Monday, February 12, 2018

Nonfiction Monday

The 2018 Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 16th. If you’re looking for some inspiration, then I have just the story for you.

DREAM BIG A True Story of Courage and Determination by Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, is an autobiographical picture book that captures Dave’s physical and mental struggle to realize his dream of being a successful athlete.

Too small to be the popular choice for team sports and always picked last, he discovers running at the age of 12. Encouraged by his beloved grandpa, Dave adds a mile to his run on every birthday. At 17, with no training or experience, he sets his sights on completing in the Boston Marathon, only to collapse at mile 18 and end up in a hospital instead of the finish line. Dave puts his feelings of failure aside and begins a serious training regimen, but more disappointments and challenges await.
His grandpa dies just a couple of months into training. Despite the loss, Dave perseveres, but when the big day finally arrives, Dave wakes up sick. Determined to race in memory of his grandpa, Dave soon falters and partway through mile 21 he fears he go another step. Slumped on the sidewalk, he discovers he’s at his grandfather’s cemetery. Memories of his grandpa inspire Dave as he struggles to his feet and finishes the race…a failure no longer.
Young readers will discover an inspiring story that carries a strong message of courage, perseverance, and the ability to overcome challenges. Better yet is Dave’s closing remarks as he explains that his dream of becoming an athlete was transformed into an opportunity to provide other athletes with the chance to realize their running goals by his willingness to explore alternate paths to success. 
Award-winning artist, Ron Himler’s illustrations create a lovely visual journey that serves the text well without overpowering the narrative.
An illustrated map of the Boston Marathon route and a final page of related activities completes the book.
Recommended for school and home libraries.

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