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The Running Dream

By: Wendelin Van Draanen
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
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Publisher's Summary

The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story that’s perfect for anyone who’s ever thought that something was impossible. Listeners 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.

©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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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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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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Inspirational story, but a valley-girl narrator

This is a book I will read again, but I will not listen to it again unless it gets read by a different narrator. Each of the teenage girls characters had the annoying and distracting valley girl accent. With many lines read by teenage girls, it took away from the story. This book is one story I am going to return to Audible. Unless you love valley girls, buy the book.

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Running amazement

Great exiting books with up and downs (and some laughs) but moves a little slow I recommend1.25 speed 99.9%recomend

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I love this book so much so does my my mom

I wish this book was a movie it is so good I loved this book

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Basic book

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Feels like every other book
Don’t read this

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An Inspiring Story

An inspiring story that takes you through hard, but also hopeful times. Great for all ages👍

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Amazing

The story was very good. There were many ups and downs during the story, and a roller coaster of emotions. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially, people who feel like there is no coming out of their all time low.

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AMAZING BOOK!!!!

It was an amazing book I sure loved it, what a great story! So inspiring!