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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Running Dream

If you love books that have short chapters that keep you wanting to read more, then you need to read Wendelin Van Draanen's The Running Dream. This emotional read is narrated by sixteen-year-old Jessica. She was a star runner on her high school track team until tragedy struck. The team is leaving a track meet when their bus is in a horrible accident. Jessica loses her leg and must cope with every aspect of emotional and physical recovery. My favorite part of this book is how Jessica becomes a better person as a result of her loss as her friends and community rally around her. Jessica doesn't just let it end there...she gives back in a huge way. I appreciate that Van Draanen shows just how great teens can be! Other awesome reads by her include the Sammy Keyes series, Runaway, Swear to Howdy,and Flipped.

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