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. Volume XII Number 15 . . . . March 31, 2006
Running for Dave, by Lori Jamison, is a touching hi-lo story about the realities of cancer. As the main character in this story, Rusty faces many challenges, one of the largest being believing in himself. When Dave, his best friend, inspiration and teammate on the school's running team, is diagnosed with cancer, Rusty begins to see the world and himself clearly. Following Dave's death, Rusty begins to take running seriously and trains every day. Previously a distance runner, he begins to run sprints, thereby filling the space left vacant by Dave. At the big meet, Rusty wants not only to run but to win for Dave. The competition is tough, but Rusty is determined.
Jamison has written a realistic story about survival after cancer. Unlike the typical cancer story, it talks about those that are left behind after the battle has been lost. This very moving story engages readers, who, along with the characters in the novel, are invited to take a close look at themselves.
Christina Pike has been seconded to the Department of Education in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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