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Newbery Medalist Creech (Walk Two Moons) masterfully weaves this story, told in free verse, about a young girl finding her identity and learning how it fits within the many rhythms of life.
Hardcover, Large Print, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors for young adults, and although I enjoy all of her books, this is one of her best. The entire book is written in poetic free verse (like Love That Dog ), and I love that form of storytelling--it is extraordinarily expressive with just a few words. If you want to see what I mean, you should read a chapter on the author's website. As always, she delivers an insightful story about growing up and finding one's place in the world amongst the everyday drama o ...more
Abby Johnson
Annie loves to run. Annie loves to draw. These are constants in her life when so many other things seem to be changing. Her mother's having a new baby. Her grandfather is losing his memory and sometimes doesn't recognize himself. And everyone keeps asking Annie about her friendship with Max. Are they just friends? Or are they something more?

This quiet novel in verse documents a year in Annie's life and how she deals with it. She realizes that everything changes and she might have to change, too.
"Am I supposed to do something
It doesn't seem enough
to merely take up space
on this planet
in this country
in this state
in this town
in this family."

―Annie, Heartbeat, P. 28

All of life comes down to the heartbeat, doesn't it? For the very old and the newborn babe, the extravagantly wealthy and the dirt poor, the deliriously happy and those in the midst of despair, the heartbeat is the sign that life goes on, that the body is functional and still capable of keeping itself going e
A simple but powerful book dealing with the many facets of life as a middle school girl, Heartbeat gives us a glimpse into the life of 12-year-old Annie. This book would be ideal for an early middle school girl dealing with the many facets of life. I like how the book encompasses birth, death, athletics, art, and family relationships all in one. In this way I think that it could appeal to many different types of kids. This book would be a great text for teaching punctuation and different types o ...more
Thump-thump, thump-thump. The sound twelve-year-old Annie’s heart makes when she runs, barefoot and happy. Running is her constant in a year of upheaval: her grandfather’s forgetfulness, her mother’s pregnancy, her best friend Max’s moodiness. Like the apple she is assigned to draw for one hundred days in a row, Annie must find the shades and light, the beauty, in all the changes, both rejuvenating and disintegrating, that are occurring around her.

In verse, Sharon Creech presents a girl solid i
Linda Lipko
This is a story of 12 year old Annie who loves to run. Told in poetic form, it is a story of friendship, family, of a birth of a brother and aging of her beloved grandfather.

There is nothing overwhelmingly special about this book, but it is worth time spent reading.

The author received a Newbery medal for Walk Two Moons. She is also the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for her book Ruby Holler.
NS-Lisa Skrzypczynski
Heartbeat is the story of twelve year old Annie who is dealing with the trials of being an adolescent girl living in a world of change. Annie’s life changes as her grandfather begins to forget more and more, her announces that she is going to have a baby, and her best friend in the whole world becomes very temperamental. Annie finds solace and peace through running. As the story continues, readers watch Annie grow and begin to realize that even though she cannot stop change, she is still loved a ...more
Mary Ann
I just love it when a character's thoughts and moods meld with mine in my mind, growing and becoming part of me. Novels in verse - usually written in free form poetry - have a particular way of doing this, where the narrator's voice almost flows into me. Heartbeat, by Sharon Creech, is a touching story that will appeal to tweens who love realistic fiction. While some kids read fantasy to escape, others love realistic fiction to connect to characters. Heartbeat is a treat for kids who enjoy explo ...more
Kath B.
Katherine Bald
Book Review #6
November 30, 2010
Run, Run, As Fast As You Can:
You Can’t Catch Me I’m Annie
The book Heartbeat, by Sharon Creech, is an amazing book about taking responsibility and believing in yourself. As the book is told through Annie’s eyes she discovers that she is in control of her options and that people can’t tell her what to do, however they can still persuade her. The book is set in present times and is expressed through poetry. Overall I give Heartbeat four
This book made me want to go running. I loved the main character, Annie because she was really clear about what she wanted and how she felt about things which was a sharp contrast to her friend, Max who was very moody and unsure about himself. When she talks about being in an art room with the smells and smocks, I think about when I used to visit my mom at work when she was an art teacher and the smells of her room and the wide open spaces her students had to work. That olfactory memory is very ...more
Oct 23, 2012 JoDean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls 12+ and women of all ages
I was really touched by this short novel written in verse. I find it amazing that I could know the characters so well with such sparse language.

I loved Annie, the main character, who loves running, her family, her friend (even though he gets snippy and rude), and herself. I love that she stays true to herself in spite of pressure to conform. I love that she adores her grandfather who is ailing with dementia; that she is amazed at the miracle of life. I love her perspective on old and new, begin
Brooke Kappeler
This book was okay but not my favorite. I liked the way it was written because it's different and interesting. However, I thought that it was a little boring at some parts and could've had more to the storyline.
It will take you an hour to an hour and a half to read it, and it will feel good.
Caitlin Lichtenberg
This is a story about Annie. She's 12 years old. She loves to run barefoot with her friend, Max. But sometimes Max is a little moody. It doesn't matter to Annie; Max is her best friend and she doesn't care. They run together barefoot everywhere. And that's kind of how Annie escapes and expresses herself. Her heartbeat is like the thumping of her feet against the ground. Annie's mother is pregnant, and she's going to have a baby, or an alien baby, or a baby horse. Annie likes to image what the ba ...more
Rebecca Roth
In my opinion there were some important symbols in this book.

