Teen Book Reviews

This summer, our S*T*A*R volunteers have taken up the pen to provide some book reviews! See what your peers are reading and find some great new summer reads. Today’s review comes from teen volunteer Ella.

Ella’s Review: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Schneider Family Book Award Teen Book Winner, The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, is a book about commitment, bravery, and friendship. This book really pulls your attention towards it and you want to know what comes next so you don’t ever want to put the book down until you are finished. This story has a great moral which is to never give up on your dream.

The Running Dream is about a girl named Jessica Carlisle who got in a bus accident on the way to a cross country meet and lost her leg. One of her friends died but everyone else survived. When Jessica’s doctor says she won’t be able to run again, Jessica believes him and gives up. Her best friend Fiona tells her to try one day so Jessica does. Jessica also has a big crush on a boy named Gavin but she thinks he does not like her so she avoids him the whole time. Jessica meets a girl named Rosa who is smart and has a disability. They cross notes in class a few times too. Rosa helps Jessica with all her homework that she had to catch up on and Rosa also supported Jessica when she decided to try to run again. 

This book was such a wonderful read and I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because it has a great storyline and moral.  I would definitely recommend this book to readers who love stories of athletes and nonfiction books.