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Suitable for 9 - 12 years

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Imagine drinking down a tall chilled glass of inspiration. That’s this book – full of dreams and power. Small bare feet. Big brave heart. Meet Solomon. Ten years old. Skinny. Ragged. Alone. On a twenty-mile desert race to save a life. Solomon loves to run. He dreams of winning Olympic medals – not that an Ethiopian village urchin like him will ever get the chance. But is victory about shiny trophies and being cheered by huge crowds? Or is it about pushing yourself to the very limits? No witnesses. No water. No stopping. When Solomon’s grandfather collapses far from help, Solomon faces a gruelling desert race. The prize: the old man’s life.

  • An incredible tale of sporting dreams, hardship and courage
  • This acclaimed novel was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
  • By the author of Jake’s Tower and Oranges in No Man’s Land
  • Rich, vibrant writing that brings the sights of Ethiopia to life

“Spare, arresting story of love, secrets and hard-won speed.” Metro

“Inspired by Elizabeth’s own experiences in Ethiopia comes an uplifting tale of family, friendship, hope and believing the impossible.” Ethiopian News

Product Details

Catalogue number

6578 in Rewards Catalogue 2019/20






Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

June 5th, 2014

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.4; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 176 pages


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    Elizabeth Laird Pack x 6

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