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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon Flake, Sharon G. Flake Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffma Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author, Sharon 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 with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school’s most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can’t walk or dance. But he’s a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal.

In time, Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love.

Told in alternating voices, Pinned explores issues of self-discovery, friendship, and what it means to be different.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The unflinching honesty with which Flake approaches her characters is what sells this story; the romantic tension and fiery back-and-forth between these headstrong teens and their respective efforts to make the most of their lives, only sweeten the deal.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Flake creates two compelling characters—an irresistible force and an immovable object—and sets them on a trajectory to unseat the other’s deepest assumptions…Complex and multilayered.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Unique and interesting…the novel has a well-meaning message.”

    School Library Journal

  • “An uplifting story that convincingly celebrates the power of perseverance.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maggie | 2/10/2014

    " I like this book and the characters. Autumn is an out-of-the-box kind of character and one that I came to care about. I did find the reading choppy but that may be because it's an unedited copy. I'll have to wait and see a published copy to see if the chapters and writing flow better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dagmar | 2/2/2014

    " I read this book with certain 5th and 6th grade girls in mind. I think they would like the book, because they are really interested in romance, and this has just enough to keep them interested. Personally, I was driven a little crazy by Adonis' personality, Autumn's hero worship of him and the number of times Autumn said "ain't". But, I don't think this would bother my students as much. The ending was very satisfying, because it wrapped up loose ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eryn | 2/2/2014

    " An okay story sharing dual perspectives of the two main characters. Terribly anti-climatic. Slow without much of an ending. No real resolution, although I do understand the author's stylistic choice not to have one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Loven Caroline | 2/2/2014

    " the best book ever' "

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