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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 and Camp 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...

ISBN: 9780143312185
Branch Call Number: J WAL


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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!

Dec 06, 2014

I really love this book. It is super amazing! it is also good for response journals. You should read it, you'll like it. Eric Walters is the best author ever!

Oct 13, 2014

Run - a Juvenile rated fiction about perhaps Canada’s most fondly remembered Canadian. The book is endorsed by The Terry Fox Foundation. Run will inform both young students and remind older readers about a truly Canadian Hero; the best of what we are as a nation. It will touch the hearts of young and old. I recall vividly as a young adult how our interest grew in Terry after he began his quest to run across Canada after losing his right leg to cancer and how our nation mourned the loss of Terry Fox when he lost his battle with cancer June 28, 1981. Run should be read by every young Canadian student to introduce them to Terry Fox and what he stood for. Terry defines for a young reader: courage, integrity, resilience, love and friendship, determination, and demonstrates the will necessary to overcome whatever challenges lie in your path to success. My congratulations to Canadian author Eric Walters on yet another fantastic book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Oct 08, 2014

read book for school assignment. it's awesome!!!! :)

Jul 29, 2011

i really enjoyed this book and i think that you will love it it when you read it

Yasou_no_Hanabi Apr 09, 2011

This was a great book. Eric Walters is amazing.

naomic Oct 09, 2010

Run is a great book! good for writing reader response journals 2...eric walters protrays terry fox very well! :)
read it! trust me it's good!

Sep 23, 2010

A great book! That's all I can say.

Sep 15, 2010


Jul 06, 2010

Eric Walters is a Canadien author and Terry Fox is a canadien hero. Eric Walters portrays Terry fox very well and has so much good information. Definitly suggest it for anyone who loves Terry Fox and also grade 5-6 teachers looking for a good novel study book.

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Oct 13, 2014

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Aug 10, 2011

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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