Van Draanen, Wendelin.
Jessica is a runner. She lives, eats, breathes and sleeps running. It is such a huge part of her life that when a terrible bus crash causes her to lose one of her legs, she does not know how she will go on. All of her track friends don’t know what to say around her, Kaylee, her sister, treats her like a leper and her parents treat her as if she’s a porcelain doll. Even her math teacher treats her oddly, sitting her in the back of their classroom with Rosa, a girl with Cerebral Palsy. This, however, turns out to be Jessica’s saving grace, because in meeting and befriending Rosa, she finds her strength to move on. With the help of her friends and schoolmates, Jessica receives the money to buy a running prosthetic and pursue her love of running again. This time, though, Jessica decides to put in her all and take Rosa on the journey with her. (Booktalk by Jennifer Torkkola for 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice nominee )
up in a hospital with only one leg is bad enough, but to
Jessica, who lived to run, it was a nightmare.
With the help of her best friend, Fiona, Jessica is
coaxed out of the house and back into life. When
her friends and track team come up with the idea to get
Jessica a running prosthesis, Jessica starts to dream of
running again. Jessica is helped along the way by
Rosa, a classmate who is a wiz at math but is confined
to a wheel chair with cerebral palsy. With her new
running leg in place Jessica starts training for the
local 10-mile River Run. While she is training,
Jessica devises a plan to help Rosa run too.
|SUBJECTS: Running -- Fiction.
Amputees -- Fiction.
Prosthesis -- Fiction.
People with disabilities -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.