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Children's Fiction Track & Field

Just Run

by (author) Deb Loughead

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2011
Track & Field, General, Track & Field, General
Recommended Age
10 to 13
Recommended Grade
4 to 8
Recommended Reading age
7 to 10
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2011
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2011
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2011
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Fourteen-year-old Daisy Howson is a take-charge kind of girl, maybe even something of a control freak. She means well--she just wants everything to run smoothly, especially on her relay team. But when someone tries to sabotage the boys' relay team Daisy suspects her own team may be involved. Can she sort it all out and fix everything up again before the city championship meet?

About the author

Deb Loughead is the author of more than twenty-five books for children and young adults. She completed an English degree at the University of Toronto before working as a copy editor. She turned to creative writing after deciding to stay home to raise her three sons. Deb's books have been translated into seven languages, and her award-winning poetry and adult fiction have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications. In addition to having extensive experience with educational writing, Deb has conducted workshops and held readings at schools, festivals and conferences across the country. She has written and directed children’s plays and taught creative writing classes for adults in Toronto. Deb likes to spend her non-writing time reading, knitting or hanging around horses as a therapeutic riding volunteer. Deb lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit

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  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild Selection

Editorial Reviews

"...the book will appeal to a broad audience, and readers who are athletic, like Daisy, will find it very easy to identify with her.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Daisy's voice and perceptions ring true, and the story, hinging on her choices, is involving. A solid choice for reluctant readers and track fans.

Booklist Online (US)

"This book has an engaging and interesting story...The situations that Daisy finds herself in, at home and at school, are handled (or blown out of proportion) in a manner that is consistent with Daisy's age. All in all, this book is a solid addition to this series."

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