The Fastest Boy in the World

Illustrated by Peter Bailey (Macmillan) ISBN 9781447267164 (Hardback); ISBN 9781447267171 (Paperback)

Illustrated by Peter Bailey (Macmillan) ISBN 9781447267164 (Hardback); ISBN 9781447267171 (Paperback)

In my dreams I'm always running. My feet fly over the ground and I'm sure that if I could just go a little bit faster I'd take off and fly like an eagle.

Eleven year old Solomon loves to run and dreams of being a gold-medal-winning athlete, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet.

When Grandfather announces that he's taking Solomon to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital city, Solomon cannot believe his luck. But when Grandfather collapses following the journey, Solomon knows that he's the only person who can run for help.

It's more than a twenty mile run from the city to home. Can the barefoot runner do it?

 

Shortlisted for the Hull Libraries KS2 Award

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, 2015

Shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Award 2015