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THE RUNNING DREAM
by Wendelin Van Draanen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

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Jessica’s story is incredibly inspiring and her journey will keep you spellbound. Her feelings are realistic and anyone who has been in a similar situation will relate to the anxiety, fear and hope that Jessica experiences. Van Draanen takes a taboo subject and brings it to light in a refreshing and exciting novel.

Jessica Carlisle had just broken the league record for the 400-meter race when a tragic accident on the way home shatters her dreams. As a BK, or “below knee” amputee, her chances for recovery and a normal lifestyle are high. Forced to sit at the back table in math class to accommodate her wheelchair, Jessica befriends Rosa, who has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. When the track team discovers there are prosthetic legs for runners they are determined to help Jessica run again. But even as Jessica begins to reach her goals she realizes running is something Rosa will never do. Inspired by Rosa’s help she is determined not to leave her new friend behind. (KNOPF, Jan., 352 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780375866678, HC, 12 & Up)

Reviewed By: Raven Haller

Publisher: KNOPF

Published: January 2011

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