The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award - Teen Book Winner)
- Publish Date: 2012-01-10
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
When Jessica is told sheâll never run again, she puts herself back togetherâand 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. Sheâs not comforted by the news that sheâll 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 sheâs both in the spotlight and invisible. People who donât know what to say act like sheâs not there. Jessicaâs embarrassed to realize that sheâs done the same to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math sheâs 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 thatâs not enough for her now. She doesnât just want to cross finish lines herselfâshe wants to take Rosa with her.
âInspirational. The pace of Van Draanenâs prose matches Jessicaâs at her swiftest. Readers will zoom through the book just as Jessica blazes around the track. A lively and lovely story.â âKirkus Reviews