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Sidetracked

(2017)
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If middle school were a race, Joseph Friedman wouldn't even be in last place - he'd be on the sidelines. With an overactive mind and phobias of everything from hard-boiled eggs to gargoyles, he struggles to understand his classes, let alone his fellow classmates. So he spends most of his time avoiding school bully Charlie Kastner and hiding out in the Resource Room, a safe place for misfit kids like him.

But then, on the first day of seventh grade, two important things happen. First, his Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school track team, and second, he meets Heather, a crazy-fast runner who isn't going to be pushed around by Charlie Kastner or anybody else.
With a new friend and a new team, Joseph finds himself off the sidelines and in the race (quite literally) for the first time. Is he a good runner? Well, no, he's terrible. But the funny thing about running is, once you're in the race, anything can happen.



Praise for this book

"A splendid novel that I read in one sitting." - Gary D Schmidt


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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sidetracked
Author(s): Diana Asher
ISBN: 1-4197-2601-3 / 978-1-4197-2601-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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Paperback Editions

September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Sidetracked
Author(s): Diana Harmon Asher
ISBN: 1-4197-3139-4 / 978-1-4197-3139-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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August 2017 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Sidetracked
Author(s): Diana Harmon Asher
Publisher: Amulet Books
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