Stuart can run like the wind. It's a skill that has come in handy for him all his life. Born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), Stuart has learned to run away from all kinds of trouble &
Stuart can run like the wind. It's a skill that has come in handy for him all his life. Born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), Stuart has learned to run away from all kinds of trouble — at least, if he can recognize it. Sometimes it's hard for him to know when a friend really is a friend or when he's just bad news.
Sam is a basketball star destined to play on a university varsity team until he's sidelined by a dangerous heart condition. After losing the one thing that centers his world, Sam focuses his energy on helping his Best Buddy, Stuart, make the school track—and—field team.
But first, both Stuart and Sam must come to understand that there is a time to run and a time to stay where they belong.
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Lorna Schultz Nicholson is the author of many novels for children and teens, including Red Maple—nominated Fragile Bones: Harrison and Anna, Born With: Erika and Gianni, and Bent Not Broken: Madeline and Justin. A former radio host and health and lifestyle reporter, she is now a full—time author and presenter.
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Nominated for the 2019 Red Maple Fiction Award
A 2020 Skipping Stones Honor Book
"This is a touching coming-of-age story for both teens. Sam must learn that his life has great purpose without basketball. Stuart must learn how to tell a real friend from someone who is using him. Both boys must learn that change is not always a bad thing. Often it should be embraced."
— Skipping Stones Book Awards Jury