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ISBN13: 9780375866289
ISBN10: 0375866280
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2012 Schneider Family Book Award

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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.

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When Wendelin Van Draanen ran her first marathon, she was struck by the people with physical handicaps who were also running and was inspired to write this book about overcoming adversity with courage and grace and strength.

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Beverly B, July 14, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
It is rare for a YA novel to deal with teen tragedies in a realistic way, but The Running Dream portrays the loss and recovery from a horrific car accident in way that feels authentic. Jessica, an athlete, loses her leg and her dream of being a track superstar when the school bus is slammed by a speeding drunk driver. The Running Dream takes the reader through Jessica's emotional and physical damage, her slow painful recovery, and her new plan for the future, without being schmaltzy or trite. The Running Dream is also a coming-of-age story. Teen girls will relate to Jessica's search for passion and purpose.
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Curtis Martin, March 21, 2012 (view all comments by Curtis Martin)
I was attracted to this book because I'm a runner, and I also dream about running. I really liked the author's realistic treatment of Jessica's transition through the emotional stages of her recovery. The author must have done lots of research into the whole issue of rehabilitation from an amputation. I liked how Jessica's perspective was gently expanded by her interactions with other disabled characters during the course of the story. Eventually she comes to understand that it's not all about her, and pushes herself to help fulfill someone else's running dream. A wonderful story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375866289
Author:
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Publisher:
Ember
Author:
Draanen, Wendelin Van
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-General
Subject:
running;realistic fiction;friendship;sports;track;ya;disability;amputee;cerebral palsy;young adult;disabilities;high school;fiction;amputation;teen;accident;contemporary fiction;prosthesis;runner;fundraising;accidents;people with disabilities;acceptance;r
Subject:
running;realistic fiction;friendship;sports;track;ya;disability;amputee;cerebral palsy;young adult;disabilities;high school;fiction;amputation;teen;accident;contemporary fiction;prosthesis;runner;fundraising;accidents;people with disabilities;acceptance;r
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.09 x 5.56 x 0.79 in 0.62 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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