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Harper Collins, Sep 27, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Run run run.

That's what twelve-year-old Annie loves to do. When she's barefoot and running, she can hear her heart beating . . . thump-THUMP, thump-THUMP. It's a rhythm that makes sense in a year when everything's shifting: Her mother is pregnant, her grandfather is forgetful, and her best friend, Max, is always moody. Everything changes over time, just like the apple Annie's been assigned to draw. But as she watches and listens, Annie begins to understand the many rhythms of life, and how she fits within them.


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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

Mediocre. It's very similar in style and voice to Love That Dog, and it's a VERY easy read. Totally accessible cute little story for middle school girls whose reading levels are not up to par. Two of my 8th grade girls loved it. Read full review

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User Review  - ulindsay - LibraryThing

This book would be great to use in a classroom since it is a unique and approachable way to teach poetry. The theme is probably life's lessons, accepting them, both the good and the bad. It's well written and captivating. Read full review

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Page 26 - One day, he asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I answered, "A theologian.
Page 77 - PERSPECTIVE Apples, apples, apples thirty drawings of one apple. The first ten looked pretty much alike which was starting to bother me and then one day when I was out running I glanced at budding branches overhead and was thinking about spring and the coming of...
Page 187 - Annie, who is trying to place herself on this spectrum of life. Where does she fit in? She wonders what it would be like to be old, and what it would be like to be an infant, and how she became who she is, and who exactly is she, and why is she here. These are questions I had when I was Annie's age, when my grandparents were aging, and when my...
Page 185 - ... took a car trip. They often visited Quincy, Kentucky, where her cousins lived on a farm. Creech is especially fond of her family's trip to Idaho when she was twelve. These experiences have made their way in to many of Creech's novels. When Creech was young, she dreamed of being many things, including a painter, an ice skater, a singer, a teacher, and a reporter. Even though she spent a lot of her time reading and writing as a child, she never thought she would be an author. (continued) FOCUS...
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Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in upstate New York.

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