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As his teen characters struggle with the daily difficulties of friends, family and finding a place to fit in the world, Heiman deftly draws us into the primary challenge of adolescence: to find the courage to be true to yourself. Running on Dreams reminds us that to run the race with heart is to win the prize. --John Sexton,Young Adult Librarian, Ashland Public Library, Oregon<br /><br />Running on Dreams is a story of two middle school boys searching to discover where they fit in the world while searching for friendship.This is an excellent introduction to what if feels like to have a pervasive developmental disorder and would be beneficial to anyone seeking to understand that we are all more alike than different. I will enthusiastically share this book with students, parents and staff that I work with. --Elisa Gagnon, M.S. Ed., Autism/Asperger Syndrome Consultant, Overland Park, Kansas<br /><br />What a compelling and uplifting story of a most unlikely pair of teens the popular, athletic track star and his socially challenged classmate with autism. This coming-of-age novel is an inspirational read for anyone searching for the true meaning of friendship and acceptance. --Joan Clark MA, CCC-SLP, Author of Jackson Whole Wyoming

As his teen characters struggle with the daily difficulties of friends, family and finding a place to fit in the world, Heiman deftly draws us into the primary challenge of adolescence: to find the courage to be true to yourself. Running on Dreams reminds us that to run the race with heart is to win the prize. --John Sexton,Young Adult Librarian, Ashland Public Library, Oregon

Running on Dreams is a story of two middle school boys searching to discover where they fit in the world while searching for friendship.This is an excellent introduction to what if feels like to have a pervasive developmental disorder and would be beneficial to anyone seeking to understand that we are all more alike than different. I will enthusiastically share this book with students, parents and staff that I work with. --Elisa Gagnon, M.S. Ed., Autism/Asperger Syndrome Consultant, Overland Park, Kansas

About the Author

Herb Heiman, a professional pantomime performer, entertains students of all grade levels throughout southern Oregon. A middle-school special education assistant instructor for 12 years, Herb writes and produces educational television shows for the Southern Oregon Educational Services network. Herb and his wife, Elaine, have three sons and five grandchildren and love the rural, laid-back life of the art/agriculturally-blended community of Talent, OR.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931282285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931282284
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The week I first met Herb Heiman this book was published. I met him in his "other life," as a 40-year veteran of TaiChi. His ability to see the gifts in every human being shows up just as strongly in this book as it does in his teaching.

Running on Dreams is a beautiful story that will clean the windows of your heart. Having lived this story with my own child, I know, first hand, the joys, the frustrations, and the terrific sadness that comes with the territory Herb has so masterfully described. Running on Dreams show us, right up close and personal, what it's like being on both sides of the experience of autism.

It's a wonderful book, not just for young adults, but for anyone who wants to understand more about what it's like to cope with the very different experience of the world that people with aspergers live everyday. The story is told from a truly compassionate point of perception. Every parent, every sibling, every neighbor, every teacher, and certainly every school and social service administrator who needs to better understand the everyday challenges of coping with aspergers will benefit deeply from reading it.

I recommend you get a copy for yourself today. Then get five more copies and give them away to others who need to clean the windows of their hearts, too.
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Brad, 15 has a lot going for him. A track star at the Oregon high school he attends, he also has a good track record academically. He has an older sister, Amy, 19 who has undefined differences and an eating disorder.

Justin, also 15 is an only child who has Asperger's Syndrome which is the spectrum partner to autism. A walking encyclopedia of classic rock knowledge, he is also a Beatle fan who has his first experience in a mainstream/inclusion program. A good resource room teacher helps Justin along in the inclusion process.

Enter Brad. He has signed on for extracurricular activities and decided to pitch in with the resource students. Justin's teacher describes Justin to Brad, feeling that the boys will be a good match. The boys also happen to share the same birthdate.

After some rocky starts, Brad reluctantly rises to the challenge. He feels Justin's blunt statements and willingness to stand by what he believes in even if it means compromising popularity and status might embarrass him. After all, Brad is a track star who has an attractive, albeit shallow and self centered girlfriend and the image that Justin only fantasizes about having.

Brad's friend Pat and Pat's girlfriend Linda, whom Brad describes as a dog help Brad re-evaluate his priorities. In time, he realizes that the trophy girlfriend; the image; the plaudits and middle school status are not the most important priorities in his life. He gets involved with Special Olympics and offers to work with Justin on improving his running and agility.

Excellent dialog and delightful, plausible characters make a good story even better. This is a good book for all ages and the obvious message of tolerance and acceptance can never be overstated.
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I bought this book because I was searching for a book on teens with disabilities as I have a good friend with a child with Asperger's. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to find Mr. Heiman's well-written and insightful look into the joys and sorrows of his characters' lives. It is rare to find someone who can write about the feelings of young people with such honesty and empathy and still create an entertaining read.

I highly recommend this book and am anxiously awaiting a new one from Mr. Heiman!
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Author Herb Heiman masterfully offers up a novel about two teenage boys - Justin, who has Asperger's, and Brad, the school's popular track star - on their journey to self discovery. Kudos to Heiman for his real-life descriptions of the thoughts and feelings of both boys as they come to know more about each other and question their place in the world. Wonderful, positive example to readers about the ways we are all more alike than different. Excellent for teens both on and off the spectrum, their parents and teachers.
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