Reading for a Lifetime Together

April 7, 2013, 2:12 am
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I read the Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. Jessica runs it’s always been her favorite thing to do. On the way home from a track meet, the bus she is on is in an accident. One girl dies and Jessica loses one of her legs. Jessica can’t run anymore, at least for the time being. Her doctor tells her she can get a prosthetic but she won’t be able to run on it very well. The one she needs to run costs twenty thousand dollars. Jessica’s track team decides they are going to raise the money so she can run with them again. In the meantime Jessica is in a wheelchair so she can’t sit in a normal desk. In math she sits with Rosa who has cerebral palsy and she gets to know her. Rosa wishes she could run but because of her disability she has to stay in a wheelchair. Jessica decides she is going to push Rosa in a wheelchair for five miles in a race while on her prosthetic leg. Everyone thinks she’s crazy but she begins training and when the race comes she does push Rosa the entire five miles. I really liked this book, it was inspiring. I don’t personally know anyone with a prosthetic limb but I imagine it’s hard to live with at first. This book made me realize how lucky I am to still have all of my body and that it’s functioning properly.

–Carissa Bell


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