Run Far, Run Fast

By Timothy Decker
(Front Street, Hardcover, 9781590784693, 40pp.)

Publication Date: October 2007

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A story of hope during a time of desolation. The Pestilence has arrived. A young girl is hastened out of her dying town and told by her mother, "Run far, run fast." The child travels from village to castle, castle to countryside, in search of shelter. Wherever she turns, the Pestilence has already appeared. Scared and tired, she finally meets a stranger who knows something of this plague. He is kind and learned, but will his knowledge be enough to save her family? Timothy Decker explores the bleak yet breathtaking world of fourteenth-century Europe. Stark pen-and-ink drawings emphasize the realism of this romanticized period, and straightforward prose creates a truly haunting tale.

About the Author
Vincent C. Prantil earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University where he was awarded the Sibley Prize in Mechanical Engineering and held an Andrew Dickson White Presidential Fellowship. He was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories California in the Applied Mechanics and Materials Modeling Directorates for eleven years. He joined the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in September 2000 where he presently specializes in finite element model development, numerical methods, and dynamic systems modeling. Since joining academia, he has become interested in the use of animation to both engage students and as a suggestive tool for students to use as a mnemonic device to enhance long-lasting learning. In addition to working with Tim Decker in Milwaukee, he has teamed up with colleagues at Northern Illinois University and Rutgers University in their efforts to showcase the power of video simulation for teaching undergraduate engineering concepts in dynamic modeling and controls theory.
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