“This book is likely to evoke empathy in young readers. It will give them pause for thought about the price of ambition and the things that matter in life.”- Reading Time
“Penny Tangey has a talent for writing light-hearted, humorous novels that tackle some big issues.”- Good Reading
“A charming story of dealing with life's ups and downs, learning resilience, dreaming and achievement.”- Schooldays Magazine
“I would certainly recommend this title: I enjoyed the story and the way in which themes including friendship, sibling rivalry, body image and competition were presented.”- Buzzwords
“This book would be a perfect class novel to be read aloud and discussed with students from Year 5 upwards.”- Read Plus
“This is a fabulous story about friendships both old and new, having a dream, being determined and being resilient.”- Lamont Books
“There are plenty of emotional highs and lows to engage young readers leavened by a delicious sense of humour.”- StoryLinks
“From the first page Vivian and her determination to never give up, sets the scene for a heartfelt story that will captivate.”- Blue Wolf Reviews
“I feel like my younger self would have been in love with this book.”- Bookish Universe
“As Fast as I can has it all. An adorable yet headstrong main character, caring parents, typical love/hate sibling relationship and one hell of a dream. ”- Book and the Beauty
“I enjoyed this book but I also found it really weird. I mainly found it strange because I’ve never read a book in which I so totally felt like I was seeing the world as my younger self did.”- Confessions of a Readaholic
“Vivian is a firecracker. From page one we are bowled over by her enthusiasm and energy. Her eagerness pushes the pacing of this book forward.”- Bookish Intoxication
“Diving into this book, I instantly found myself cheering for Viviam, despite all the setbacks that she hits within this book. ”- Chemical Book Dragon
“Vivian is an incredibly endearing character. ”- Gilly Reads
“An enjoyable middle grade book, it did a really great good is exploring the intersection between childhood goals, health barriers, family and friendship and growing up in Australia.”- The Owl Reader
“This was a story of glory, passion and loss. And it high-key broke my heart.”- Otaku and Proud
“This will definitely not be the last I read of Tangey who captured the heart of a ten year old so perfectly and made this book timeless. ”- Thoughts by Tash
“It was perfect in every way, from page one I felt a connection to Vivian.”- Intently Reading
“As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey is honestly just such a beautiful, heart wrenching and completely at the same time, an uplifting and inspiring read! ”- AusYABloggers
“It is entertaining and thought provoking, bringing up important issues such as mental health and how sudden life changes can affect anyone of any age. ”- Flamingo Seratonin
As fast as I can
One girl. One dream. A few hurdles.
Ten-year-old Vivian is determined to win a medal at the Olympic Games one day. Problem is, she hasn’t found a sport she’s any good at yet. But everyone says if you work hard enough you can achieve anything, right? So when Vivian discovers she has a talent for cross country running, finally, her Olympic dream might actually come true.
But then a family illness is uncovered and all of Vivian’s plans begin to unravel. Can she keep her dream alive? Or will she be stopped in her tracks?
A funny, heartfelt novel about resilience, acceptance and dreaming big.
Teacher’s notes prepared by University of Queensland Press
Information on inherited heart conditions
Australian Genetic Heart Disease Registry – ‘Genetic inheritance‘
Heart Research Australia – ‘Heart conditions‘
Positive Body Image resources
Butterfly Foundation – ‘Body image tips for young people‘
Positive Psychology – ‘3 positive body image activities & worksheets‘
How Far is Too Far – ‘Creating a body positive school‘