The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award - Teen Book Winner)

Loss of a leg, months of recovery,making new friends, perseverance, encouragement, and building relationships. Paperback Edition.

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The acclaimed author Wendelin Van Draanen delivers a powerful and healing story of Jessica in The Running Dream. When told she’ll never run again, she puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before.
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, Jessica feels that she’s both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say act like she’s not there. Jessica’s embarrassed to realize that she’s done the same to a girl with Cerebral Palsy (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 her.

  • Schneider Family Book Award – Teen Book Winner