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"Seventh-grader Joseph Friedman is friendless and puny, with ADD to boot. He spends most of his time avoiding the class bully and hiding out in the Resource Room. But the Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school cross country team, and he meets Heather, a new student who's tough and athletic and refuses to be pushed around by anybody"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION ASH
Characteristics: 233 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Side tracked
ISBN: 9781419731396


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7th grader Joseph is friendless and has ADD issues. His Resource Room teacher/coach encourages him to join the cross-country team, where he meets Heather, a fabulous athlete.

Running cross-country is not easy for Joseph, and not having friends and dealing with the school bully are hard, too. Then he meets Heather and finds a new way to look at life.

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Jul 10, 2018

1. This book is super great with a lot of roadblocks and stopping Joseph to be happy. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story with Joseph making friends with his cross-country teammates and even Heather. Who is a new girl in school and super fast at running and at soccer. But then Heather might be moving to Hawaii but then when she was at the last race, her dad gave her a sign meaning home so she doesn't have to go. She stops and hugs her dad and lets two people get in front of her.

2. This book was just plain awesome. It teaches about faith, and courage, and I especially like the part at the league meet, and Joseph blocks the Brockton boys while they were trying to pass him. There are a lot of sadness to, like Heather's mom staying in Hawaii, and wanting her to move there. This book is also about competition, where Heather would do everything to stop people from passing her on cross-country. She has learned that winning is sometimes not the most important thing in the world, and Joseph leaned that it doesn't matter what other people do, he can just set his own personal record. This book funny, entertaining, and encouraging.

OPL_KrisC Apr 14, 2018

This is a heartwarming story about a 7th Grade boy who joins the school's cross country team on the recommendation of his Resource teacher and ends up with some unexpected results. Joseph has ADD, doesn't have friends and gets bullied frequently, but things start to turn around when he joins the cross country team. I think a lot of kids will be able to relate to Joseph and find common ground. I especially love how Joseph learns to stand up for himself and for others by the end of the book.


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Aug 24, 2019

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