THE PUMPKIN RUNNER
New York : Dial Books for
Young Readers, 1998.
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in Australia, The Pumpkin Runner tells the story of sheep rancher, Joshua
Summerhayes who decides to enter the 12th Annual Koala-K 900-kilometer
Race from Melbourne to Sydney. With yellow dog at his side, Joshua
loads up Aunt Mille and tons of pumpkins in a borrowed jeep and sets out
to run a spell. You see, the luscious golden pumpkins give Joshua
the “extra spark” he needs to win the race. Even though he’s “up
in years”, Joshua succeeds and finishes the race two days and two hours
early. Based on the true story of Cliff Young, a 61 year-old farmer
from Victoria, Australia who won the 875-kilometer race between Sydney
and Melbourne in 1983. (Cerese Long, email@example.com,
White Knoll Middle School)
Running -- Fiction.
Pumpkin -- Fiction.
Australia -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
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