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Running on Dreams Paperback – January 1, 2007
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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
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
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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.
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.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book and am anxiously awaiting a new one from Mr. Heiman!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While making a worthy effort at demystifying autism spectrum disorder for adolescents, I cannot help but feel the author has failed to connect with his target audience. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by K. Kammer
This story was recommended by a counselor for 2 nephews who really enjoyed reading it!Published on September 10, 2008 by Lena-marie Lehner
The reviews on the back of this book focus upon the character with Asperger syndrome. Doing so to this intricate and well-paced saga of a year in two young men's lives is an... Read morePublished on July 19, 2008 by Tracy Koretsky