Friday, July 26, 2013

Club Read #54 - Meet YA Author Wendelin Van Draanen

Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

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.

Wendelin Van Draanen is best known for her Sammy Keyes mystery series. The series' heroine, Samantha, is a spunky tomboy who prefers to be called Sammy. For young readers, Sammy is a realistic, believable character, and it's easy to see why. Van Draanen knows how a tomboy thinks and feels because she used to be a tomboy herself. Read more about this author in Literature for Students.

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