Side Tracked by Diana Harmon Asher

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
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Ok, this was such a sweet book, and I love it sooo much. The book is touching and the characters are very lovable, and I just… AHHHHHHHH! I don’t know how to describe it besides amazing.

The book is about a kid with ADD, which means he has a hard time focusing on certain things and can get detracted very easily; and he signs up for track. The thing is – he’s not even fast, he’s running instead for himself. I LOVE IT SOOOOOO MUCH!!!! He runs for a personal record, instead of a medal, and it’s just heartwarming.

Over all, this is one amazing book and I love it and recommend it. So please read this book ’cause it talks about not giving up, but to instead keep on course; and to me that seems like a really good kids’ book.



  • Great book that’s about finishing your goals
  • Kid-friendly


  • Uh… there are bullies?

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.

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