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Pinned (Junior Library Guild Selection (Listen & Live Audio))

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Pinned follows Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane, two high school seniors, as they embark on the most important winter of their lives in a quest for the New Jersey state high school wrestling championship. Ivan Korske is the pride of Lennings, a rural town tucked away in the farmlands of western Jersey, and the odds-on favorite to be crowned state champion in the 129-pound weight ...more
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Published March 1st 2005 by Listen & Live Audio (first published February 7th 2005)
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Jan 12, 2013 Grace rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens

Okay, forget that. Disappointed doesn't even cover it. If I ever got the chance to meet the author, I'd say, "Really? You just had to end the book like that, didn't you? Leaving the reader hanging like that?"

Although I'll admit that I'm not too big on reading sports (particularly wresting) stories, I thought this was a pretty good book. It shows the determination of an athlete and how competitive sports are, no matter what level you're at. You'll do anything to win the game
Bailey Balistreire
I think this book was very good one of my favorite books now. The main reason why I liked this book is because wrestling is my favorite sport. I know how hard a person has to work to get to the next step in wrestling. Ivan Korske is the main character in this book. He is working on getting to the state wrestling tournament for his last year in high school. Ivan is like most wrestlers that want to go to the state tournament. That means you have to work more then any other person on your team and ...more

Okay, enough all caps. But seriously, I am mad. I was gifted this audiobook by SYNC during the summer. It isn't a story subject I would normally find interesting nor would I choose to spend my time reading/listening to, but it was free and I did find it interesting. The character conflicts are what kept me in this book. So, I should be happy, right? I mean, I got to see the characters grow, overcome their difficulties, and make it to the thing they'd both focused o
In the book Pinned, by Alfred Martino, senior Ivan Korske and senior Bobby Zane, are both wrestlers in the state of New Jersey, fighting for a state championship. Ivan lives on a farm with his widowed father, and doesn't have a lot of friends, his focus is wrestling and wrestling only. Bobby lives in a more developed part of the state, his parents are wealthy and his brother is a low-life. He has a relationship with a girl named Carmelina, but he doesn't let her get in the way of his race to a c ...more
Sam Harrison
One of my favorite book. I liked how the author actually wrestled. I am a wrestler and I have to say I felt like I was on the mat during some parts. I could relate to what they had to do. It was almost like I was one of the characters. This story show how hard wrestlers work. Not only was it a story about The hard work Ivan Korske & Bobby Zane put in but their lives of the mat. If your a wrestler you would appreciate this book. I would read it. HOWEVER, the book left you hanging. Hanging so ...more
I accidentally read this book.

Is that possible?
Why yes it is.
Here's how it happened: I picked it up off of my ENG 420 class bookshelf to just complete an assignment to "get a feel for YA literature." I scoffed at this book because it's about high school wrestling. It's a BOY BOOK. Sure to be un-engaging and dull for me, a twenty-something undergrad who doesn't like wrestling. Well, I read the first few pages right there in class and was too intrigued to just put it back on the shelf and mov
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Geo Sanchez
Wrestling isn't just a sport for Bobby and Ivan It's a way of life. From the midnight runs to what they would do to cut weight. Wrestling is all they think about during the winter sports season.They Both compete in the same weight class 129-pound, and both refuse to let anything stand in the way of the state championship title. Each chapter takes the reader through both Bobby's and Ivan's journeys to the state championship.
Bobby's school wrestling team is known throughout New Jersey for its winn
If you're putting together a required list for HS wrestlers, this should be on it. Martino alternates his story between Bobby (Italian, well-off, family troubles) and Ivan (Polish, poor, family troubles) as they struggle on their separate paths to the New Jersey State Championship meet. There's plenty of wrestling lingo and several matches, which is where the book shines. The non-wrestling portions of the story need much tightening up.

Unfortunately, "Pinned" doesn't go beyond YA-Problem novel t
Here's another book for Battle of the Books read. It's about two high school seniors both living in New Jersey as they go through their wrestling seasons with the goal of being state champion.

I did like that the point-of-view switched each chapter to see life during this same period from two different perspectives. One is from a poorer, immigrant family and at a school with a team that is used to losing. He's also still dealing with the recent death of his mother. The other is from a richer sett
Ms. Littell
Another read for Battle of the Books completed. Books about sports are not typically my thing, but I liked the approach that this book took with it. It is about two guys who come from two different backgrounds but both in New Jersey and desiring to win the state championship for wrestling. While I could not relate as well to these characters because I'm not very competitive by nature, the shifting point-of-view allowed me to enter each boy's world to better understand where he was coming from. I ...more
This is an wonderful book if you would like to read about two teenage boys pursuing their dreams through wrestling. This book happens all over New Jersey as Bobby and Ivan wrestle to try to be state champion match winner which is in Jadwin high school. This is a realistic fiction sports book that is very good. Bobby is a high school senior on the wrestling team with his parents getting a divorce and has a little brother. Ivan is a high school senior on a different wrestling team with his mom dea ...more
This book is about two high school boys who wrestle for their school and they are both really good at it and they both want to go to state. their names are Ivan and Bobby, they both tried really hard at wrestling. they fasted to get to their desired weight class.they stayed up all night trying to lose weight. they both had girlfriends and they sometimes interfered with wrestling. one day bobby and someone else were practicing and the other guy was making bobby mad and he snapped. bobby punched h ...more
Christian Kare
I think this book was a great read for me because I face the same challenges. As a high school athlete it is hard to not get distracted. This shows how two high school boys face this distractions and still have the drive to be sucessful.
Good read for high school level wrestler

