Armistice Runner

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Review

Lily loves fell running, but she is distracted by her family’s troubles. Her grandmother has Alzheimer’s and is growing distant and confused. Then Lily discovers that her great-grandfather – her grandmother’s grandfather – was a runner, too. Not only was he a fell running champion, but he was also a message runner during World War One.

Lily reads his diaries, and through them, discovers a hidden family history from the First World War which helps her connect with her grandmother. But both Lily and her great-grandfather have their greatest challenges yet to come.

This is an emotive story that follows a serious, dedicated young girl who is keen to be the very best at her sport, and parallels it with a soldier’s experience of war. Lily’s single-minded focus on her sport makes her a refreshingly original female character to follow on her emotional journey, and the sub-plots in both strands of the story add depth. The illustrations bring the story to life and the book is printed using dyslexia-friendly font and paper.

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