Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher Book Review

Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher

Thank you to the @kidlitexchange for providing this book to review. All opinions are my own.

Joseph Friedman is a middle-school boy who tends to get picked on a lot. He’s small, not athletic, and a resource room member with ADD. He loves his teacher, Mrs. T, who encourages him to go out for the new cross country team. Joseph then meets new girl Heather. She is tough, tall, and the probably the best athlete at the school. Together, the two develop a friendship that helps both of them blossom.

I think my favorite thing about this book is that the main character, Joseph, was an outcast for the opposite reasons his new-found friend, Heather, was an outcast. Both did not follow the typical gender stereotypes. Middle-school is tough, especially when you are different from the norm. This book is a must-read for any middle schooler. It gets the point across that it is okay to be YOU!!


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