The Runner

The Runner

by Cynthia Voigt
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The Runner by Cynthia Voigt

It was the 1960s, the time of the Vietnam War. "Bullet" Tillerman, the school track star, had to decide if he would go to fight or stay on the family farm. Bullet's father, who had already driven Bullet's older brother and sister out of the house, made impossible demands on him. And his mother seemed to have lost the will to resist the old man. Meanwhile, at school, a black student joined the track team, forcing Bullet to question his own prejudices. But nothing would keep him from running. Nothing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442428812
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/10/2012
Series: Tillerman Cycle Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 184,851
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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Runner 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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She walks in and sits on a flat rock beside the river. She puts her paw poised above the water. Moments pass. Then she sinks her paw in and scoops out a gleaming trout. She kills it with one blow then looks around. "Stonerunner?" She calls. * Stonerunner appears holding a vole and a hawk. "Pick up your mouse then lets return to camp."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A book about a young man named Bullet Tillerman. He is a great runner and is even the star of the school track team, but he is not much of a team man. He is kind of a rebellious kid. He does not do what he is told and does what he wants. He runs for himself and nobody else. He runs to relieve the pressure from his know-it-all father and to get away from anything else that is bothering him. Everything changes when his coach asks him to help a new African-American teammate, Tamer Shipp, with his running. He refuses to help him because of his own prejudice problems and as a result, gets kicked off the team. Bullet finds a way to occupy all of his newly found free-time by spending hours with Patrice, an old wise man and Bullet¿s friend / employer. When Patrice ends up asking him why he is no longer on the track team, Bullet tells him it is because the Tamer is ¿colored.¿ Patrice is quite surprised with his response because he himself, is ¿colored,¿ as Bullet calls them. Patrice gets Bullet thinking. He soon comes to realize that no matter what color your skin is, you will still be yourself and that the only thing that matters is what kind of person you are. After he comes to realize all of this, he finally goes back to the track to help Tamer with his running technique and Tamer helps Bullet learn more about himself. The Runner was a surprisingly moving book. The theme of the book is to not judge another person by the color of their skin but by the person underneath. The beginning started off pretty intense and then it cooled down and the book became boring. Something I disliked about this book was the fact that some parts made me completely bored out of my mind and the other parts kept me interested in continuing on with the book. One thing that I liked about the book was the main character, Bullet, because he was rebellious in his own way and he kind of reminded me of myself in many ways, personality wise keeping inner thoughts inside, not caring much about what is happening around them, selfish most of the time, and angry at a lot of people and things. Something else that I liked about this book was the conversations between Tamer and Bullet. I thought that their conversations were comical sometimes. I would definitely recommend this book because it is a good read and you can relate to Bullet in more than one way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was okay. It was good if you had read the books before it in the Tillerman Cycle. the character was okay, but I still cried at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some parts of this book really got me into it, but some left me bored. So overall its an ok book. I enjoyed the converstations between Tamer and Bullet. Black vs White
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story bullet it shows me of beying brabe and we all the people should not hate by color we are the same and god made us as brothers and sisters and it shows me to be brabe and have my desteny and it was a interested book. I like it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love running... i can't help it. When I heard about this book online, i wanted to read it more than anything. Once i finally got the chance, I dug right in. It was the best book I've ever read, and like Bullet, it's hard to get praise ot of me. This book inspired me to run more than ever. It was the only book that I looked foward to reading, Bullet is such an unusual character, that helps the book greatly. I highly recommend this book, especially to all the runners out there. I never thought they'd be able to make a good running story, even if it's mixed in with the racism of the earlier years. That only makes it better! Read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was amazed by how well this book was tied into the Homecoming series. You would think that it wouldn't be because of it's time period, somewhere in the 1950's or 1960's when the Tillerman's, introduced in the other books in the series, uncle was a rebellious teenager. Bullet, also known as Samuel, is an exceptional cross country runner who refuses to be boxed in by his father's controlling ways. His mother, who is also in the other books as the next generation of the Tillerman's granmother, Abigail, is silent. She stands by her over-bearing husband's side no matter what he says or does. This book describes the trials Bullet must face including when he is asked to train another cross country prospect, Tamer Shipp, later introduced as a minister in Come A Stranger. I recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a great book, especially those who have previously read other Cynthia Voigt books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think The Runner was a veyr boring and bad book because it didnt really have any point...it would skip from a subject to another one one. it was hard to understand, and was a VERY boring book! i would advise you not to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have ever read. A suspensfull thriller that keeps you reading to the very end. Another great Tillerman book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book that I have ever read. It is my favorite story in the world and I read it over and over again. I never get tired of it and I recomend it to anyone who enjoys reading. It is a sad but very encouraging story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Cynthia Voight, and this is my favorite of all her books. Maybe it's because I run and she does a great job capturing the way a runner is. I recommend this book!