Click the “Running/Track” link above to find texts for the running/track enthusiasts in your classroom.  Enjoy!


^ Nonfiction

# Other: Poetry, Drama, etc.

*Grade levels are based on reviews from sources such as School Library Journal, Booklist, etc. They do not necessarily represent Alan’s views on grade level appropriateness.


A Secret EdgeA Secret Edge by Robin Reardon (LGBTQ; Grades 9-12)

Again to Carthage: A NovelAgain to Carthage: A Novel by John L. Parker

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen^ Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Twig Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers (Multicultural; Grades 8-12)

David Inside OutDavid Inside Out by Lee Bantle (LGBTQ; Grades 9-12)

ghost  Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Muliticultural; Grades 5-9)

IronmanIronman by Chris Crutcher (Bullying, LGBTQ; Grades 8-12)

Losing Is Not an OptionLosing is Not an Option by Rich Wallace (Grades 7-10)

Maniac MageeManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Bullying, Multicultural, Racism; Grades 6-10)

None   None of the Above by I.W. Gregario (Female Protagonist; Grades 9-12)

See Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (Female Protagonist)

Oh. My. Gods.Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (Female Protagonist; Grades 7-10)

RoadOn the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor (Female Protagonist; Grades 7-10)

Once a Runner: A NovelOnce a Runner by John L. Parker

One Good PunchOne Good Punch by Rich Wallace (Grades 7-10)

  Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

RunnerRunner by Carl Deuker (Grades 7-10)

Running^ Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of the Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong and Mark Tabb (Multicultural; Video Companion)

Running on EggsRunning on Eggs by Anna Levine (Multicultural, Female Protagonist; Grades 4-7)

Stupid FastStupid Fast by Geoff Herbach (Grades 7-12)

SwollenSwollen by Melissa Lion (Female Protagonist; Grades 8-12)

The Fastest Man Alive: The True Story of Usain Bolt^ The Fastest Man Alive: The True Story of Usain Bolt by Usain Bolt and Shaun Custis (Multicultural)

Illegal The Illegal by Lawrence Hill (Multicultural)

   The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe

The Miseducation of Cameron PostThe Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth (Female Protagonist; LGBTQ; Grades 9-12)

The Runner (Tillerman Cycle (Pb))The Runner by Cynthia Voigt (Grades 6-10)

The Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (Female Protagonist; Grades 7-10)

  ^ Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

What They Always Tell UsWhat They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson (LGBTQ; Grades 9-12)

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