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Running on Empty

by Sonya Spreen Bates

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track & field, law & crime, multigenerational
list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: 2018
ISBN:9781459816534
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
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Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
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Description

Everyone expected Leon Kline, anchor for the 4x100 sprint relay, to secure Gilburn High's spot in the record books. But a freak accident on the final stretch changes everything. Suddenly his future is gone. No more running, no scholarship, no college. But then he meets sassy and straight-talking Casey De Vries, and life doesn't look quite so bleak. She even gets him running again. He can't sprint anymore, but he can handle longer distances. As he gets to know Casey better, he realizes that something is not quite right. How can he help her if she won't tell him what’s going on?

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Editorial Reviews

"Spreen Bates deftly takes the reader through the ups and downs of growing up. She expertly portrays real life struggles without making them too clich&eacute. Moreover, in Leon Kline, we have found a character for whom the reader is willing to root."

— CM Magazine

"This is a solid book with contemporary themes and it works well…Leon is well fleshed out as a character."

— Resource Links

"Sports fans will be drawn to the book by it's subject matter. The fully developed characters and story line packs a punch."

— School Library Journal
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About the Author

Sonya Spreen Bates

Sonya Spreen Bates is a Canadian writer living in South Australia. She grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, where she obtained a degree in linguistics from the University of Victoria. She then studied speech-language pathology at Dalhousie University and has spent many years working with children with communication disorders, often writing her own stories to use in therapy. Traveling to Australia was always an aspiration, but she never imagined she'd be living there one day. Sonya began writing children's fiction in 2001, inspired by her two daughters and their love of the stories she told them. She now writes for children and adults, and has been published in Australia and New Zealand as well as Canada. For more information, visit www.sonyaspreenbates.com.
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