- Capa comum: 324 páginas
- Editora: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (12 de janeiro de 2018)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1976214262
- ISBN-13: 978-1976214264
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 2,1 x 21,6 cm
- Peso de envio: 485 g
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Spirit Runner (Inglês) Capa Comum – 12 jan 2018
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Ron Campbell is a 7-year old who wants to be a runner like his father who had been an Olympian. He is doing well until a devastating auto accident kills his immediate family and leaves him with mangled legs that physicians say may not even allow him to walk again. A kind, child oriented nurse sympathetically helps him through his somewhat extended hospital stay. Upon release, his grandfather, a wealthy rancher and former sheriff, assumes responsibility and bring him home to live with his daughter and her husband. They resent the child and are physically abusive because he provides an interference with their secret schemes to obtain the father’s money and land. Fortunately, a man who had stopped by for a time to earn money to continue his journey to California is a graduate rehabilitation therapist from his native Australia. He sees the boy and suggests to the grandfather that he can help him to walk but it would be best if he could monitor him on a 24-hour basis. Ron moves in with him and his therapy sessions begin and are aided by two friends, a young girl and slightly older boy from neighboring ranches. Ron gradually improves with his sessions but is plagued with mean tricks instigated by his aunt and uncle. From this point the story accelerates even more as through the years Ron’s legs strengthen and the aunt and uncle become more desperate and escalate their attacks even into attempts to cause his death and that of others because the grandfather considers changing his will in favor of Ron. The climax(s) actually are two. One describes the ultimate family situation finalization and the second concentrates on what happens with respect to Ron’s initial desire to emulate his father.
Discussion: The author has produced a fast-paced, well written tale about a likeable young protagonist with unsurpassed strength and fortitude, enjoyably believable friends and a credible plot. Granted, the story’s ending becomes pretty much predictable, but for any reader who appreciates a truly well written ‘feel good story’ this is a thoroughly enjoyable read that one does not want to miss.
In his dream race here’s what an announcer (who prior to the race placed him at 20th or 30th) said of him: “That kid, Ron Campbell, is the youngest one in the pack at twenty-years-old……. He’s an interesting character….. a combination of Davy Crockett and Paul Bunion…..his crossing a flash flood and riding out a landslide…. he won a big race with a broken toe. The most incredible tale …... Everyone in his family was killed in a tragic wreck except him. He was badly injured. He had broken bones, but the worst were in his legs. They were paralyzed and his doctor said he’d be lucky if he were ever to walk again. ….. his goal from that time on was to win the Olympic marathon and he’s never wavered from that. His father ran in the Olympics and led the marathon until a nut tackled him. Ron Campbell went through years of therapy and never gave up that dream.” …. It doesn’t matter where he ends up in this race. In my book, he’s a champion just for being here.”..with a following among handicapped people. Much like Arnie’s Army, they’re called Ron’s Wheelchair Brigade.”
This is the Spirit ¬Runner, Ron Campbell. What the announcement does not tell is about Ron’s life besides running – living under the covetous eyes of his Aunt and Uncle, and their abuse, countered with love from his Grandparents and friends, and the trickiness and incidents which endangers himself and his Grandparents; and how the three Musketeers planned, set up and forced his hunters to expose themselves to the law. He also stood to lose his father’s estate, until the last minute.
This is a book of young people (mainly) and adults who like young people. The author provides what is essentially an inspirational story of determination and friendship. We hear the advice from father, applicable to his running:” Pace yourself” ‘You can do it! Head up, shoulders back, and run!”; and we see this translated into life in general as ‘Stick to your goals; if you fall or slow down, pick yourself up and start all over again). But also very important for the reader (especially a young one), the author has done an excellent job of mixing danger with youthful play. Aided by their adult friends the trio becomes good guys taking on the evil ones almost openly without cloaks and daggers, or dark sunglasses.
I wondered why Ron always refused to tell his Grandfather or Linda or Gene about his interactions with his uncle and aunt and his suspicions. Though he often said this was to protect the adults, Linda and Gene, I think that he wanted to solve the issues himself with his two friends, making this a precursor to his doing it himself at his Olympic race.
I recommend this book for young adults and for older adults who can (for a while) cast off their adult garb and ‘become young again’