liked one person on Columbus high. resolution- lincoln picked franklin junior high his old school. he wished he was still going there because he didn't like his basketball coach. he always takled about how he wished he was still going to franklin junior high. setting- Taking Sides takes place in San Francisco around the late 1990s or early 2000s. We know this because the main character, Lincoln listens to the rapper Ice-T who began rapping in 1997. Moreover, the book states that Lincoln was listening to him on a cassette tape, which were popular around that time. Lincoln also lived in Mission District before he moved to Sycamore California. protagonist- The protagonist is Lincoln. It is lincoln because it is all about him picking which team he wants to represent and what team he wants to win. antagonist- Coach yatuis is the antagonist. He is because throughout the whole story him and Lincoln didn't get along at all. And he was always on Lincolns back and nobody liked him. Denouement- Franklin junior high beats Franklin junior high. they won by 13 points and Lincoln came in and closed the gap of the score. Secondary characters- Monica, yutius, tony, james, roy, flaco, vickey, beatrice

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Taking Sides is included in Jennifer Serravallo's Independent Reading Assessment kit. I read this book to become more familiar with a level S book. Linc Mendoza's story is one that will make students stop and think as they read his story of finding a way to "fit in" to a new school, a new neighborhood, and a new way of life after moving from the city to a suburban neighborhood in San Francisco. While his mom seems happier, Linc has a hard time knowing where he belongs until the basketball team i Taking Sides is included in Jennifer Serravallo's Independent Reading Assessment kit. I read this book to become more familiar with a level S book. Linc Mendoza's story is one that will make students stop and think as they read his story of finding a way to "fit in" to a new school, a new neighborhood, and a new way of life after moving from the city to a suburban neighborhood in San Francisco. While his mom seems happier, Linc has a hard time knowing where he belongs until the basketball team in his new school faces off against his old school. This book is a complex story with characters who are real, somewhat unpredictable, and make you think about what you would do if you were faced with taking sides.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    Lincoln goes to Franklin high. He moved from the Mission District of San Francisco, an urban barrio, to sycamore, a pleasant suburban town with tree-lined streets. Lincoln hurt his knee and doesn't want to play but the coach is making him play. I think this book was good because this actually happens to people. Yes I would recommend this book to other people because it could be a real life situation for people. On page 79 it says Coach " I hurt my knee, its pretty bad."Coach tucked the ball unde Lincoln goes to Franklin high. He moved from the Mission District of San Francisco, an urban barrio, to sycamore, a pleasant suburban town with tree-lined streets. Lincoln hurt his knee and doesn't want to play but the coach is making him play. I think this book was good because this actually happens to people. Yes I would recommend this book to other people because it could be a real life situation for people. On page 79 it says Coach " I hurt my knee, its pretty bad."Coach tucked the ball under his arm and commanded, "Get dressed. You don't have time to be hurt."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    This novel is a fast read. It is about boy named Lincoln and not being able to fit into an affluent school especially when his coach does not seem to like him due to his race. This novel is also about friendships, basketball, family and relationships.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    Easy read and good solid plot. Touches on racial and socioeconomic issues lightly, but well for a younger audience.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danial

    Cool, This iS like Real Life

  21. 4 out of 5

    Luis Espinoza

    I enjoyed it

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    The protagonist is not entirely likable, which is honest and good. Yet, this may be too dated for today’s adolescent reader.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monique Book Talk

    Did not like it

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian Garcia

    Good book

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ruben Pineda

    this book was alright

  26. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    This boon is horribly boring and a terrible fit for anyone looking for an exiting book I absolutely hated it and truthfully never read this book ever again it is terrible

  27. 4 out of 5

    James

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lincoln’s new school, his love for basketball, the bumps in his life and worrying about his upcoming game against his old school, is making him feel overwhelmed. The main character, Lincoln, has to face an extremely mean coach, a man breaking into their new house and moving from his old home. All of these issues make him more caring and brave.I think a very meaningful part of the book, was when Lincoln stood up against his coach and helped out an old man. This is more of a sports lovers book and Lincoln’s new school, his love for basketball, the bumps in his life and worrying about his upcoming game against his old school, is making him feel overwhelmed. The main character, Lincoln, has to face an extremely mean coach, a man breaking into their new house and moving from his old home. All of these issues make him more caring and brave.I think a very meaningful part of the book, was when Lincoln stood up against his coach and helped out an old man. This is more of a sports lovers book and is partly in Spanish. It was hard for me to fully understand what was going on because of the Spanish. At the back of the book there was a Spanish dictionary and I had to look up words if I was confused. This book is geared to mostly 8 and 9 year olds because the reading level is appropriate for that age and the topic would also be an interesting for them. I think this book was very realistic because in the beginning, it seems like it would be a regular, normal middle school life. When I first saw this book I thought it was going to be choosing something over Another but it is whey more then that. My favorite character is James because he has the same name as me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Chow

