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Van Draanen, Wendelin. 
New York : Knopf, 2011

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

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 )

Booktalk #2

Waking 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. 
(Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Running -- Fiction.
                        Amputees -- Fiction.
                        Prosthesis -- Fiction.
                        People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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