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If middle school were a race, Joseph Friedman wouldn't even be in last place-he'd be on the sidelines. With an overactive mind and phobias of everything from hard-boiled eggs to gargoyles, he struggles to understand his classes, let alone his fellow classmates. So he spends most of his time avoiding school bully Charlie Kastner and hiding out in the Resource Room, a safe place for misfit kids like him. But then, on the first day of seventh grade, two important things happen. First, his Resource Room teacher encourages (i.e., practically forces) him to join the school track team, and second, he meets Heather, a crazy-fast runner who isn't going to be pushed around by Charlie Kastner or anybody else. With a new friend and a new team, Joseph finds himself off the sidelines and in the race (quite literally) for the first time. Is he a good runner? Well, no, he's terrible. But the funny thing about running is, once you're in the race, anything can happen.
Publisher: [United States] : Abrams, 2017
ISBN: 9781683351207
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 10, 2018

1. This book is super great with a lot of roadblocks and stopping Joseph to be happy. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story with Joseph making friends with his cross-country teammates and even Heather. Who is a new girl in school and super fast at running and at soccer. But then Heather might be moving to Hawaii but then when she was at the last race, her dad gave her a sign meaning home so she doesn't have to go. She stops and hugs her dad and lets two people get in front of her.

2. This book was just plain awesome. It teaches about faith, and courage, and I especially like the part at the league meet, and Joseph blocks the Brockton boys while they were trying to pass him. There are a lot of sadness to, like Heather's mom staying in Hawaii, and wanting her to move there. This book is also about competition, where Heather would do everything to stop people from passing her on cross-country. She has learned that winning is sometimes not the most important thing in the world, and Joseph leaned that it doesn't matter what other people do, he can just set his own personal record. This book funny, entertaining, and encouraging.

OPL_KrisC Apr 14, 2018

This is a heartwarming story about a 7th Grade boy who joins the school's cross country team on the recommendation of his Resource teacher and ends up with some unexpected results. Joseph has ADD, doesn't have friends and gets bullied frequently, but things start to turn around when he joins the cross country team. I think a lot of kids will be able to relate to Joseph and find common ground. I especially love how Joseph learns to stand up for himself and for others by the end of the book.


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