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Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade Bambara is a short story about a highly competitive, street-smart teenage girl who loves to run. But she has an older brother she must care for. What happens when she realizes that he might be able to run, too?
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The nonfiction texts below can be used to help students gain background information on the short story and to help them connect the story to their own interests and the world around them.
- Hydrocephalus by Mayo Clinic
- Perth boy raises money for charity which supported his younger brother by Ryan Maher
- More Than Enough by Buddy Hield
- High school Special Olympics volunteer doesn’t regret a minute by Critley King
In these fifteen superb stories, this essential author of African American fiction gives us compelling portraits of a wide range of unforgettable characters, from sassy children to cunning old men, in scenes shifting between uptown New York and rural North Carolina. A young girl suffers her first betrayal. A widow flirts with an elderly blind man against the wishes of her grown-up children. A neighborhood loan shark teaches a white social worker a lesson in responsibility. And there is more. Sharing the world of Toni Cade Bambara’s “straight-up fiction” is a stunning experience.