RunBook - 2003
This first book for young readers about Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope, written by one of Canada's best-known writers for young adults, is a blending of fact and fiction, fully endorsed by The Terry Fox Foundation. In his trademark page-turning style, Eric Walters tells the story of Winston MacDonald. In trouble again after a suspension from school and a runaway attempt, Winston is sent to spend time with his father, a journalist who is heading to Nova Scotia to cover a human-interest story about a man trying to run across the country. When Winston meets Terry Fox and his best friend, Doug, he's impressed by their determination to achieve what seems like an impossible goal. But will their inspiring story be enough to make Winston change his ways?
Random House, Inc.
In conjunction with the Terry Fox Foundation, award-winning author Eric Walters brings Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope to life for a whole new generation of young readers
This first book for young readers about Terry Fox and the Marathon of Hope, written by one of Canada’s best-known writers for young adults, is a blending of fact and fiction, fully endorsed by The Terry Fox Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians participate in the Terry Fox Run each year and this book will further enhance their knowledge of Terry’s epic journey.Run introduces a national hero to a new generation of readers.
In his trademark page-turning style, Eric Walters, bestselling author of Trapped in Ice andCamp X, tells the story of Winston MacDonald. In trouble again after a suspension from school and a runaway attempt, Winston is sent to spend time with his father—a journalist who hasn’t been around much since his family split up a year ago.
Travelling to Nova Scotia with his father, who is covering what he thinks is just a human interest story about a man trying to run across the country, Winston spends a day with Terry Fox and his best friend, Doug. Their determination to achieve what seems like an impossible goal makes a big impression on Winston, and he takes courage and inspiration from Terry’s run. He is overjoyed when his father’s article about the Marathon of Hope ignites public interest across the country.
But when Winston discovers that his father’s next article about the Marathon of Hope will characterize Terry and Doug in an unflattering way, he is furious with his father and fearful of betraying his friends. Unsure of what to do or where to turn, Winston decides it is time to make a run for it himself...
Baker & Taylor
Winston, suspended from school, is sent to stay with is father, a newspaper journalist writing about Terry Fox's marathon run across Canada, and makes friends with and learns from the young cancer patient during his run.
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ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 07, 2018
A well-written fictional account of Terry Fox's run. I was fortunate to attend an author reading with Eric Walters and Doug Alward who was Terry's best friend. An unforgettable experience!
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This novel takes place during Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope in 1980. During this time in Canadian history, Terry Fox selflessly began his run across Canada with the hope of inspiring millions to donate money for cancer research. Terry Fox died in 1981, after the cancer spread to his lungs. He made it as far as Thunder Bay, Ontario, after having journeyed from Newfoundland, and became a national hero.
The narrator and main character of the novel is fourteen-year-old Winston MacDonald of Toronto. He is unhappy with just about everything in his life. His parents are divorced and they fight constantly. Winston's father (also named Winston, but
called Mac) has always dedicated more time to his career as a journalist than to his family. Winston's mother is extremely frustrated with her son's behaviour, and is at her wit’s end when he is suspended from school and runs away yet again. She insists that her ex-husband take him for a few days, even though he is on his way to Nova Scotia to cover the story of Terry Fox, a young cancer survivor who is running across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
Winston is disrespectful to everyone, but especially his father. As he spends time with Terry and his friend Doug, however, Winston begins to learn some important life lessons about himself and his relationships. His journey back to his family and school comes from conversations with Terry and Doug, who are sure of their mission and are patient with each other, even when they argue. Such positive attitudes and the fact that they put their words into action inspire Winston. He learns to respect Doug, who has put his life on hold for a year to help his friend accomplish his dream. He also respects Terry, who never makes an issue of himself or his physical pain, but always talks about how he can help others. Winston begins to talk to Mac, who has also been influenced by Terry. Winston promises Terry that he will go back to school, dealing with the challenges life offers.
The climax of the story occurs when Mac decides to write about the conflicts between Doug and Terry, rather than about Terry’s run itself. Winston tries to argue that the real story is Terry's run, and that Mac’s angle could take away from that. He’s afraid Canadians may forget about the meaning behind this mission, and possibly stop their donations. Winston wants to run away again, but after Mac intentionally misses his deadline for the first time since beginning work as a journalist, Winston realizes his father has changed, and that they are finally beginning to understand one another.
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