The Running Dream
Jessica is a promising high school track star. Her social and family life and future career are wrapped up in her ability to run, until an accident takes that ability from her. This is a story about her recovery - the physical recovery from the accident, and the recovery of her identity as something more than a runner.
While the beginning of this book is a little frustrating, because you want the character to move forward and she struggles to do it, it's also realistic and understandable. Readers who have gone through major setbacks (even if they aren't physical) will relate to her journey, and this is also a story for readers who can open their eyes to the strength required of survivors in every-day ways.
"I spend a lot of time noticing how my purple paisley bedspread clashes with the oriental rug. I spend a lot of time re-living my last race. Wishing for my leg back. Crying."
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