Annie runs barefoot with Max, her neighbour, and sits with her grandfather who doesn’t leave the house much anymore. She jokes with her mom and dad about the alien baby 0060540222which grows into a pumpkin baby which grows into the baby they welcome into the world. Except Max joins the track team and Annie doesn’t want to. She knows herself well, she runs for the joy of it and doesn’t understand race mentality, although the coach who wants her to join the team thinks she’s scared. And this is where the book is truly beautiful. Annie masterfully answers the coach, because she knows the coach needs to win, while still maintaining the integrity of her running philosophy. Like one hundred different drawings of the same apple, Annie sees variations and perspectives that show something we might not have seen on our own.

Sharon Creech’s Heartbeat is truly a novel-in-verse, meaning it’s a story I can’t imagine being told any other way.

For teachers, here’s a discussion guide to several of Sharon Creech’s books.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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4 Responses to Heartbeat

  1. LuAnn Kern says:

    Thanks for this. I’m not familiar with the author/book, but I think it’s something my own daughter might be able to relate to. (Substitute swimming for running.) 🙂

  2. Sharon Creech is a wonder! I love her books! Thanks for sharing this one!

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