The Pumpkin Runner

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Dial Books for Young Readers, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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"Nearly all the sheep ranchers in Blue Gum Valley rode horses or drove jeeps to check on their sheep. But Joshua Summerhayes liked to run...with Yellow Dog trailing behind him." So it's no surprise when Joshua decides to enter a race from Melbourne to Sydney. People laugh when old Joshua shows up in his overalls and gumboots, calmly nibbling a slice of pumpkin for energy. But then he pulls into the lead, and folks are forced to sit up and take noticeE?. Inspired by a true event (and just in time for fall's pumpkin harvest!) a talented team introduces a humble and generous hero who knows that winning isn't always the reason to run a race. Marsha Diane Arnold made "an impressive debut" (School Library Journal) with the multi-award-winning Heart of a Tiger (Dial). Brad Sneed most recently illustrated Smoky Mountain Rose (Dial), an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists that Publishers Weekly said will "make readers 'happy as a pig in a peanut patch.' " Marsha Diane Arnold lives in Sebastopol, California. Brad Sneed lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.

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User Review  - novalibrarymom - LibraryThing

While particularly appropriate for fall, this book, with its tall-tale feel, can be enjoyed year round. It tells the story of Joshua Summerhayes, an unremarkable rancher who does a remarkable thing ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Noting her story's origins in the true tale of a 61-year-old Australian farmer who beat much younger runners in a 542-mile race from Sydney to Melbourne in 1983, Arnold (The Chicken Salad Club, p. 808 ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Marsha Diane Arnold lives in Sebastopol, California.

Pierre Pratt lives in MontrA(c)al, QuA(c)bec, Canada.

Brad Sneed has illustrated almost twenty picture books, some of which he has also written. His titles include Deputy Harvey and the Ant Cow Caper; Aesop's Fables; and When Wishes Were Horses. He lives in Kansas.

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