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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. 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.

©2011 Wendelin Van Draanen (P)2010 Listening Library

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9 year old rates this 15 stars

I don't WANT to relisten to this immediately. I NEED to relisten to this immediately.

You'll love it if you like Out of My Mind.

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  • Nenad
  • Samobor, Mala Rakovica, Croatia
  • 08-31-11

excellent choice for my 14-years old daughter

This is the first audible book that I listened and bought having my 14-years daughter in mind. She has been learning English for 8 years and she could perfectly understand this audio book. Our whole family listened the book and we liked it a lot. The story is very interesting and very well told and the narrator is excellent - very clear voice, expressing all sorts of emotions and characters in a different way. I prefer stories about a real life that have some deeper values and meanings in it - this book is like that. Last but not least the story begins in a sad moment of a girls life but it has a happy ending.

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  • Elizabeth
  • winter Park, FL, United States
  • 02-08-14

Bad Narrators

What other book might you compare The Running Dream to and why?

Flipped; Runaway; Confessions of a Serial Kisser; all also by Wendelin Van Draanen in her characteristic charismatic, touching style. They all have Y.A. female leads and tell stories of self discovery.

How could the performance have been better?

it was a good book with a touching ending, but I was distracted by the narrator. She kept going up at the end of her sentences? Like everything was a question? And? I just don't think? that because the person telling the story? was a teenage girl? That she needed to keep doing that? It made me dizzy. Still, all in all an inspiring story :)

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Great book

Great book for all ages.. Look at disabilities in whole new light!!
Kids and parents both loved!!

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Dream Big!

Great book! Inspiring! Dream big and never give up. You never know what you are capable of until you try, even during a tragedy.

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Words aren't adequate to describe my enjoyment

Being an amputee myself, I was greatly impressed with the knowledge the author displayed of all things related to bring an amputee from the emotions of being an amputee to the logistics of fitting a prosthesis. The narrator also did an amazing job especially in handling Rosa's role as a young woman with cerebral palsy. Hard to believe it's fiction!

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Loved it

Required reading never been so good. I enjoyed this book a lot. it was a beautiful representation of what people should be like.

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Great book

Very uplifting book I couldn't stop listening. I would recommend this book to everyone I know.

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Sad but Encouraging

I loved this book and I don't like reading... it was sad at the beginning or first half. But very accomplishing and encouraging through the whole book. I wouldn't be able to do what she did. She also went through hard problems but ends up accomplishing everything she had troubles with. I very much recommend reading this book. If you like reading or not. it has 98 Chapters but each chapter is in between 1 to 15 minutes. it took my about 1 week. but I read about 60 minutes everyday. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK IT IS WAY WORTH IT!

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Good book for young people

After listening to the book for a while, I realized the target audience was teens, not adults. It's an inspiring book for young people. I did not enjoy the voices of the reader. Her male voices were the worst.