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


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