“The Running Dream” by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award This YA book is about a teenage girl, Jessica, who thinks her life is over when she loses part of her leg in an accident.  She is a runner, on the school track team, and running is part of her identity. Although her best friend encourages her and supports her, other kids at school- and teachers- act like she is now invisible and are unsure how to deal with her or what to say. It is a realistic portrayal of a tragic event (another girl dies in the accident) and a fast read. Recommend for ages 1o and up.

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