CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 37 . . . . June 2, 2017
David Skuy's Run tells the story of Lionel, a grade eight student who is overweight, quiet with very few friends, and who just wants to be invisible. Nick, along with his group of friends, won't let this invisibility happen, and they poke fun at Lionel and make him the brunt of every embarrassing joke. They literally terrorize Lionel, and he lets it happen until one day he discovers running and with it, a group of friends. The question is whether Lionel can find it in himself to stand up to these bullies.
Run is much more than a simple story. It explores what it means to like one's self regardless of whether the individual is in grade eight, like the main character, or older, like Lionel's mom. Run is about what makes a person feel good about him or herself and how others can impact this feeling. It is also about family relationships and friendship. Finally, it is about unconditional acceptance.
A must-read for all.
Christina Pike is the principal of Macdonald Drive Junior High in St. John's, NL.
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