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The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream (edition 2012)

by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Title:The Running Dream
Authors:Wendelin Van Draanen
Info:Ember (2012), Paperback, 336 pages
Tags:G12, realistic fiction, running, teen, courage, dream, love, sport, disability, track

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Easy, interesting read. I really enjoyed reading about the process of the main charter losing her leg and mentally and physically healing from such a traumatic event. It was also interesting reading about people with disabilities overcoming those disabilities. ( )
  Kenzer24123 | Mar 25, 2017 |
After reading this book, I think I have want to have a better view of handicapped people. I am referring to Rosa who wants people to see her and not her handicap. The story is about a high school girl who is returning, with her team, from a track meet when their activity bus is involved in a wreck. She ends up losing her leg. This is devastating for anyone but maybe more so for a runner. As you read, you experience all emotions, self-pity, depression, thankful to be alive, etc. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
When Jessica, a junior in high school, loses her leg in a school van accident following a track meet, she thinks her life is over. Because she's in a wheelchair, she's seated next to Rosa, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is hard to understand. Rosa is mostly ignored by classmates who are uncomfortable around her. Jessica gets to know Rosa, who becomes a friend. Both of them deal with bullying, tough teachers, and a crush. Jessica's family provides the support she needs to learn to accept that the loss of a leg doesn't mean the loss of everything, especially as the team and community get together in support of Jessica and provide her with a prosthetic for running. This is a feel-good book, in the end. ( )
  mdispaltro | Jul 25, 2016 |
Next book club selection - very good. ( )
  euroclewis | Jun 8, 2016 |
Jessica loves running, and she has a promising career in front of her: that is, until the team bus crashes on the way to a meet causing the death of one student and the loss of Jessica’s right leg below the knee. This is the story of Jessica’s fight back from the brink and of all the adversities she and her family have to endure to regain something of her previous life. A fabulous inspirational story that is also a real page-turner.

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  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
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My life is over. Behind the morphine dreams is the nightmare of reality. Reality I can't face.
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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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