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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (85 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alfred C. Martino Narrator: Mark Shanahan Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 class. For Ivan, the stakes are impossibly high. A state championship fulfills a promise he made to his mother before she passed away nine months earlier and will, perhaps, stem his father’s continued withdrawal from life. But mostly, Ivan dreams of getting a scholarship to a college far from his dreary hometown. To him, anything short of the title is failure.

In Short Hills, a wealthy town on the other side of the state, Bobby Zane protects his younger brother Christopher from the fallout of their parents’ impending divorce, while searching for comfort from Carmelina Carrillo, a girl from a depressed part of Newark. Despite the distractions from the intense pressures of adolescent love and the family’s breakup, Bobby realizes his quest for the coveted 129-pound state title may be his only hope for salvation.

Pinned follows Ivan and Bobby’s season-long efforts toward overcoming forces within and beyond their control toward a title that only one of them can capture!
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unsparing and told with such visceral acuity that the reader can almost feel the burn of the mat, author Martino meticulously details the kind of guts it takes to get the glory.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Many teens will identify with the boys’ struggles both on and off the mat.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alfred C. Martino | 2/13/2014

    " Brilliant! And the author is tremendously handsome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy Lomano | 1/20/2014

    " High-school content level. Good wrestling oriented book. Realistic fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maureen | 1/15/2014

    " I discovered a 6th grade student reading this. Not appropriate for him, but I enjoyed it. It has a strong message for older teens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Zac Leonard | 1/13/2014

    " this is the best wrestling books ever "

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