A Heart in the Body in the World

Each step on Annabelle’s 2,700 mile cross-country run brings her closer to facing a trauma from her past. So that’s what Annabelle does–she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how–muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person–The Taker–that haunts her.

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.

Adventure, Family, Friendship, Realistic
Deb Caletti
Simon Pulse
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Booklist Starred, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Starred, Kirkus Review Starred, Publisher’s Weekly Starred
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