• Pages:312
  • Publisher:Cormorant Books
  • Themes:ALS, UFC, women in sports, women fighters, mixed martial arts
  • Available:05/11/2024

Sixteen-year-old star wrestler Rowan Harper’s biggest fan is her father.

But he has ALS, and his symptoms are getting worse. Saving his life will cost more money than the family has, but Rowan finds a solution. Will she risk her chances at a scholarship by competing in a lucrative, but illegal, underground MMA fight?

Takedown is a high-intensity coming-of-age story about family illness and competitive combat, with lots of heart, hope, and headlocks.

“Bryan’s Takedown carefully balances dualities: ferocity and vulnerability, familiarity and passion, life and impending losses. Bryan has written a strong female protagonist … while never forgetting that Rowan is also a girl trying to make it through her adolescence and the day-to-day of high school.”
– Paul Coccia, author of I Got You Babe
“A brave and riveting story about a teen wrestler fighting for her future, family and relationship. The writing is pitch perfect, captivating and emotional, giving insight into the intensity of wrestling, being a teen and fighting for family. It's a page turner with action that will make your heart race!”
– Lorna Schultz Nicholson, author of When You Least Expect It
“With stunning accuracy and endless empathy, Bryan captures the delicate, gritty and complex reality of being both a wrestler and a teenager. Takedown is everything I love in a novel: heartbreaking, intense, romantic and powerful, and the writing is superb. A gut-punch of a novel.”
– Sarah Everett, 2023 Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Young People's Literature

“In Takedown, Bryan tells the story of a rising high-school athlete struggling to balance her love of her sport and her family's struggles in a novel exploring responsibility, coming of age, sportsmanship, and mental health.”

– Booklist