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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Soto Narrator: Robert Ramirez Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Eighth-grader Linc Mendoza has moved from a dusty San Francisco barrio to a well-groomed suburb and a new junior high school. Suddenly he's in the minority, a Mexican-American in a mostly white school. The basketball coach is tough on him. Classes are even tougher. And his best friend is back in the old neighborhood.

To make things worse, the basketball team is scheduled to play against Linc's old school in a league game. How can Linc play his best when he's shooting against his former teammates? To find an answer, Linc will need to sort through a maze of emotions and some tricky moves on the court. It is a journey that will teach him much about choices and change.

Narrator Robert Ramirez's tones capture each of Linc's frustrations and joys. This is a gripping story by an award-winning author noted for realistic tales of Mexican-American life and culture. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josep6 | 2/18/2014

    " I think it was a good book and awesome because i like basketball and if people like basketball they should read this book and they would like it. And i want you guys to know that if your not into basketball don't get it because you guys are not going to know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don | 2/11/2014

    " Not Soto's best, but soooo believable. I loved that the protagonist was no hero and that the book did not have a forced "feel good" ending or message that so many books for middle-schoolers do. Very real kid with flaws in a very real situation, which many kids can relate to on a number of levels. Just a good read with lots of opportunities for discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Estefaniac6 | 2/8/2014

    " This book is my most favorite book so far. Its so dramatic and entertaining. I love the part were the main charecter Lincon cant play in the basketball game. Lincon loves to play basketball and he moved to a new school because in his old house he got robbed so he had to move to a new scool. But something happens that Lincon has to play against his old school. Will he play? Read to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 2/5/2014

    " Taking sides is a fictitious coming of age story about finding one's own identity. Lincoln Mendoza is a really good basketball player and everything is going well for him at his school. He is popular and has tons of friends. But one day his house gets broken into and his mother decides that their neighborhood is too unsafe and they need to move. They move into a white neighborhood, and Lincoln's life starts to go downhill. He is not white and he has a hard time fitting in. Race is a big issue that Lincoln has to face as he tries to find his own identity. His mom is dating a white guy he doesn't like, he hurt his knee, his coach doesn't like him, he is having relationship problems and to make things worse, he is facing his old basketball team. Luckily at this point in the novel there is still enough time for Lincoln to figure out who he is and what his life is all about. All YA readers should be able to relate to the issues of self-identity and racial discrimination that this book presents. I do think, however, that male readers who are sports fans are going to be more drawn to this book because there are frequent sports references. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsi | 2/5/2014

    " okay book....Lincoln moves to a white neighborhood and has to take sides when he plays his old school during basketball. This is a realistic fiction book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcus | 1/29/2014

    " The book i read called Taking Sides by Gary Soto. This book setting in modern day. The main character of the book is Lincoln Medoza. I can not relate this book to no other book. The Cons of this book is the challegeing spanish words in the book. This book is special because it talks about basketball and i love sports like basketball. The pros of this book is that is has basketball, talking with friends, stealing to make a living. The plot of the book is a junior high school name Columbus Junior High. Other significant characters are Tony, James, Flaco, Monica. This specific major event is beating Franklin Junior High is basketball it is major because that is the school Lincoln went to before he transfered to Colmbus. A hook of the book is that Lincoln is the best player on Colmbus Junior High so they named him Team Captain. I can make a text to self connection because i played basketball for a league up until 9th grade. One special scene is where colmbus beats Franklin Junior High. My opinion of the book is that is was a wonderful book and i suggest people should read this book.The ending was very good; i liked it alot. It was pretty good, and i wish the book hadn't ended so soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/22/2014

    " This Book is really interesting.. Its about a boy named Lincoln and all about his move and his old friends and girlfriends.. he has a new stepfather. he plays for a basketball team. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2014

    " adolescent novel. Issues of identity "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mason Smith | 1/5/2014

    " Not very good. Weak plot :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra Strange | 12/20/2013

    " Lincoln Mendoza has moved from the hard, Hispanic barrio where he grew up to a white suburb, and now goes to a mostly white school. Though he plays basketball for his new school, he still feels tied to his old barrio friends. So what does he do when the two school play each other? Positive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connor B6 | 12/15/2013

    " Personally this book is amazing! I can read it all day if i wanted to. But sadly i can't because i do not have enough time "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marin | 12/11/2013

    " This is one of the many books we are reading in my reading class. Me and my friend Rory got so bored we were playing with her I touch. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess | 12/3/2013

    " I love Gary Soto as a poet. Not so sure about this book, though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 10/11/2013

    " A fairly easy read, with some relevant teen themes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ferdinandc6 | 9/13/2013

    " Lincoln moves to a new school and was the NBA star in his old school but is now one of the least favorite because he is Latino "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerardo Lopez | 5/27/2013

    " It was an intresting book.It was about internal conflict.Lincoln(the maincharacter)had to decide from his old life and his new life.He went from the bario to the suburbs.Overall great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Briggs Uhler | 3/4/2013

    " it was ok. I'm not really a basketball fan... I know, I live in Indiana!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Savannah | 9/20/2012

    " this book was amasing you have to read it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlost6 | 8/7/2012

    " So far, what I have been reading, this book is GREAT!! I love the way Gary Soto wrote the book so that it's believable. I love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryang6 | 6/26/2012

    " My favorite book would be taking sides because it is so interesting. If you stop reading its like a cliff hanger. In the beginning i thought it would be boring. Then i read the beginning, and it was awesome and interesting. It's about a teenager that plays for a team but he has life problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 6/6/2012

    " I read this book with a group of 6th grade boys in a book group and we all really liked it. It had a realistic plot and the boys could identify with Lincoln. The basketball scenes were good too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 *LadyElk#30!*(KD) | 2/16/2012

    " this is a very well written book but it lacks any main plot. its very interesting, really, because theres no problem but once it got to a very early place, i couldnt but it down, no literally i droped my sucker on it and my dad had to pry it off my hand "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 9/22/2011

    " Ehhhh....not the best book, but.not too bad :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Foshag | 6/14/2011

    " The book is about a boy name Lincoln. He loves bastcastball and his frend is Tony and has a grilfrend named Marana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annaka | 5/4/2011

    " It was decent. But I didn't like it that much. The conflict wasn't all that exciting... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Willgraykgmail.com | 3/7/2011

    " A terrible book. Most definitely not reading ANY of his books again.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaimerin | 10/19/2010

    " i thought the book was okay but it is something that i wouldn't actually pick out myself.yet, overall this is a great book to read if you think that a book wih alot of drama is your style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anjreyevh | 9/2/2010

    " It was actually a pretty good book considering the fact that I don't read books about sports. It has a good mesage that sort of helped me with what i was thinking about. So, I'll recommend this book to anyone. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariel | 8/7/2010

    " To me this didn't compare with the haunting lyricism of Buried Onions by the same author. I see why it's popular. But I didn't find it very deep. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Soto

Gary Soto is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Award. He also writes young adult fiction and has received numerous awards, including the Human and Civil Rights Award from the American Education Association, the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and the PEN Center West Book Award for his young adult short-story collection Petty Crimes.

About the Narrator

Robert Ramirez came to audiobook narration fresh from his MFA in classical theater. Initially answering a casting call for a narrator who spoke Spanish, Robert has used his Mexican-American background to imbue authentic flavor and dialogue in audio titles. His powerful command of language and rich voice reflect his interest in dialects. Ramirez is the winner of eight AudioFile Earphones Awards.