COMING 6 September 2018
Running is what Lily is good at, and fell-running is what she loves. But what Lily doesn’t realise is that this talent was inherited from someone very important – her great-great-grandfather Ernest, an unsung hero of the First World War. When Lily’s gran passes on to her Ernest’s diaries, Lily learns of his experiences in the trenches, and their stories intertwine.
Armistice Runner is about a thirteen-year-old cross country/fell runner called Lily and her great great grandfather, who was a champion fell runner before he became a trench runner during the last weeks of the First World War.
Published by Barrington Stoke
“Powerfully poignant, this is a book not to be missed … If there is one WWI story you read this year to commemorate the centenary, let it be this one!” Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher & #PrimarySchoolBookClub
Written for 9+ children
Read Chapter 1 of Armistice Runner here
Publication Date: 6 September 2018
READ Barrington Stoke’s Press release about the book here.
“It’s utterly compelling – a pacy tribute to the athleticism and bravery of men such as Ernest Dalzell, fell-runner extraordinaire and soldier. With its themes of loyalty, competitiveness, heartbreak and endurance, Armistice Runner is full of authentic emotion. I love how Lily learns that she shares her fitness, speed and eye for navigation over tough terrain with her great-greatgrandfather. A connection that gives her an edge of fortitude when she most needs it … Armistice Runner will enhance readers’ understanding of the tragedy of war – and I hope, too, it inspires some to lace up their studs and head out into the fells.” Emma Hargreave
“A powerful intergenerational tale that honours the forgotten running heroes of November 11th 1918 and examines the devastating
impact of dementia on family relationships in the twenty‑first century.” Ailsa Bathgate
The Armistice Runner Challenge – a running and memory activity for schools Guidelines & certificate
Literacy & Dementia
Literacy & Sport
Literacy & History
The First World War and the Armistice here
The inspiration for Armistice Runner here
See also Over the Line
Themes in this book : 1 The First World War
The story is based very loosely on our family’s love of cross country and fell running and the champion fell runner of 100 years ago, Ernest Dalzell.
While researching Over the Line I became fascinated with the Armistice and how hundreds of thousands of men could collectively stop fighting at eleven a.m. after all they had been through. I read that there was no time to lay down communication wires, the allies had been advancing so quickly on the Germans. Runners were used to pass the news on.
Themes in this book : 2 Running
My daughter is a fell and crosscountry runner (as am I) and I wanted the story to come from the point of view of a girl like her and the other keen children who enjoy running cross country and on the fells.
Knowing that many cross-country and fell runners went to fight in the First World War, the story started there.
In the muddy fields, along with the parents and grandparents, stand the coaches. Volunteers who give up their time and use their passion to make it possible for millions of children to enjoy dozens of sports every week in the UK. Armistice Runner is dedicated to them.
Themes in this book 3 : Dementia
Today’s grandparents are often portrayed in books as retired, cosy and very much hands-on with their grandchildren. Sadly, many more families today are coping with the heartbreaking affect dementia has on their older loved ones. In Armistice Runner, I tried to capture the impact this has through Lily’s warm relationship with her ailing gran.
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