Taking the Lead (Lorimer Sports Stories) (Paperback)
Jonas is captain of his school track team. He runs to win, and his specialty is the 100m sprint. Mistakenly entered in the 400m at a meet, Jonas is angry that he's not guaranteed a win. When his team loses the relay race, Jonas unfairly turns on one of his teammates. Jonas's coach strips him of his captaincy and kicks him off the team. Soon he meets Darren, a vision- and mobility-impaired teen who wants to run a 5k race. Jonas agrees to help Darren train. Through working with Darren, Jonas learns a new appreciation for his sport and what it really means to be a winner.
About the Author
KAREN SPAFFORD-FITZ is the author of six books for children and teens, including the Lorimer SideStreets novels Push Back and Saving Grad, both named Resource Links' Year's Best. An avid runner, Karen has coached elementary and junior high students in cross-country running and in track and field. She recently ran a leg of a half marathon with a differently-abled athlete in a pushcart. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.