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Wednesday 8 August 2018

Review: Born To Run: Cathy Freeman My Story

This junior non-fiction novel is written in an open and engaging style, with the voice of the author shining through. 

This book is most likely to appeal to readers aged 8 – 12 years, a time when the author was discovering her love and talent for running. 

Readers will learn that this successful athlete, well known to Australia and the world as Cathy Freeman, was always known to her family as Catherine, a quiet and determined girl who simply loved to run. 

Freeman writes in a conversational way making this book an accessible and enjoyable read for many readers, from sports fans to those who love autobiographies and non-fiction, and for avid to reluctant readers. 

Freeman shares her thoughts, dreams and doubts as she leads readers through her journey from schoolgirl to Olympic champion and beyond.   

Readers gain insight into some of the challenges Freeman faced and her very personal inspirations and motivations.

This book is peppered with photographs of Freeman in her younger years, during her extraordinary athletic career, and in her life after winning gold medals. Born To Run: Cathy Freeman, My Story will have readers running alongside Freeman, cheering until the end.

Title: Born To Run: Cathy Freeman, My Story
Author: Catherine Freeman
Publisher:  Puffin Books, $17.99
Publication Date: 5 March 2007
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143302384
For ages: 8 – 12 years
Type: Junior Non-fiction