An award-winning and inspiring novel. When Jessica's dreams are shattered, 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 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
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award
"I read The Running Dream on my way to the World Championships. I nearly missed my flight for reading it and inhaled it before I touched down. It's a truly touching story that feels very real."--Katrin Green, Paralympic Gold Medalist
"This heart-touching story is a helpful reminder that we must appreciate each day and each blessing. When I go around "Rigor Mortis Bend" and think of Jessica, my legs do not feel nearly as tired anymore."--Jordan Hasay, four-time USA Track & Field Jr. Women's Champion
"Van Draanen's extensive research into both running and amputees pays dividends--readers will truly feel what's it like to walk (or run) a mile (or 10) in Jessica's shoes."--Booklist
"Inspirational. The pace of Van Draanen's prose matches Jessica's at her swiftest. Readers will zoom through the book just as Jessica blazes around the track. A lively and lovely story."--Kirkus Reviews
"Van Draanen delivers an abundance of interesting medical detail and emotional authenticity in this accessible and inspirational novel."--The Horn Book Magazine
WINNER 2012 - Schneider Family Book Award
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 2013 - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award
NOMINEE - Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
FINALIST 2014 - California Young Reader Medal
NOMINEE 2014 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
NOMINEE 2014 - New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Kansas William White Award
SUBMITTED - Maine Student Book Award
NOMINEE 2014 - Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
NOMINEE 2013 - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
NOMINEE - Indiana Young Hoosier Award
HONOR 2014 - Louisiana Young Reader's Choice 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.
Van Draanen was a teacher for many years before turning to writing full-time. She is the author of many beloved and award-winning books. For middle graders she’s written Swear to Howdy, and the Sammy Keyes mystery series. For teens and tweens, there’s Flipped, The Running Dream, Confessions of a Serial Kisser and Runaway. And for younger readers, check out The Shredderman quartet and the Gecko and Sticky. Wendelin Van Draanen lives in Central California with her husband and two sons. Find her on the web at WendelinVanDraanen.com or on Twitter: @WendelinVanD.