Armistice Runner
Tom Palmer


Lily has lots of worries. She's struggling to compete in her fell-running races and, worse, she's losing her gran to Alzheimer's. But then she discovers her great-great-grandfather's diaries from the First World War. Could his incredible story of bravery help her reconnect with her gran and even give her the inspiration she needs to push through and win?

Your reviews

Great book! We had it for school. It's amaze balls. The only thing that perturbed me quite a lot was how amazing it was! Pls read it, I SO recommend it, for all ages too! Tbh, this is one of the best books I have read so far! Lol, it's great, especially if you're reading with friends or family! Great author! School chose amaze book! It's quick to read but so enthralling you can't put it down! Share it with everyone so that they also read a great book! It's a must for everyone! Everyone in the whole wide world! It's so fun, it's not dull and boring. It's also really easy to read and not heavy on details like some books! It's well elucidates the main facts and the sub-main facts too! Totally recommended! Yep!
Matt Davies, 9
On the 11th November 1914, the guns fell silent on the Western Front marking the end of the war. A hundred years on, author Tom Palmer brings us the story of a runner who carried the message that the war was over.

Armistice Runner is not, however, purely a piece of historical fiction. Instead, Tom Palmer has created two parallel stories that intertwine brilliantly. On one hand you have Lily, whose life is full of worries. Her brother is always making fun of her, her grandmother has dementia and she has no chance of beating Abbie in the big race. She is an instantly likeable character that many children will connect with.

Her modern-day story is mirrored by that of her great-great-grandfather Ernest, whose diaries Lily is gifted by her grandmother. His story begins with his training log as he prepares for a big fell race. Before long, Ernest's life is turned upside down by events in France. Ultimately, his life is changed forever and he feels his only option is to sign up to fight. His story continues in France, where he encounters the full horror of war.

As with Tom Palmer's other books, Armistice Runner is an accessible text that is a joy to read. Add to that Barrington Stoke's super readable layout and an easy-on-the-eye font, and you have a book that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers.

This is a brilliant thought-provoking book, packed with issues that children can relate to: friendship, family, loss. Wrap that cleverly in a story of sport and war and Armistice Runner is, with doubt, one of the finest war books I have read in a long time.

176 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Matt Davies, teacher.

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