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Creech, Sharon.
New York : Joanna Cotler Books, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 5.4
ISBN 0060540230

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Annie loves to run. Barefoot and free.  There is nothing better.  Her friend Max has joined the track team and wants Annie to join as well.  Annie has no interest in joining but just can't make people understand.  At home, Annie is dealing with her mother's pregnancy and her grandfather's failing memory.  But she takes it all in stride and good humor.  Things come into prespective when she hears the thump thump thump of her feet running.

Booktalk #2

12-year-old Annie loves to run just for the fun of it. Heartbeat shows us Annie’s changing life as if we are running with her. Running with her friend Max is not always what it used to be. Her grandfather is becoming forgetful. Her mother is having a baby. Through poetry, we see the rhythm of her daily existence: going to school, drawing apples for art class and adjusting to these shifts in her life.  Black-eyed Susan Award nominee 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Best friends -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Running -- Fiction.
                        Pregnancy -- Fiction.
                        Grandfathers -- Fiction.


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