The Running Dream

The Running Dream

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 | Library ed
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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...
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, 2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307879516 (electronic audio bk.)
0307879518 (electronic audio bk.)
Branch Call Number: eAUDIOBOOK FIC VAN DRAANEN
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Flanagan, Laura

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Hillsboro_RobP Jun 15, 2020

The Running dream is both an excellent motivational sports story and a "be better" growing up tale, both of which we've had plenty of but Van Draanen shows that in capable hands they can really turn the pages. I was surprisingly in to the insurance drama.

I definitely recommend the audio, as I can see how the writing style might not have the same impact in text. A meaningful story that's well worth the pick-up.

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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