Raymonds Run

By: Toni Bambara created By: Tashanae Williams


The story is set in Harlem, New York.n The time frame is one day in the life of Squeeky.


The Theme During the story is the Love and family realationship between Squeaky and Raymond. Squeaky is younger than her brother raymond but she is given the responsiblity of taking care of him.


This is the story of Squeeky, a young girl who considers herself to be the 'fastest thing on two legs. Squeeky's life consists of two things; taking care of her brother Raymond and constantly training for track. Squeeky, in training for the May Day races in the park, decides to go for a walk/ training session and takes Raymond with her. She encounters her rival, Gretchen, along with her 'shadows' and they spar verbally. Squeeky and Raymond continue on their way, and purposefully arrive late for the May Day races. While collecting her number, she is asked, in a very round-about fashion, to give some-one else a chance at winning. She does not react well to this suggestion. While on the starting block and realizes that Raymond is in position, on the other side of the fence, to run with her. He impresses his sister by keeping up with her, which leads her to start thinking of retiring from track and becoming Raymond's trainer. The story ends with Squeeky not only winning the race, but gaining respect for her rival and considering a myriad of other activities to pursue and conquer.