Where do you go when you can’t follow your dream? Stuart and Sam, both love to run – Sam on the high school basketball team as their star player, and Stuart anywhere he can, even in the school halls. They are perfectly paired in the Best Buddies program at school. Stuart, born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), feels lucky that Sam is his friend and buddy. Other people suddenly want to be Stuart’s friend too – but is it too good to be true?
When Sam finds out his heart won’t allow him to play basketball competitively, the loss is devastating. Helping Stuart join the track and field team gives Sam hope and perhaps even a new dream for his future. Together, Sam and Stuart find out friendship means being there for the good times and the bad. As the fourth book in the Best Buddies series, A Time to Run by Lorna Schultz Nicholson brings readers back to some of their most beloved characters, and is also a wonderful story on its own. The Best Buddies series illustrates how our so-called differences aren’t really differences after all, and we all benefit by just getting to know one another a little more. A great read for middle grades.