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The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream

by Wendelin Van Draanen (Author)

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On the way back from beating a state record Jessica's bus gets into an accident and she must have her leg amputated below the knee. For Jessica who lives to run, this is as bad (or worse) than a death sentence. As she goes through therapy and learns how to walk again, Jessica realizes that you must work through the tough times to make everything worth more.

Super whiny at the beginning...but it got better by a quarter of the way through. Good messages, not too much teenage angst past the first part, and quick. She has a good group of friends, and even befriends a girl in a wheelchair she would have never met before her accident. Sometimes the friendships seem too cliched, but girls will enjoy reading about true stick-by-your-side friends (especially during the drama that is frienship is middle/high school). ( )
  agrudzien | May 18, 2013 |
A feel-good story about overcoming adversity and going beyond oneself to help others. Jessica is devastated when there is a bus accident and her leg is amputated. She had just PR'ed in a track meeting and suddenly her past time for running is ripped from her. This story has Jessica share her journey of recovery, her drive to run again, and her developing friendship with Rosa, a girl with cerebral palsy who will never know how it feels to run.
This is a story designed to pull at the heartstrings. Sometimes it is too perfect - Jessica's best friend Fiona always does and says just the exact right thing - but it is a touching and inspiring journey. ( )
  ewyatt | May 15, 2013 |

Track star Jessica loses a leg in a terrible car accident. Her road to recovery is a long one, but she can’t give up her dream of running again.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
This is my favorite MSBA nominee (outside of the one written by Gary Schmidt). I enjoyed Jessica's journey and thought it was an accurate teenage reaction to losing a dream only to come up with a new one. There were a few parts that were a little too tidy. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
When Jessica loses her leg in an accident on the way home from a track mete, her despair is overwhelming. Bit by bit, she regains hope and perspective, thanks to friendship, family, and her team's devotion. The characters in this book may be too good to be true, but it's a powerful story nonetheless. The information about amputation and prostheses is interesting. Although there is some edginess and irreverence, there isn't bad language or sex, so this will meet the need for a "clean" teen book. The audio reader, Laura Flanagan makesa a believable teen. ( )
  sleahey | Mar 12, 2013 |
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Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award

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 a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

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