The Running Dream

Version: Unabridged
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen
Narrator: Laura Flanagan
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library
Published In: January 2011
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story that’s perfect for anyone who’s ever thought that something was impossible. Readers will revel in the story of a girl who puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before—after she’s told she’ll never run again.

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

Reviews (2)

Great book

Written by Rhonda Achee on August 7th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love it! It has everything you want in a book!

Written by Kristen McLaughlin on June 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The Running Dream was an amazing book to read! When I recommend this book to my friends, they loved it!! This book inspired me to pushed me to work harder and to keep following my dream!

Author Details

Author Details

Van Draanen, Wendelin

Author Bio
Wendelin Van Draanen is a high school computer science instructor. She lives with her husband and two children in Santa Maria, CA.