    Taking Sides Sandpiper, 2003, 176 pp. Gary Soto ISBN: 0152046941 Being a student and going to school in a average neighborhood isn't as easy as it thinks. Manyy may think living in a average neighborhood it will be easier to interact with others, but many crimes and problems within the community seems to happen. Lincoln is a typical student, who lives in a considered average neighborhood but recenty moved to a more wealthier neighborhood, and trying to fit in isn't easy at all to him. Lincoln Taking Sides Sandpiper, 2003, 176 pp. Gary Soto ISBN: 0152046941 Being a student and going to school in a average neighborhood isn't as easy as it thinks. Manyy may think living in a average neighborhood it will be easier to interact with others, but many crimes and problems within the community seems to happen. Lincoln is a typical student, who lives in a considered average neighborhood but recenty moved to a more wealthier neighborhood, and trying to fit in isn't easy at all to him. Lincoln and his mother originally lived in a average neighborhood but because someone broke into their house once, his mother starts to believe that the neighborhood they are were living in wasn't that safe and decided to move to a more wealthier neighbood with a population of mostly Whites. Lincoln is a great basketball player and is still trying to fit in his new school. He did got into his school's basketball team. Lincoln does like his new neighborhood better because he finds peace and silence here, but also misses his friends. But one day, he finds out that his school with be playing against his old school in a basketball game. This news is quite a shock for Lincoln, because he really don't know how to play against his friends and because his new school is with the wealthier people, he worries of what his new groupmates will think about his old friends. Will Gary continue to have a good friendship with his old friends? How will Gary play? What will Gary's old friends think of him? While reading this story, I had a variety of feelings running through me. I felt like I was in Gary's shoes, I can experience what he faces in school, and the sense that he is struggling to fit into the new neighborhood. In addition, I can feel how Gary is feeling about the fact that he will have to play against his friends for the upcoming basketball game. This book is good and I'll like to recommend it to teenagers. This is because this book is about teenagers and it may be easily connected to their lives. This book had a unique and interesting plot and many surprises. There is a lot of imagery shown, which helps the reader create images of the scenes described in the book. This book can also relate to teens who like to play basketball, and it is definitely a good book to read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annalisa M

    Taking Sides By: Gary Soto Do you love basketball?? Well Taking Sides is the book for you! You wouldn't think that a teen age boy would have so many problems. Lincoln goes through a lot of ups and downs, through out this book! One really big problem is that he has to choose between losing his best friend ever or playing basketball! Taking sides starts off in a town where people get robbed all the time. Lincoln moved to get away from all the robbers. Then the story goes to his new home town. The bo Taking Sides By: Gary Soto Do you love basketball?? Well Taking Sides is the book for you! You wouldn't think that a teen age boy would have so many problems. Lincoln goes through a lot of ups and downs, through out this book! One really big problem is that he has to choose between losing his best friend ever or playing basketball! Taking sides starts off in a town where people get robbed all the time. Lincoln moved to get away from all the robbers. Then the story goes to his new home town. The book also takes place in lincolns new Fraklin. There is three major characters in this book. There is Lincoln, Flaco, and Monica. Taking sides is about how Lincoln has to choose if he is going to play against his old school in basketball. On the way he meets two very important people. Lincoln's best friend Tony and the girl he likes, Monica. But, Tony also likes Monica so Lincoln and Tony fight over her a lot. Then one day he was just playing basketball with Monica and, then BAM! Lincoln hurt his knee trying to keep the ball away from Monica. Lincoln didn’t want to go to the doctor because he was scared as as a dog when a story comes. Tony was worried that Lincoln couldn't play against his old team now. But, it heals!! Lincoln was ready to play against his old team, but he was worried that he would lose his friends. He was having second thoughts about play them. Tony came in and talked him into playing them. Taking Sides made me feel so curious! It makes you wish you could read super fast, so you can see what happens next. Some parts of the book just make you feel extreme sorrow for him. Most of the time you have a huge smile on your face because this book is hilarious! This book has a splash of almost every emotion. It's sad, hilarous, and makes you want to read on. I would feel scared for Lincoln to be in a new school and have no friends or know where anything is. I could just imagine how hard it would be to live his life! I would totally recommend this book for other kids! Could you imagine having to move and have no friends at all?? Well that is how Lincoln felt. Once you read this book you will experince what Lincoln had to go through. Read this book to experince what Lincoln felt! Annalisa M. Mannhiem Middle School

  30. 5 out of 5

    Damaris C

    This book is great for teens and other ages because it shows the challenges they have to go through. This book is about a boy named Lincoln who likes to play basketball, but now he lives in a new neighborhood. Lincoln missed a lot a of his friends, now that he goes to a new school. He met a lot of friends and now that he met a girl named Monica he spends more time with her. When he asked Monica if she wanted to play basketball, she said yes. When they got to the basketball court they started pla This book is great for teens and other ages because it shows the challenges they have to go through. This book is about a boy named Lincoln who likes to play basketball, but now he lives in a new neighborhood. Lincoln missed a lot a of his friends, now that he goes to a new school. He met a lot of friends and now that he met a girl named Monica he spends more time with her. When he asked Monica if she wanted to play basketball, she said yes. When they got to the basketball court they started playing. Lincoln fell and hurt his knee. Now he is scared that he will not get to play. He is struggling to walk and play. His coach got mad because he is not going to play. My favorite part of the book is when they broke in Lincoln’s house, and Lincoln saw that it was a man with a black mask, Lincoln panicked and he took a coffee cup and threw it at the man. But I was glad they didn’t steal anything from his house. Lincoln's mother thought he was very brave. I think he was brave too because sometimes people would only wait till the police come. I wouldn’t do this because I'm not that brave! I felt sad when Lincolns mom said that her boyfriend was going have dinner with them, but Lincoln felt sad and mad because his dad was working somewhere else and he no longer lived in the house. I have a connection like this because when my cousin was little she only lived with her mom, until her mom met with someone else. And now her dad lives far away and she lives far away but they see each other every weekend. I recommend this book because some people like basketball and this book a little bit of basketball. I think this book is nice because there is sometimes problems that Lincoln needs to face, and people think he is strong as lion. I think this is a awesome book!

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