One of the most important symbols in this book is the apple that Annie is drawing. This symbol shows that life and things you have gotten to know so well will eventually break down into nothing. However Annie drew the seed to show how even when something you love so much or someone, which in her case could be her grandpa, there is always a chance for a new beginning, which in her case is her new born brother Joe. She got to know this
Mercer W
"Heartbeat" by Sharon Creech is about a girl named Annie and her life throughout the story. Annie loves to run and as her life revolves around running, she must keep the balance while different events occur. Her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather is slowly slipping away, and she must continue to be a good friend and running buddy to her best friend Max.

"Heartbeat" is a very interesting book. It is written in the way a poem would be put together by using repetition and some personification.
Ok, she did it again. Not quite as powerful as Love That Dog and Hate That Cat but a very welcome addition to the theme. And don't worry - it's new characters with entirely new issues expressed by a kid who apparently writes poetry for pleasure, not for school. Thank you Ms Creech.
Kayma Jenkins
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it was a good book, however it was kind of straight forward and below my reading level. Heartbeat is about a twelve year old girl, Annie, who loves to run. She runs for many different reasons, to hear the sound of her feet, to calm her mind, and sometimes just to get away. Its pretty much just about her 12 year old life, its about change and seeing how she fits in the bigger scheme of things. She wants to know how she became who she is and who she will ...more
Jul 26, 2008 Michaela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any girl
Recommended to Michaela by: Mr. Durfee
This book was just beautiful. It isn't exciting (that is coming from a fantasy fanatic). But it makes you think. The character Annie and I think in the same reflective manner. She is believable and MAX is hot and awesome and amazing. What can I say? I'm all about the Angst-y, sulky, mood-swing-y, jerks. Any girl in a public school could enjoy this book, unless you deny that you are female. Then you need the school shrink.
Another novel written in verse - and I just loved it! I kept wondering why it had taken me so long to finally pick up this book and read it. I had a copy in my library in Ghana, there was a copy waiting for me here in Hong Kong - and yet only now, as it is part of Hong Kong's Battle of the Books 2014-15, I have finally read it. I read somewhere once that there is a time for every book - I guess my time for reading Heartbeat was only now, to truly appreciate and treasure it. I love the way how Sh ...more
Twelve year old Annie runs, and writes, and draws. In so doing she is able to define who she is and what matters to her, regardless of the pressures others try to exert upon her. This novel is told in Annie's free verse poems and covers her friendship with Max, her mother's pregnancy, her grandfather's mental decline, a long term art class assignment, and her love of running.

It all weaves together well. There is not much experimentation with form except the humorous use of footnotes in the poem
Brenda I.
Es el primer libro que leo de esta Autora y me ha encantado!
En mi caso mi libro tiene 198 paginas, rápidas de leer , por que dejenme decirle que esta escrito en Verso libre ! - único y original- palabras accesibles y hermosas.

" ...Me da miedo morir
y que mi familia muera

me da miedo desaparecer
sin saber
que has desaparecido
o quedarte solo
sin que nadie te quiera"

Annie es una niña de 12 años que le gusta salir a correr descalza, no corre por ganar o perder, simplemente por el placer de sentirse libr
I love Sharon Creech a lot. Her books are amazing. Personal favorite is Chasing Red bird and Walk two moons. Though i also loved Ruby Holler a lot. This book was very good. It was a easy read and i read it in one sitting. It was very good. It reminded me of love that dog/hate that cat.
Newbery Medalist Creech ("Walk Two Moons") masterfully weaves this story, told in free verse, about a young girl finding her identity and learning how it fits within the many rhythms of life.

Run run run. That's what twelve-year-old Annie loves to do. When she's barefoot and running, she can hear her heart beating . . . thump-THUMP, thump-THUMP. It's a rhythm that makes sense in a year when everything's shifting: Her mother is pregnant, her grandfather is forgetful, and her best friend, Max, is a
Shane Tatman
Being a huge fan of Sharon Creech's after reading Walk Two Moons, Bloomability, etc., I expected a bit more form Heartbeat. I just couldn't get as wrapped up in the characters or the plot as much as usual. This is probably because she wrote it in a more lyrical/poetic style.
I thought this was an awesome book and you will have to read it to find out about it because I don't remember because I read it such a long time ago and i just want you to know that Sharon Creech is an awesome author
Johanna Osborne
this book was in exsiting book wale a sad book.
This book is a lovely little snap shot of a 12-year-old girl's life told in poems. I read it very quickly but wish I had spent more time savoring the beautiful details with which Creech seasoned it. There are such deep and thoughtful moments that are so true to a pre-teen girl's thoughts. The main character is honest and sure of herself but is still feeling the normal growing pains. There are such tender moments throughout, including conversations with her grandpa who is losing his memory and he ...more
Read in literature class. I only actually got like halfway but I still 'read' it so im counting it. It was cute and really fast to read. i really want to finish the book...
Emily Bardin
Heartbeat follows Annie, a twelve-year-old who loves to run just for the sake of running. For a good portion of the book, the reader follows her in her bare foot running trips as she muses over the events that occur in her life. She wonders about her mother's pregnancy and the sibling she will be meeting soon, her moody friend Max, and the pressure she faces from Max and from the school track coach to join the track team.

The story of Annie is masterfully told in a voice recognizable as a young
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“...but it doesn't feel crazy to us.
It feels like what we do.”
“And what did I think
when I was small
and why did I forget?

And what else will I forget
when I grow older?

And if you forget
is it as if
it never happened?

Will none of the things
you saw or thought or dreamed
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