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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 wi...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Told from alternative viewpoints, Sharon Flake’s new novel explores the relationship between high school students Adonis and Autumn. Due to a birth defect, Adonis was born without legs and is wheelchair-bound. He compensates for his physical disabilities by striving for academic perfection; he is much more interested in receiving praise and admiration from his teachers than forming relationships with his peers. On the other end of the spectrum is Autumn, a weak student with an enormous personali...more
Sharon G. Flake's "Pinned" has so much heart and authentic voices behind it, and I think that's one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading it as much as I did. Taking perspectives of two teens who struggle with their respective limitations and rounding them out in an environment where they cross and collide with their challenges is something I applaud in any young adult book - and Flake does it well for the most part. The book toggles between Autumn, a talented female wrestler who struggles with r...more
Erin Forson
by Sharon Flake
3 Scribbles
To be released October 1, 2012. Thank you to NetGALLEY for providing the ARC to review!
Autumn is a superb wrestler who struggles with reading and school in general, a problem which may prevent her from competing in the state wrestling championship. Adonis was born without legs, and an extraordinarily high intelligence who struggles with nothing except his humility. In the simple, truncated voice of Autumn, and the precise, smug voice of Adonis, the reader quickly...more
Medeia Sharif
Adonis is in a wheelchair because he was born without legs. Extraordinarily confident and bright, he works hard and has big dreams. With his aspirations, he wants the best for himself. The best doesn’t include a girl named Autumn.

Autumn is gifted in wrestling. She’s a champion in that field, able to win against boys and maintain a strong physique, but she has a weakness. She can’t read well and struggles with her grades as a result. Also, she pines for Adonis, who doesn’t want her. He’s aware sh...more
Sally Kruger
In PINNED two incredibly competitive people headed in totally different directions find themselves meeting in the middle.

Autumn is the lone girl on her high school wrestling team. She is very good and has a chance to go all the way to the state competition. Autumn's strength may be wrestling, but her weakness is school. Her parents are suddenly concerned about her dropping grades in math and her below average reading level. They have pulled her from the team until she brings up her grades.

Marisa Slusarcyk
Dec 04, 2013 Marisa Slusarcyk rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: students, especially kids who are deemed "bullies", great for book clubs
Recommended to Marisa by: Publisher
I really enjoyed the idea behind this story and even some of the moments in the story where kids with disabilities come together and create clubs and play games and what not. However, I didn’t care much for the book overall. I found that the story bounced around quite a bit, even within a chapter. Each chapter is narrated by one of the two main characters, Autumn or Adonis and at one second you believe they hate each other and the next second their stance has completely changed.
Maybe this is wr...more
Mrs. S
I picked this one up after reading a review and praise for the cover at Bookshelves of Doom. For serious, though, the cover: not one but TWO characters depicted with FACES and everything, both African-American teenagers, one a girl, one in a wheelchair. For that reason alone, I plunked down the ol' Visa. (It's called voting with your dollars, folks: if you have the money to buy books, you gotta buy the books you ask for when the publishers put them out. A non-white-washed, non-hidden-disability,...more
Wow. I love Sharon Flake, not just because she is from Pittsburgh, like me, but that is cool, but because she is just such an excellent writer. I couldn't wait to read Pinned and I was not disappointed. What a wonderful, inspiring, at times, heart-breaking novel.

