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Girls on the Run

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Myths

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Shirley Climo, reteller

ATALANTA'S RACE: a Greek myth 
This retells the myth of the Greek princess, who was rejected by her father, raised by bears, won in marriage in a race by Melanion, and then changed into a lioness by the angry goddess Aphrodite.

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Claire Martin

THE RACE OF THE GOLDEN APPLES 
A Greek princess, raised by bears in the forest and then returned to her rightful place in the kingdom, refuses to marry unless the man can outrun her in a footrace.

 Picture Books for Older Readers

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Sharon Bell Mathis

RUNNING GIRL: THE DIARY OF EBONEE ROSE 
In her diary, Ebonee Rose records her passion for, her desire to be like the great African American women athletes who have come before her, and her preparations for the All-City Meet.

 Beginning Chapter Books (3-4 grades)

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Betty Hicks 

TRACK ATTACK 
Jazz is a born runner who loves being on the school's track team. Her biggest fan is her dad--and that is a problem. He gets over-involved in her training, talks too much to the coach, yells at the track ref, and cheers way too loudly during the meets. How can Jazz tell him to stay away from the track without hurting his feelings?

 Middle Grade Fiction (5-8 grades)

 

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Sharon Creech

HEARTBEAT
Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

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Adrian Fogelin

CROSSING JORDAN 
Twelve-year-old Cass meets her new African-American neighbor, Jemmie, and despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around their mutual talent for running and a pact to read Jane Eyre.

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Anna Levine
RUNNING ON EGGS 
When Karen and Yasmine become friends as well as members of a mixed Arab and Jewish track team in Israel, relatives and friends of both girls disapprove of the relationship.

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Carolyn Marsden
MOON RUNNER
When Mina discovers that she can run faster than her athlete friend Ruth can, she thinks she must choose between running and friendship.

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Carolyn McTighe
HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE AND OTHER LESSONS SCHOOL DOESN’T TEACH YOU
PJ Parker is a great sprinter, but her best friend, Katie, has no interest in competing, so when PJ tries to boost Katie's self esteem and Katie wins a race, it results in jealousy and anger between the two friends.


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Kate Messner
THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.
Gianna has less than one week to complete her leaf project if she wants to compete in the upcoming cross-country sectionals, but issues like procrastination, disorganization--and her grandmother's declining health--seem destined to keep her from finishing.


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Wendelin Van Draanen
THE RUNNING DREAM
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.


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Debby Waldman
ADDY'S RACE 
Addy has worn hearing aids for as long as she can remember. Her mother tells her this makes her special, but now that Addy is in grade six, she wants to be special for something she has done. When Addy joins the school running club to keep her best friend Lucy 
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