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Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Annie, 12, takes great pleasure in running, but has no interest in racing or becoming a member of a team. For her, the pure joy comes from feeling the earth beneath her bare feet and the wind in her face. The experience is totally different for her moody friend and running partner, Max. For him, running is a way to escape his personal problems. Annie's comfortable, tightly knit world begins to unravel when she learns that her mother is pregnant and she becomes increasingly aware that her beloved Grandpa, a former champion racer, is slipping into dementia. She is a resourceful, self-possessed kid who takes comfort in the familiar but is able to face change and take it in stride. She marvels at the new life taking shape in her midst (her father provides month-by-month summations of the baby's development) and mourns the loss of her grandfather's strong and nurturing wisdom. School, art class, and chores appear throughout the verses, creating an everyday rhythm that matches the footfalls of this engaging heroine who loves to move, but who is willing to stop and smell the roses.

At 12, Annie loves to draw, run barefoot, and spend time with her grandfather, who lives with her and is becoming more forgetful. She has a new love, for the baby growing inside her mother. As Annie draws 100 apples for art class, runs without joining track, spends more time with her grandfather, and goes to her mother's birthing classes, she grows with the rhythm of life, one heartbeat at a time.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Robert Redford 100% 

Cast Results

Annie Total Votes: 13

  1. 1. Sofia Vasilieva 69% 
  2. 2. Victoria Hester 23% 
  3. 3. Emma Roberts 7% 

Max Total Votes: 13

  1. 1. Jacob Smith 69% 
  2. 2. Blake Woodruff 15% 
  3. 3. Slater Peck 7% 
  4. 4. William Moseley 7% 

Grandpa Total Votes: 6

  1. 1. Dustin Hoffman 66% 
  2. 2. Dan Beene 16% 
  3. 3. Robert Patrick 16% 

Annie's Mom Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Renee Zellweger 60% 
  2. 2. Bridget Fonda 20% 
  3. 3. Jodie Foster 20% 

Annie's Dad Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Nicolas Cage 60% 
  2. 2. Kurt Russell 40% 

Baby Joey Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Unknown Baby 100% 

Mrs. Cobber Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Shirley MacLaine 100% 

Mr. Welling Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Robin Williams 100% 

Miss Freely Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Katherine Heigl 100% 

Girl's Track Coach Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Joan Cusack 100% 

Young Annie Total Votes: 11

  1. 1. Darcy Rose Byrnes 81% 
  2. 2. Katie Lindsay 18% 

Young Max Total Votes: 9

  1. 1. Blake Woodruff 77% 
  2. 2. Labon Hester 22% 

Kaylee Total Votes: 12

  1. 1. Christina Ritter 41% 
  2. 2. Ayla Woodruff 16% 
  3. 3. Terah Belle Burnett 16% 
  4. 4. Alicia Morton 8% 
  5. 5. Tatum McCann 8% 
  6. 6. Emily Osment 8% 

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