Autumn and Adonis are very different, but alike in many ways. They both have a disability to live with: Adonis was born without legs and Autumn has extreme difficulty with reading and math. Autumn is in love with Adonis, but Adonis is s...more
Autumn is the only female wrestler on her high school team. Adonis is the smartest boy in school. Where Autumn is vivacious and outgoing, Adonis is shy and guarded. The two have nothing in common on the surface, but they each have a disability they’re dealing with. For Adonis, it’s on the outside: he has no legs and is confined to a wheelchair. Autumn’s disability is much more hidden: she can’t read very well, and each day is a struggle. Despite their differences and Adonis’s reluctance to have...more
Christy Rosso
Christy Rosso
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Flake, S. (2012). Pinned. New York: Listening Library.
Format: Audiobook
Selection process: NoveList

Ninth-grade students Autumn and Adonis have disabilities and high achievement in common. Autumn has learning disabilities and struggles with reading, while Adonis, who was born without legs, is confined to a wheelchair. Yet each has achieved excellence. Autumn is an accomplished female wrestler on an all-boys’ team. Adonis is...more
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Taylor Timmons
The book Pinned is about a girl named Autumn. Autumn was on her schools wrestling team. Wrestling was her life, she loved to be on the mat. She had a crush on a boy in her class name Adonis. Autumn and Adonis had absolutely nothing in common. The only thing they came close to having in common with each other was that they both loved wrestling. Adonis was paralyzed, born without legs. Autumn has everyone’s attention. She’s popular at school because she’s the only girl on the wrestling team and sh...more
Ms. Yingling
Autumn struggles in school but does a great job on her middle school wrestling team. She has an enormous crush on Adonis, who is very academically gifted, the manager of the wrestling team, and in a wheel chair because of a birth defect that resulted in his lack of legs. Autumn's biggest academic struggle is her poor reading skills, which result in her dislike of reading of any kind. She makes some attempts at improving, mainly so that she can stay on the wrestling team and impress Adonis, who f...more
Told from two points of view.

Autumn is a female wrestler who like to focus on the next match. That way she can forget that her teachers and parents are always urging her to try to read better. Her parents can barely read themselves so ever time they try to read as a group it is a contest to see who gets frustrated and gives up first. She in head over heels in love with Adonis. Who doesn't share her affection.

Adonis can't stand Autumn. He thinks she's stupid and if it weren't for her hard work o...more
*2.5 stars*
This is my first Sharon Flake novel, and I really appreciated her voices - that her two POV characters were very distinct and different, and you could hear immediately who was speaking. I liked that Adonis, the one missing his legs, was not treated differently or looked down on or ignored for his disability, but was instead praised for his brains, his drive and work ethic, and that his 'disability,' the thing that really held him back, was actually his arrogance rather than any physic...more
Autumn loves three things: wrestling, cooking, and Adonis Miller. She is an excellent wrestler and has many wins under her belt. Her cooking is divine. Adonis is a sticking point. Adonis is handsome, brilliant, well-mannered, well-dressed, well-read, and absolutely not interested in Autumn. Autumn practically stalks him through ninth grade, always speaking her mind, asking personal questions about his disability and how it feels to live without legs. She keeps telling him she loves him, follows...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. I like the idea of the story, and I like the characters. But I found the fact that Autumn's point of view was written in colloquial distracting. I had to re-read some of her sentences so I could figure out what she was saying. I also found Adonis both lovable and annoying all at once. I hated how mean he was to Autumn, but at the same time, I remember a lot of people acting that way in high school so it's very realistic. Another thing that bothered me about...more
Ms. Charlton
This is a book that leaves me torn in so many ways.

I want to tear out about half the book and I want to frame the other half for the beauty of it. Autumn's inner-strength and strong personality carried me through the book, while I agonizingly moved through the story told through Adonis' perspective.

As a reader, I felt like I was on the wrestling mat as Autumn often described in the story - facing an opponent on the mat while circling around in anticipation of the first move. As a reader, I kept...more
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This reminded me of an more mature, more diversified, PC version of the book Flipped (but without the funny charm). I seem to be a real sucker for these "he said, she said" type books where the chapters alternate between the male and female perspectives. I really liked the characters and I think that this is a story that will appeal to so many teens as it deals with relate-able issues like dealing with self-acceptance and believing in yourself while at the same time actually making yourself do t...more
Lola Karns
I heard a lot buzz about this book when it first came out. The concept is strikingly different than the paranormal light edge so many YA books have. The heroine, Autumn, is a wrestler, but in her mind, sexism is not the key struggle she faces. She wants the hero, the smartest boy in school who also happens to help with the wrestling team and is wheelchair bound, to notice her. Flake alternates between Autumn and Apollo's points of view, so we see how Apollo admires her physical strength, but dev...more
Harry Brake
This text reminded me of a book ages ago, called Criss Cross, where different points of view literally criss cross. I have to admit, I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. Maybe because I am older, but I did not like the forced feeling that Autumn had of incomplete tense and it just seemed unnatural in the plot, hard to take in as being fluent with the overall story.

