The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

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I find this book inspiring because Jessica loves to run so she does everything she can to start again even after the accident. I really liked this book and I would recommend it.
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The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story that’s perfect for the millions who watch the Olympics or anyone who’s ever thought that something was impossible. Readers will revel in the story of a girl who puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before—after she’s told she’ll never run again.

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?

As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.

With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Wendelin Van Draanen

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WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a teacher for many years before turning to writing full-time. Her first Sammy Keyes mystery, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award. She lives in Central California with her husband and two sons.
 
Published January 11, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 336 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Reviewed by Chloé Valcin-Wright on Mar 18 2011

I find this book inspiring because Jessica loves to run so she does everything she can to start again even after the accident. I really liked this book and I would recommend it.

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