Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Running Dream

The Running Dream is a truly heartwarming, uplifting story about a girl who loses part of her leg in a tragic accident, then overcomes great odds to accomplish her goal.  Jessica is a 16-year-old runner (and member of the track team) who is headed for greatness.  But as the team returns home from a meet, the bus collides with a truck, causing injuries that pose much greater obstacles than track could ever prepare her for.

As Jessica deals with the harsh reality of her loss, she also learns about true friendship, the importance of family, and how to see others for who they are and not their handicap.  For those of you who like realistic fiction / human drama, you will find this to be a great read.  The Running Dream is nominated for the young adult Golden Sower Award.  

Click here to listen to the author talk about her book.

Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt is nominated for the intermediate Golden Sower Award.  The story documents the school year of a fifth grade class and the profound impact that their teacher, Mr. Terupt, has on their lives.  As with all classes, Mr. Terupt’s class is full of different personalities, students with different challenges, and, of course, different experiences with and expectations of school.  It is not until Mr. Terupt is gone that the students begin to understand how much they learned from their teacher.  

Readers will relate to different students and situations - the class clown, the sensitive, quiet student, the smart mathematically gifted student, and how each person brings their own life experiences into school

All the Broken Pieces

All the Broken Pieces is a novel in verse about Matt Pin, a boy from Vietnam who was airlifted out of the country during the war.  Although he is now living in a loving, adoptive home in the United States, he is haunted by the secrets and memories he left in his home country.  As he struggles with life and school in the U.S., he is finally forced to confront his past.  
All the Broken Pieces provides a realistic view of the Vietnam War and how it profoundly affected lives in the 1970s - those who did not serve, those who served and came back differently, both mentally and physically, and those who carried hatred and blame for the most unpopular war in U.S. history.    This book is currently nominated for the young adult Golden Sower Award.