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The fastest boy in the world

The fastest boy in the world

Laird, Elizabeth, 1943- author; Bailey, Peter, 1946- illustrator

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

Book. English. General. Fiction 7+. Children's stories.
Published London: Macmillan Children's Books, 2014
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Elizabeth Laird ; illustrated by Peter Bailey
ISBN: 1447267176, 9781447267171
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 163 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Ethiopia Juvenile fiction.

Author note

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of several much-loved children's books. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Jake's Tower, Red Sky in the Morning, Secret Friends, A Little Piece of Ground, The Garbage King and The Fastest Boy in the World. She lives in Britain now, but still likes to travel as much as she can.

Reviews

The author has created intensely believable characters and her writing is full of perceptive insights.
School Librarian||Spare, arresting story of love, secrets and hard-won speed.
Metro||As with anything [Elizabeth] sets in Ethiopia, a country clearly dear to her heart, this short novel draws the reader into its setting. She is a superb writer, a masterly storyteller.
Scotsman||A life-affirming story.
The Times||What a delightful gem this book is. Expert touches allow the reader to imagine the Ethiopian setting with ease... Gentle and powerful, this book is a classic tale which younger readers will enjoy and which could be used as an excellent class reader.
Armadillo Magazine||Inspired by Elizabeth's own experiences in Ethiopia comes an uplifting tale of family, friendship, hope and believing the impossible.
Ethiopian News||An endearing, eye-opening story about a brave boy whose dream to succeed will resonate with young readers from every walk of life.
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