Marilyn Levy Run for Your Life

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Run for Your Life

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Thirteen-year-old Kisha gains confidence and makes new friends when she joins a recreation community track team, but she must face and eventually overcome the grim realities of her life when she trains for a national track meet

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Marilyn Levy is a former English teacher who also has a Masters degree in Psychology. Though she has continued working with teenagers in her private practice, she has become a prolific author. Several of her novels, including her last one, Run for Your Life, have been chosen for ALA Best Book awards. In 2001, a film script she wrote about the life of Alma Mahler was released by Paramount Classics. Marilyn Levy lives and works in Santa Monica, California.

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Grade 6-9?Focus and purpose can change a life. This theme underlies Levy's story about Kisha Clark and some girls from an inner-city project. There are many elements of successful fiction here. Several characters, including Kisha and her best friend Natonia, have some depth. Drug trafficking and violence are among the nightmarish conditions with which these youngsters must cope. Levy deals honestly with her characters, some of whom are sexually active at age 14. Kisha's unemployed father's frustrations and self-doubt lead to spousal abuse, triggered by her mother's attempt to better herself in spite of her husband's objections. Natonia is sexually abused by her two uncles. Into this milieu comes Darren, a dedicated and enthusiastic community service worker who seems to know exactly how to reach these youngsters. His idea for a girl's track team takes hold, and it is this focus that gives these young women hope and improves their self-esteem. An understanding English teacher offers a safe haven to Natonia and manages to have just the talents needed to assist the team. In spite of some convenient twists, two adults who are almost too good to be true, and the author's attempt to deal with too many problems, this is a highly readable and engrossing story that demonstrates how poverty can cripple succeeding generations of a family.?Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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