Many many grammatical errors throughout the book but still a worthwhile read . The obvious errors made it a little rough to stay focused st times.
Jeff Reed
I would like to say that I loved the book. Throughout the whole story Ivan's attitude is what I think sparked the story. His recklessness got to me a little bit, but being that good in wrestling? Who wouldn't want to be him. Bobby's side of the story I think was a little weak, but he grew over the course of the book. I'll even be a little scared if the most agressive person in the state dropped down to my weight class. They both went through the hardships of cutting weight, which is the hardest ...more
Skyler Butts
My good read was Pinned
It was about two team captain wrestler named Bobby Zane and Ivan Korske that are trying to become state champions, but they have to go through painful things. Bobby Zane is team captain of Millburn high school. He has a girlfriend that thinks that gets pregnant. Ivan Korske is team captain of a team that has been losing for four seasons, and his mother died. He wants to get out of his town, and go to Arizona college to become a wrestler. Along the way he almost kills one o
good sports read. two high school wrestlers from very different homes and backgrounds, in different towns, will end up facing each other non the spoiler there, you know it's inevitable from the beginning of the book. its what happens between the beginning and when they meet that makes up the story - how they wrestle, not just on the mat, but in their own lives, and with all the things that life has a way of throwing at people.
i didn't understnad all the wrestling jargon, but still enjo
Camden Cummings
If you like sports books than this is a book for you. It's one of those books that makes you want to keep reading. It start out as twoyoung men in high school. One is from a rich family and his schools wrestling team is very good and the boy is from a very poor family and his mom also just died. Through the story both boys experiance hardships and the trouble of wrestling at a high school varsity level. At the end of the book the two boys wrestle against each other in the state finals tounament. ...more
The book was decent. It was kind of stale and drug out at points. And i think the author didnt really let you bond with the charecters. The plot was average. I think it woul be incredibly challenging for someone with no wrestling backround or concept to understand a large portion of the book. I think that the end was very unsatisfying, becous the entire book builds the suspense and pressure and then it seems as if there is no real climax. The book ends with a cliffhanger wich is ok in some cases ...more
Well this book was a interesting sports book I read so far. This book was about two wrestlers who had to battle their way up the become a state champion along with some issues going on in their lives on the side. This book taught me some things along the way as I was reading. I really felt connected to both of the wrestlers and what they were going through. But what really got me was at the end of the story, spoiler alert. The author didn't end up telling who is going to win along each other.
Matthew Lepak
This book had a great beginning when it starts out when two of New Jersey's best wrestlers compete in wrestling tournaments. These two wrestlers names are Bobby and Ivan and they both have a goal and that is get frist place in states. But the bad part of the book is the ending. The ending is a cliff hanger. But I am not going to tell why it has a cliff hanger ending.
Austin Lawson
The book Pinned by Alfred C. Martino is a compelling story of will and determination about two high school wrestlers. The theme of this story is never give up. The setting is in a town in Minnesota. These two young men train for the whole year up until there match in the state championship; being tied for the first seat, this match will determine the best.
I did not expect to like this book before I read it. I kept putting it aside and reading others. When I finally got to it, I enjoyed it a lot. I didn't feel as though I were just reading about sports, which was my assumption before hand. I cared about the characters and their lives.
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I wasn't sure I was going to like this book to begin with, but was quickly sucked into the story. It's hard to imagine what wrestlers go through, even when you've seen some of it yourself like I have. This was a great realistic story with dynamic characters.
Tyler Hoffman
This was one of the Best books ive ever read. It accurately captures the physical and emotional demands of this sport. Explains the intensity necessary to be champion. It explains all the preparation and training to make it to the top. Very good book.
I listened to the audiobook in honor of the Olympics. I really enjoyed the story line. It reminded me of the movie Visionquest. However, I hated the ending. HATED! I really wish the author didn't end the book like he did. But overall a very good book.
This is not a genre I usually enjoy, but I did. It was a good, well written book. I was invested in the characters, in the ending. And tha is when i grew frustrated. I was so thoroughly disappointed by the way the book ended.
I really liked this book and was wondering how the final event would turn out....not what I was expecting at all. I would have rated this higher but I felt the ending was a very big let down!
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