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The Fastest Boy in the World

The Fastest Boy in the World

Author: Elizabeth Laird
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Description

Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather announces that he's going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It's unfathomable. Solomon's joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he'll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?! But Solomon's grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It's a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather's life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?

Awards

Scottish Children's Book Awards 2015 Shortlist

Author description

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal five times. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781447267171
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Macmillan Children's Books
  • : May 2014
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Elizabeth Laird
  • : Paperback
  • : Unabridged
  • : 176