• The following version of this book was used to create this Lesson Plan: Van Draanan, Wendelin. The Running Dream. Ember, 2011.
• The novel begins by Jessica Carlisle, a 16-year-old teenage girl, waking up from a “morphine dream” (3).
• Jessica has just recently undergone a leg amputation, which has proved to be a very emotional experience.
• Although the surgery went well, Jessica is understandably upset about having lost a leg, noting that “…the pain in my leg is nothing compared to the one in my heart” (3).
• The doctor reassures her that it could have been much worse, especially if she was an above-the-knee amputee (she’s a below-the-knee amputee), and that she will be able to live a normal life.
• Jessica remains unconvinced, concluding that “My hopes, my dreams, my life…it’s over” (3).
• Reflecting over the fact that running is an integral part of her identity and sense...
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