The Running Dream (by Wendelin van Draanen: Young Adult Fiction) © 2011

Book Jacket

Summary: For Jessica, running is not just an after school sport or a casual hobby: it’s a part of her identity. When a school bus accident results in the loss of her leg, Jessica finds herself adrift in a sea of despair and isolation. If she cannot run, then who is she? As Jessica struggles to heal both emotionally and physically, she must come to terms with who she is instead of lamenting who she might have been. Still, Jessica’s track team just might have an idea that will get her running again…but will she be strong enough to face the track after everything that’s happened?

 Review: This smart and touching offering from Wendelin van Draanen has a well-deserved nomination for the 2014 Caudill Award. Jessica’s story is equal parts heartbreaking and uplifting, but never schmaltzy. Fans of RJ Palacio’s Wonder will enjoy this novel.

Read-a-Likes: Wonder by RJ Palacio (Available in book, audiobook, and ebook  format), Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper (Available in book format), Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham (Available in book format), and Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton (Available in eAudiobook format).

Availability: The Running Dream is available as a book and audiobook in the library’s juvenile fiction collection as well as an ebook form on My Media Mall.

Reviewed by: Martha


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