"A quiet, lyrical story that sensitively explores issues of friendship and being true to oneself." -- School Library Journal
When Mina, a self-professed "girlie-girl," discovers that she excels at track, her friends are as surprised as she is, especially competitive Ruth. Even more surprising is the way running seems to lift Mina up and make her happy. When Coach chooses her to run the fifty-meter against Ruth, Mina is torn. Should she slow down and let Ruth hold on to the spotlight? Or let herself soar? With subtlety and insight, Carolyn Marsden explores the delicate subject of competition between friends.
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Carolyn Marsden is the author of The Gold-Threaded Dress, which received much critical acclaim and was named a Booklist Top Ten Youth First Novel; Silk Umbrellas; and Mama Had to Work on Christmas. Of Moon Runner she says, "When my eleven-year-old daughter became a sudden track star, I sensed the potential for a good story. As the conflict developed between her and her athletic friend, I knew this was a story I had to write."