The book review follows:
Writing about running with eloquence isn't an easy thing to do. Nor is writing from a teenager's perspective. Award-winning children's book author Wendelin Van Draanen pulls both off with flying colors in her latest novel about a high school junior who loses part of her right leg after a bus accident on the way home from a track meet. Van Draanen's astute writing and attention to detail bring Jessica Carisle to life in a heartstring-jerking story about pain, suffering and overcoming enormous challenges, all set against the backdrop of the love of running. It's that intangible passion for running and racing that helps guide Jessica from the pit of despair through a year-long process of self-discovery. While the book centers around Carlisle's injury. Van Draanen's crafty prose compels readers to understand the person and not dwell on the disability. It's an engaging read for anyone who's ever run high school track or cross country, but just as gripping for any parent of a teenager in competitive sports. ($18.99, Alfred A. Knopf)
I've put The Running Dream on my "to read" list! What about you?