The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award – Teen Book Winner)

August 12, 2019 - Comment

When Jessica is told she’ll never run again, she puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before. The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story.   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

When Jessica is told she’ll never run again, she puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before. The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story.
 
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, Jessica feels that she’s both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say act like she’s not there. Jessica’s embarrassed to realize that she’s done the same 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.
 
“Inspirational. The pace of Van Draanen’s prose matches Jessica’s at her swiftest. Readers will zoom through the book just as Jessica blazes around the track. A lively and lovely story.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Anonymous says:

I feel like any kind of summary or review is not going … I feel like any kind of summary or review is not going to do full justice to this story, but here’s my attempt. (Or just skip reading this and go use this time to go find yourself a copy and read it yourself. You’ll be glad you did.)Jessica is a runner. She lives to feel the wind in her face and the thrill of crossing the finish line. So losing a foot in an accident feels like the end of the world. In fact, she sometimes wishes she could trade places with the girl who died in the…

Anonymous says:

Heartwarming and simply a winner! Jessica loves to run. She runs competitively for her school, and she runs because she loves it. When the bus that the track team is on is hit by a truck, a girl is killed and Jessica, well, Jessica loses a leg. Having a limb amputated is unbelievably hard for anyone to deal with, but when your life is running it’s even worse. Jessica has to deal with caring for her stump and learning how to use a prosthesis, with stares and comments, and with losing the ability to be who she is—a…

Anonymous says:

so this was amazing! I’m one happy mama My son’s school put this on the required summer reading list. He hates reading, so he was not looking forward to having to read this book. We just went on vacation, and he actually chose to pack this book because he was enjoying it so much. The kid has never willingly packed a book before, so this was amazing! I’m one happy mama;)

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