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Run run run.

That's what twelve-year-old Annie loves to do. When she's barefoot and running, she can hear her heart beating . . .

thump-thump, thump-thump.

It's a rhythm that makes sense in a year when everything's shifting: Her mother is pregnant, her grandfather is forgetful, and her best friend, Max, is always moody. Everything is changing, just like the apple Annie's been assigned to draw a hundred times.

Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech masterfully weaves this story about a young girl beginning to understand the many rhythms of life and how she fits within them.

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 6, 2009
ISBN: 9780061972478
List price: $5.99
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Written completely in free verse, this book took a few chapters to grab my attention, but by the "Footnotes" chapter, I was hooked.read more
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Annie loves to run. Annie loves to draw. These are constants in her life when so many other things seem to be changing. Her mother's having a new baby. Her grandfather is losing his memory and sometimes doesn't recognize himself. And everyone keeps asking Annie about her friendship with Max. Are they just friends? Or are they something more? This quiet novel in verse documents a year in Annie's life and how she deals with it. She realizes that everything changes and she might have to change, too. This one's been pretty popular with girls at our library and I liked it okay. It's a story about a girl going through life, dealing with things that girls deal with all the time. And I think that's where the appeal lies.read more
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This is a story of 12 year old Annie who loves to run. Told in poetic form, it is a story of friendship, family, of a birth of a brother and aging of her beloved grandfather.There is nothing overwhelmingly special about this book, but it is worth time spent reading.The author received a Newbery medal forWalk Two Moons. She is also the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for her book Ruby Holler.read more
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Written completely in free verse, this book took a few chapters to grab my attention, but by the "Footnotes" chapter, I was hooked.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Annie loves to run. Annie loves to draw. These are constants in her life when so many other things seem to be changing. Her mother's having a new baby. Her grandfather is losing his memory and sometimes doesn't recognize himself. And everyone keeps asking Annie about her friendship with Max. Are they just friends? Or are they something more? This quiet novel in verse documents a year in Annie's life and how she deals with it. She realizes that everything changes and she might have to change, too. This one's been pretty popular with girls at our library and I liked it okay. It's a story about a girl going through life, dealing with things that girls deal with all the time. And I think that's where the appeal lies.
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This is a story of 12 year old Annie who loves to run. Told in poetic form, it is a story of friendship, family, of a birth of a brother and aging of her beloved grandfather.There is nothing overwhelmingly special about this book, but it is worth time spent reading.The author received a Newbery medal forWalk Two Moons. She is also the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for her book Ruby Holler.
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Heartbeat by Sharon Creech is a book written in poetry. The story is of Annie, who loves to run. Annie lives with her pregnant mother, father, and grandfather. She loves to run with her friend Max. Max does not come from a very good home life and hopes that being a good runner will be his ticket out of town. Max tries to get Annie to join the girls track team, but she runs for the pleasure of running. Annie's mother has her baby and Annie begins to understand the circle of life by seeing the new baby with her grandpa.This book really hit home with me because my own grandpa is having health problems. I seemed to pick it up at just the right time.In the book Annie tells us about several assignment given to her by her teachers. Her art teacher has her draw 100 pictures of an apple. Her English teacher makes a list of words the students are not allowed to use in their writing. The English teacher also has them make a list of things they fear and love. I think all of these would be good assignments.
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We read about Annie, a 12- year old girl who loves to run and lives to run. She is surrounded by her family: her pregnant mother and alien baby inside her, a loving father, her ailing, forgettful grandfather and her best friend and running partner 'Moody' Max. This follows her dealing with normal childhood problems and the release she has with running and how she only does it for herself.
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This book is written in poetry and sometimes it's hard to understand but I love how Sharon Creech compares things to things that you would have never expected to be compared to. The ending is sort of a cliff hanger but it's good
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