Publisher: Barrington Stoke
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.