The Runner

The Runner

eBook - 2013
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Preferring to be cut from the team rather than break his own rules, which include closing himself off rather than letting down his guard, Bullet Tillerman learns from his friend Patrice that running well does not mean running away. A Speeding Bullet, Bullet Tillerman runs. He runs to escape the criticism of his harsh, unforgiving father. He runs to numb the pain of his mother's inability to express her love. He is the star of the school track team, but he isn't a team man and doesn't want to be. Bullet runs for himself. Bullet is unlikely choice to be asked to coach a new, African-American team member. But in coaching Tamer Shipp, Bullet learns some things about himself, who he is, and who he can perhaps become.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013
ISBN: 9781442489165
1442489162
Branch Call Number: EBOOK YA OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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MADKC4Ever
Jul 03, 2014

Now, I didn't know this before I started reading this book, but this is part of the Tillerman Family series, none of which I have read. But this is a great stand-alone book, and you will definitely feel emotion at the very end. It starts off kind of slow, but it gets better as the charecter starts to develop. My first reaction, Bullet is a jerk. By the middle, I still thought that. By the end, I still thought that, but I understood him a little better. Overall, a good read, and the very end will leave you with some feeling that there is going to be more going on with Bullet's mother (thus, the Tillerman series.)

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"He ran because it was what he did, what he was. He didn't run to win races, or to beat anybody. He ran because his body was built for it. He ran for himself. Simple as that."

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