New York : Amazon Children’s Pub., 2012
IL 5-8, RL 5.0
Fortunately for Bennett, his aunt leaves him in his regular school, so some things remain familiar, especially since everything else in his life has changed: his residence, family expectations, and particularly his lifestyle. Aunt Laura expects him to eat healthily and exercise – something sorely lacking in his life since his mom’s passing. After discovering he may like being outside to walk or run, he joins the cross-country team, alienating P.G. He finds a new camaraderie on the track team – skinny kids are necessarily fast! – but worries about losing his former identity as his health gradually improves.
Losing It has great pacing, drawing the reader in to Bennett’s worries about his family, friends, sports, and possible first girlfriend. While the book revolves around a boy’s battle with health and friends, I loved finding a great sports book about something other than the big 3 – football, basketball, & baseball. I love that we have a “sports book” on a sport which is inclusive – everybody gets to run. How nice to have a sports book about a different sport…
Hampshire Isinglass Teen Book
|SUBJECTS: Obesity -- Fiction.
Health -- Fiction.
Cerebrovascular disease -- Fiction.
Running -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.