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Armistice Runner

Armistice Runner
Written by Tom Palmer
Illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole
Barrington Stoke
£6.99
ISBN: 978-1781128251

This story was inspired by the author's daughter who liked to fell run with her father. Fell running is popular in the north of England and runners have to be prepared to run up and down steep hills and in bad weather. When the WW1 broke out, many fell racers joined up to fight and were invaluable in the war because of their ability to run in all terrains.

Ernest Dalzell was one of these men and his story inspired Tom to write about him. This story is full of history, war, the power of memory, forgiveness and love. Lily goes with her parents to visit her grandparents who are getting old and frail. She finds her great-great-grandad's running logs and through reading his running diary, discovers her own quest for fell running. More importantly, she finds a link with her ancestors and comfort for her gran, who has the start of dementia.

This book takes the First World War, a subject we know so much about and looks at it in a completely different way. The style of the book is dyslexia friendly with easy to read font and tinted paper.
Ingrid Fox

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