Introducing “Takedown”, a Children’s Novel by Laura Shovan!

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A Heart to Heart with Laura Shovan,  An Award-winning Poet & A Children’s Book Author

Hello ReadingWithYourKids family!!!

Today on the podcast, we’re Ecstatic to feature Takedown, a new middle-grade novel from an award-winning poet and an author Laura Shovan!

Tune in and discover what happens when one girl wants to break barriers in a sport dominated by boys in this exciting and thoughtful novel by the author of The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.

Overall, this is among the stronger episodes in the Reading With Your Kids library, if you ask us. It is refreshing, thoughtful, funny, and certainly entertaining.


About the Author

Laura ShovanLaura Shovan’s debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, won several awards, including NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel and Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book. Laura’s second children’s novel, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Library selection. Look for her next book, A Place at the Table, co-written with author/activist Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a longtime poet-in-the-schools in her home state of Maryland.


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More about Takedown

Takedown by Laura ShovanMikayla is a wrestler; when you grow up in a house full of brothers who wrestle, it’s inevitable. It’s also a way to stay connected to her oldest brother, Evan, who moved in with their dad. Some people object to having a girl on the team. But that’s not stopping Mikayla. She’s determined to work harder than ever, and win.

Lev is determined to make it to the state championships this year. He’s used to training with his two buddies as the Fearsome Threesome; they know how to work together. At the beginning of sixth grade, he’s paired with a new partner–a girl. This better not get in the way of his goal.

Mikayla and Lev work hard together and become friends. But when they face each other, only one of them can win.

Praise for Takedown: 

“A kick-out story about family, friendship, and wrestling down stereotypes. Mikayla Delgado rocks!” –Wendelin Van Draanen, author of Flipped, the Sammy Keyes series, and The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones

“Kids struggle every day with the dynamics of high expectations, performance standards, and social relationships. Takedown is a great example of how the sport of wrestling can help everyone involved conquer these challenges and appreciate some of life’s most valuable lessons.” –Kyle Snyder, Olympic wrestling gold medalist


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In this episode of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast, you’ll hear:

  • Our host Jed Doherty welcomes Laura Shovan on the show
  • Introduction to Laura’s new middle-grade novel, Takedown
  • What kind of morals/life lessons Laura wanted to teach kids through her books
  • How women’s wrestling is changing wrestling for everyone?

  • What does Laura hope children will take away with them the most after they read Takedown?

  • What is she currently working on, where can people find her online and much more…



Thank you, Laura, for joining us and for sharing your wonderful novel with us!


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