"And off we go
and I think it odd
that this is the way we talk
run run run
12-year-old Annie loves running barefoot. Down the hill. Across the creek. Past the old red barn. Around the pasture. To the red bench beside the sycamore tree. Thump- thump. Thump-thump.
But things are changing in Annie's world and she needs to adapt to its new rhythm: Mom has a baby growing in her; Grandpa (who, a long time ago, used to run) talks about kicking the bucket to make room for the baby; and Annie's best friend, Max (who also loves to run) falls easily into a dark mood lately. Annie has lots to think about: life beginning, life declining, how to make people understand when she says 'no' ...
The thing about Annie is that she runs where her heart points.
When Max and the school coach insist that Annie should join the track team, she confides in Grandpa:
"and then I tell him about Max saying
I am a chicken
and how I don't feel like a chicken
and how I love to run
but I don't want to run
in a herd ..."
"I don't want to run in a herd ..." Don't you just love that? Annie doesn't stray from what she believes even if the rest of the world is running to compete.
Many other things her heart beats for:
~ Mom and the new pumpkin alien baby
~ Dear Grandpa
Annie loves painting, and one of her class assignments is to draw an apple for 100 days. Her 100th piece of that apple just about sums up the love for her family, especially for Grandpa. (I'll let you find out what it is just in case you're picking this book up. It's better finding out that way.)
If you need a quick read, one that's like a good, satisfying run, check out Heartbeat, or this link to author Sharon Creech's webpage and read an excerpt today!
Confession: I hate running. (I enjoy a good walk.) So if I have to choose between running and drawing an apple for a hundred days, I'd definitely, definitely pick the latter. What about you?
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