The Running Dream

The Running Dream

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story that's perfect for the millions who watch the Olympics or anyone who's ever thought that something was impossible. Readers will revel in the story of a girl who puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before—after she's told she'll never run again. 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 herWinner of the Schneider Family Book AwardFrom the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307879516
Characteristics: 1 online resource (6 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Flanagan, Laura


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JCLHopeH Jan 23, 2018

This story of a high school track star coping with leg amputation includes a nice mix of teenage angst and lighthearted moments that ultimately make for a feel-good story. With a topic like this, various emotional and psychological aspects could have been given more depth and further explored, but Wendelin Van Draanen does a nice job of streamlining to keep the story moving, and Laura Flanagan is a supremely engaging reader who fully embodies these characters in her narration.


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