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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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