Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award
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 her.
NOMINEE - Maine Student Book Award
NOMINEE - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE - Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Texas Lone Star Reading List
NOMINEE - Connecticut Nutmeg Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Nebraska Golden Sower Award
WINNER - Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award
WINNER - Schneider Family Book Award
WINNER - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE - Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award
NOMINEE - Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
NOMINEE - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - California Young Reader Medal
NOMINEE - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
NOMINEE - New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
NOMINEE - Kansas William White Award
SUBMITTED - Maine Student Book Award
NOMINEE - Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
NOMINEE - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
NOMINEE - Indiana Young Hoosier Award
NOMINEE - Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award
WINNER 2012 - Schneider Family Book Award
WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN recently ran her first marathon. She was struck by the people with physical handicaps who were also running and was inspired to write this book about overcoming adversity with courage and grace and strength.