"Maybe the rules change when you grow up. Maybe there are times when you can quit, for a while at least. But I don't think you should be allowed to quit on people. And nobody should be allowed to quit on Heather."
Someone love me as much as Joseph loves Heather please.
Joseph and Heather were just so good for each other and the story in general. They grew up so well and the character development was amazing and so clearly seen ...more
Joseph Friedman is officially diagnosed with ADD, which doesn't necessarily mean that he can't concentrate on things. He can concentrate all right - just on the wrong things. Between his phobias and quirks, he isn't high on the social ladder at school. He never wins anything, is constantly humiliated in gym class, and only feels like himself in the resource room. This changes when, on the first day o ...more
Sidetracked tells the story of seventh grader, Joseph Friedman. Joseph has ADD and basically feels like he is failing at life. He struggles in school, is hopeless on the sporting field as is easy prey for school bullies. When a new girl, Heather, moves to Lakeview Middle School, things start to look up for young Joseph. What follows is an enjoyable and heart-warming story. Whilst the novel is pitched a ...more
This is a story of overcoming obstacles, friendship, and comraderie. Seventh-grader Joseph Friedman faces many challenges; he has ADD as well as sensory and anxiety issues, is small, skinny, and weak, and is often made fun of by the kids at school. He is amazed by Heather, the new girl who is tall, strong, and takes no crap from anyone. Joseph ends up joining the cross-country team, afte ...more
I loved this book. It was funny and sweet and made me happy cry. Joseph's relationships with his grandpa, his parents, and his new friends swirl together to create a wonderful novel about the challenges of being different and the strength your differences can giv ...more
Joseph is a seventh-grade boy with ADD who has struggled throughout school to be successful in the classroom and with his peers. He doesn’t have any friends, he is terrified of many things, he feels like he never knows what is going on in class while everyone else does, and he has been bullied for years by other students. His school starts a cross-country and track program and his resource room teacher asks him to participate. As he attends practices and races in meets, Joseph learns abo ...more
Joseph is having a tough time in middle school. He's small for his age and suffers from ADHD enough that he spends time each day in the resource room. When his teacher there, Mrs. T., suggests that he run cross country, he is skeptical, but when he sees Heather doing well at running, he thinks it might be okay. This is the first year for the team, so it's very small, but Mrs. T. is the coach. Joseph isn't fast, but he keeps running, and keeps thinking about his personal b ...more
However, he is not without help. Joseph has a supportiv ...more
After reading Sidetracked written by Diana Harmon Asher, one character I’d like to have as a friend from the book would be Heather. Heather is the new student at school who gets noticed in gym class for knocking over the school bully right as he was about to knock over our main character, Joseph Friedman. Saving his life, essentially, Joseph tries to befriend Heather, and their friendship establishes after joining the tr ...more
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Joseph Friedman is just starting seventh grade. He hasn’t had things easy. He has difficulty focusing, isn’t the best student, and spends part of his school day in the resource room. He is small, not athletic, and is often made fun of (and even bullied) by other kids. Things begin to change for Joseph when a new girl named Heather moves to town and attends Lakeview. She is very athle ...more
****/5 stars. I highly recommend this debut. This novel was relatable to everyone who has ever gone through an awkward phase in their life or had challenges with their peers. In my opinion, this is what middle school is mostly about. Pining for peer acceptance, approval, and just trying to make it. The story is about Joseph who has learning difficulties and who is challenged in unexpected ways. He ...more
Joseph is in 7th grade and spends part of his day in the resource room. Joseph has lots of phobias, an overactive mind and finds it really hard to concentrate in his classes. He spends a lot of his time trying to avoid the school bullies and simply getting by. His refuge is the resource room where he feels safe and he has a teacher who is a caring cheerleader for all of her kids. His teacher is always encour ...more
Joseph's Grandpa is a big character in the book after going missing and doing his own thing before the seventy nine year old comes to Josephs house.
Joseph grows confident in pursuing the track team and making his teacher and grandpa proud from doing so despite being last in ...more
Joseph spends most of ...more
The plot line is all about Joseph and his trouble fitting in at school. His ADD annoys everyone and he's the target of the school bully. His resource t ...more
Joseph has ADD, but when his resource teacher tells him to try out for track, he gives it a go. Track is hard and Joseph struggles, but he meets some new friends and learns that he can do hard things. Joseph’s seventy-nine year old grandfather also has to move in with Jospeh's family and his relationship with Joseph is sweet and entertaining.
I enjoyed this book. Josep ...more
Sidetracked is an absolutely charming story about Joseph and Heather, two kids on the fringes of their community. Joseph has ADD and finds his mind wandering every chance it gets. Heather's tall, strong, and fast, and the new kid besides. Together, they make for a misfit team that was a delight to read.
I really loved being in Joseph's head. As a narrator, he's funny, insightful, and serious by turns. His chara ...more