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Lit Circles - Primary: Run

About the book

Run by Linda Aksomitis

" The day passes and another begins. Evil spasms grow stronger in my legs, twisting my feet against their prison. Each spoonful of medicine spreads clouds of wool through my head and takes less of the agony away."


It’s the summer of 1911 and Victoria’s life has changed dramatically in the past year. She doesn’t care much for her new stepmother, or her stepbrother Jacob; and for his part, Jacob longs for the farming life he had to leave when his father died. But when Victoria is struck down with a serious illness, both their lives take a new turn.

Both Victoria and Jacob narrate the story in alternating chapters. Jacob’s mother, Alice, uses nursing skills based on Sister Kenny’s 1911 treatment of polio in Australia.

GENRE: Historical fiction


  • Resilience
  • Hope
  • Courage
  • Friendship
  • Blended families

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Extension material

undefinedLinda feels she had the best childhood in the world for someone who wanted to write historical fiction for kids. She lived in a teeny-tiny house on a teeny-tiny farm out in the middle of the Saskatchewan prairies.

Questions for your circle

  • Polio does still exist, although polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988. What do you think has been the cause of this decline in the disease?
  • Jacob and Victoria read 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' together - how do they relate it back to their own lives? 
  • Life in the early 1900s was difficult in many ways - how do you think you would have coped in those times? What differences do you see in your life as compared to Jacob and Victoria?
  • A simile is a figure of speech that compares two different things in an interesting way. They are used throughout this story - give some examples.