Yet, somewhere, it clicked. Autumn's plight was easy to connect with, Adonis' impeccable expectations of all ar...more
Nicole D
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake is a great book about two best friends that have many things in common but don’t have many things in common at the same time. The two main characters are Adonis who is very shy and loves to read and Autumn with is very outgoing, has lot of friends and is the schools best wrestler. They both are handicap, but in two different ways. Adonis is in a wheelchair because he has no legs and Autumn who has a learning disability. Adonis can’t do much movement but him and Autumn a...more
Autumn is a great wrestler with academic difficulties; Adonis is an extremely bright student in a wheelchair. They each have their own challenges to overcome,including biases and negative thinking. Adonis can't figure out why Autumn can't take the hint and leave him alone. And Autumn can't figure out why everything school-related is so easy for everyone else, but not for her. There are lessons to be learned on both sides of the story: the damage of negative self talk and the blindness of stereot...more
Mackenzie Bush
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake. Autumn is a out going girl. She has lots of friends! Adonis is shy. And not eager to connect with people. Autumn always try's to help Adonis. When if he is getting off the handicap bus. Adonis does not want her to help him with anything. He does not like her and does not need her help. Autumn is trying to help Adonis get on the bus. In the middle of the school year. Autumn and Adonis became boy friend and girl friend. They became in love, and love each other. Autumn ki...more
Liked many things about this audiobook: Bahni Turpin's excellent voicing of Autumn; her ability to not only accurately reflect Autumn's class and ethnicity, but also to capture Autumn's struggle to make positive choices off the wrestling mat. Dominic Hoffman does an equally good job with pacing and inflection to allow listeners to hear and understand Adonis's arrogance and lack of empathy.

Narration aside, there were some things about the story that didn't connect. If Autumn struggled so much wit...more
What I liked most about this book was that the voices of the two main characters were distinct and full of character. Autumn in particular was fun to read because her style of speaking was expressed perfectly. I could hear the music in her voice.
What I liked least was the whole love story. It was very one-sided. Autumn seemed like a goofy fan-girl and Adonis seemed like an arrogant prick. (view spoiler)...more
Although the characters, especially Adonis, did not grab me until the very end, I think my middle school students might enjoy this story of identity and romance. Both Adonis and Autumn face challenges: he's academically gifted and articulate, but in a wheelchair, while she's a brilliant wrestler, a vivacious friend, and a skilled cook, but struggles with math and reading. Despite, or because of, Autumn's persistence, Adonis does not want any connection to a girl he perceives as imperfect. Howeve...more
I didn't know what to expect when I read Pinned, but I'm glad that I read it. It tells the story of Autumn, the only female wrestler on her school's team (and the star player at that), and Adonis, the smartest boy in school who also happens to be in a wheelchair.

The things that I liked about Pinned was the voice that Sharon Flake gave to both of the characters. Autumn, who struggles with reading and keeping good grades, speaks in a more casual slang way while Adonis who is well read, speakes in...more
Ian Wood
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove...more
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Sharon G. Flake is the author of five books, The Skin I'm In (1998), Money Hungry (2002), Begging for Change (2003), Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories About Boys and the Girls in Their Lives (2004), Bang! (Sept. 2005), and her latest novel The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (2007).

Her work is used in public and private schools around the nation, from elementary to high school, and...more
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