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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,489 ratings  ·  1,095 reviews
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 sens
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2004)
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Joanna
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, young-adult
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 dram ...more
Anna
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've ever read that is written in verse.
Rebecca McNutt
When a girl finds the people around her changing before her very eyes, especially her best friend Max, she isn't sure what to do anymore. Will she change with them, and will it turn out bad or good? Heartbeat is a poetry-styled story about growing up, maturity, and accepting the things you can't change in life. At times it's a little slow but the characters were likable and interesting, and the plot was easy to relate to.
Gina
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to say here - a sweet narrative written in poetry.
Momina
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is simple but powerful. It’s about a 12 year old girl who faces many trials in her life, but it’s also inspiring, despite the fact that she always has a positive attitude towards her future. This book is written in free verse, which makes it easy to read but also shares complex emotion. I think that this book is great because the author, ‘Sharon Creech’ didn’t put a lot of details , but enough desire to make you turning pages . The reason why I enjoyed this book is because it was a sho ...more
Heather
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love!!!

I adored this book. It reminds me of one of my favorite books called Out of the Dust. It's short and interesting and I love the way it's laid out. Just a simple, quick and laid back read
Kristen
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Abby Johnson
Jan 27, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
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Aryanamarin
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Heartbeat was a really good book i enjoyed it a lot.It was so emotional and funny at some times. I loved the characters that were in the book. It was a book that makes you think about life. I really liked heartbeat it was an amazing book.
Josiah
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
"Am I supposed to do something
important?
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
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Grace E
I really liked this book. It's very simple, yet it covers topics such as change, growing up, and finding your place in the world. If you're looking for a short read this one's perfect, it took me only about an hour or so to finish and i'm not even much of a reader.
Tatiana
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr. 4-6
Shelves: poetry
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
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katyjanereads
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1. Best hour of my life. Book wise. I literally hugged this book to my chest. I cried twice. I sighed heavily. I told my husband about it.
2. So much symbolism! Running and the baby=heartbeat=changes. The apple is new life (the seed) in the baby but celebrating old life with the grandpa (the bite and it browning). The apple and running also represent the changing of the relationship with Max.
3. One of my favorite quotes:
I wish that every baby everywhere
could land in a family
that wanted that b
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Linda Lipko
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Anna
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Moments of a young teenage girl told through what easily could have been diary entries. The entries included her thoughts and feelings about her mother's pregnancy, her aging grandfather experiencing memory loss, and her relationship with her running partner and friend, Max. It's nice sometimes to connect with our inner teen.
Jennifer
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a kids book, but it involves running so I had to read it! Annie runs, barefoot, cause she loves it. Perfect. She is asked to join the track team. But doesn't see why. Why someone has to win/lose or always run faster. Yep, exactly! So happy I took the time to read it!
Kate
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It will take you an hour to an hour and a half to read it, and it will feel good.
Mom2triplets04
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A middle grade book written in verse. It's told by an 11 year old girl. Her mom was having a baby and her grandfather is dealing with memory loss. Enjoyed the story.
Shelley
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
He's in training
he says
in training to escape.

*BEFORE I WAS BORN*

now she feels good--
like a goddess, she says

and it's one of the things
I like best about Max:
that he will run
barefoot
with me.

says we will have to
pick up the pace on the way back
and I tell him
he can pick up his own pace
but my pace is fine
...
and he says I will never get anywhere
if I don't pick up my pace
and I tell him
I don't need to go anywhere

my mother tells Grandpa
that he cannot kick the bucket
he is not allowed
because the alien baby
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Amy Brown
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting and fun book to read This book is about young Annie who is just going through well life. This book speaks of young Annie a twelve year old who I feel really relates to people in this age group. She is just trying to figure out life. What is she gonna do everything is changing. This happens to al of us and we just have to figure things out weather it be alone or with someone there to guide us. Sometimes the people that we thought were gonna always be there aren't. That ...more
Grace
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: trimester-1
This book was about Annie's life. Her two favorite things to do are running and coloring. Her art teacher gave their class an assignment, the assignment is to draw an apple each day only once a day for 100 days. And not too long before that she found that her mother is pregnant. And she fears that the baby won't be a human baby, or that it won't have all ten fingers or toes, or everything looks like a normal human being. Annie was at her best friend Max's running meet, she and Max run together e ...more
Amy Lou
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so absolutely fantastic. I was going to rate it four stars but then realized that I had no reason for doing so- it was just so well done and beautiful. It’s a fantastic middle grade and it definitely benefited from being written in verse. Some books don’t work well with that format and this was definitely not the case. Even though it’s incredibly short (especially so because of the format) I think it works very well for the story and I would definitely recommend it to young and old ...more
Anna Brown
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I quickly fell in love with this book. Annie was a very relatable girl. She had so much going on with her life throughout the book, and many times she was confused about her purpose and why these things kept happening in her life. Like Annie, sometimes I think that we just need to run. Run from problems, and just run for fun. This book depicted a story that was fiction, but also relatable to so many people going through different stages in their lives. I would definitely recommend this book. It ...more
Julian
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Laura Warner
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I first read this in fifth (fourth?) grade. I always enjoy Sharon Creech but I like some of her other books better. I would recommend it to a friend, but probably wouldn't reread. I think I just didn't connect with the main character. Running is boring; the grandfather is heartwarming.
Annie
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute story. Quick & entertaining read! ...more
Kimberly Tinoco
i think that this book was really great
Bice
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
So needed a quick listen so chose this youth author.
I was not disappointed. Liked this lovely story very much.
Clara Biesel
I've loved this book for over a decade, but it was especially sweet rereading it while pregnant.
Jennifer Mangler
Sweet but slight. I wish I'd really gotten to know the secondary characters, especially Max and Grandpa, better, because there's a lot of good stuff there.
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