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Taking Sides - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 5-8! We are excited for you to join us in reading Taking Sides by Gary Soto.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits will be ready for pickup tomorrow, Tuesday November 1st! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Michelle know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want. No matter how much you do, the book is yours!

"Taking Sides" by Gary Soto

“Lincoln is in a jam when his basketball team at his new school – where the students are rich and mostly white – faces his old team from the barrio on the boards. How can he play his best against his friends? No matter who wins, it looks like it will be lose-lose for Lincoln.

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, basketball, and the world of Taking Sides:

Gary Soto’s website:

Ohio High School Athletic Association’s page on basketball:

USA Basketball’s site:

Basketball Reference’s site:

Junior National Basketball Association’s site:

Rapper Ice-T’s site:

Included as well: a word search, a crossword puzzle, and a recipe for sopa de arroz!

We hope you enjoy these activities and would love to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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