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51 pages
19 minutes
May 1, 2013


Jeff has an anger problem.  He doesn't know how to control his temper.  One day, when his anger has almost gotten out of hand, he meets Logan, one of the captains of his school's wrestling team.  Logan thinks Jeff would be a great wrestler.  But can Jeff control his anger long enough to win a match?
May 1, 2013

About the author

Who is Jake Maddox? Athlete, author, world-traveler – or all three? He has surfed in Hawaii, scuba-dived in Australia, and climbed the mountains of Peru and Alaska. His books range from the most popular team sports to outdoor activities to survival adventures and even to auto racing. His exploits have inspired numerous writers to walk in his footsteps – literally! Each of his stories is stamped with teamwork, fair play, and a strong sense of self-worth and discipline. Always a team-player, Maddox realizes it takes more than one man (or woman) to create a book good enough for a young reader. He hopes the lessons learned on the court, field, or arena and the champion sprinter pace of his books can motivate kids to become better athletes and lifelong readers.

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Takedown - Jake Maddox


CHAPTER 1:Losing It

CHAPTER 2:Someone Your Own Size

CHAPTER 3:Temper

CHAPTER 4:The Invitation

CHAPTER 5:Things to Learn

CHAPTER 6:Strength and Speed

CHAPTER 7:First Meet

CHAPTER 8:Keeping Control

CHAPTER 9:Figuring It Out

About the Author

About the Illustrator


How to Win On The Wrestling Mat

Discussion Questions

Writing Prompts

Other Books By Jake Maddox

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The basement door swung wide open. Jeff! Jeff, Jeff, Jeff! a voice screamed. It was Caleb, Jeff Carter’s five-year-old brother. He ran into the room and started bouncing up and down on the couch.

Caleb wasn’t the worst little brother in the world, but Jeff was often annoyed by him. The kid was always running around and being loud — two things that drove Jeff crazy.

Leave me alone, Jeff said. Come on, Caleb. Go away!

Caleb ignored him. He jumped off the couch. Then he walked over and looked at the TV.

What are you playing? he asked. Are you winning?

Jeff sighed. He tried to keep his focus on the snowboarder on the TV screen.

Yes, I’m winning, he said. He paused the game and turned to look at Caleb. I’m just about to set a new record, but I’m coming to the hardest part right now, he added.

Caleb climbed onto the couch next to Jeff. He kept bouncing up and down, making weird sounds, and getting on Jeff’s nerves.

What’s the record? Caleb asked. "Are you going to break it for sure, Jeff? Do you really think you can do it?

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