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Heartbeat

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"A stunning accomplishment. This story pierces the heart." --Chicago Sun-Times

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 a hundred times.

Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech masterfully weaves this tender and intuitive story told in free verse about a young girl beginning to understand the many rhythms of life, and how she fits within them.

Named one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

"Tenderhearted. Vintage Creech. Its richness lies in its sheer simplicity." --School Library Journal (starred review)

"The story soars as Annie's feet fly." --Bookpage
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 134 x 193 x 14mm | 141g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060540249
  • 9780060540241
  • 105,240

Back cover copy

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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Rating details

8,530 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 33% (2,816)
4 35% (3,012)
3 23% (1,990)
2 7% (570)
1 2% (142)

Our customer reviews

In this poetic novel by acclaimed author Sharon Creech, Annie, a twelve-year-old girl, is trying to find out who she is. A lot happens in this short one-hundred-and-eighty-page book. Annie's mother is pregnant, her grandfather is beginning to forget things, and her friend Max is extremely moody. Annie loves to run, and throughout the book there are "thump, thump, thump" lines where she can hear her heart beat in rhythm with her feet, which are running hard. Hence the title of the book. In Annie's art class, the students are asked to take an apple and draw a picture of it for one hundred days. At the end of the project the students are to turn in one hundred drawings. There are poems in the book devoted to the one apple. I love Ms. Creech's writing and admire her poetic style. The characters come alive as if you knew each one of them personally. I love reading books like that; they seem so real. HEARTBEAT is a simple, fun, fast read.show more
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