Sidetracked (Hardcover)

By Diana Asher

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419726019, 240pp.

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

List Price: 16.99*
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About the Author

Diana Harmon Asher is the mother of three sons and is deeply immersed in reading and writing programs at the nonprofit organization the Children’s Village and at Blythdale Children’s Hospital, both in Westchester, New York. This is her debut novel.


Praise For Sidetracked

"Joseph's first-person voice is fresh and authentic, and his character arc is immensely satisfying."

— Kirkus

"The characters in Asher’s debut novel are likable and approachable, and the story is absorbing and moves quickly. Readers will root for Joseph and his new teammates."

— School Library Journal

"They come to count on each other as they race for the same goal: doing their personal best...natural-sounding narrative with a good amount of humor."

— The Horn Book

"An entertaining mix of events, conversations, anxieties, and reflections, Joseph’s first-person narrative engages readers on page one and never lets up...Justice is sweet when bullies get their comeuppance in this rewarding first novel."

— Booklist

"Asher is honest about the ways in which Joseph’s condition sometimes affects his performance at school, but she’s also attentive to how his sensitivities enable him to experience his environment—the feel of the squishy new track surface, the air rushing past him when he runs, the colors of the woods along the course."

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books