some issues are depression from losing a leg in the book the running dream. The author is trying to make us aware of the effects of depression. Depression started because people were just really sad and felt bad about their current situation. It is not clear who made people aware of depression. The author is succeeding at bringing more awareness to depression. Jessica in the story is depressed and shows the reader the effects of depression. I wouldn’t normally read issue-driven books, but the running dream is a good book. I have not and probably will not read anymore issue-driven books.