Last year Gabrielino High School and the City of San Gabriel announced the inaugural year of the “One City, One Book, One Read” program. As you’ll remember, last year’s selection was The Hobbit.
The official selection for the Summer 2014 One City, One Book, One Read is The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen. The Running Dream is a Schneider Family Book Award, and was also one of the California Young Reader Medal Nominees in the Young Adult category (it lost in the end to Divergent).
The Running Dream is about a teenager named Jessica who loves to run— it is her passion. But on the way to a track meet the team van is broadsided and Jessica loses her leg as a result. The book follows Jessica through her rehabilitation. Her return from the accident become a way to celebrate friendship, the power of coaches, and to recognize that no one is “disabled,” just differently-abled.
Please join us in reading The Running Dream this summer. Sharron Heinrich and the San Gabriel Librarian, Julie Sorensen, will present the new book selection to the City Council on the evening of June 3rd.