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Armistice Runner

Armistice Runner

by Tom Palmer

ISBN: 9781781128251

A girl finds her great-great-grandfather's diaries about his experiences during World War I which inspires her to overcome her fears about competing in a fell-running race that is coming up.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?


Erin - White Hills Park Federation - 2020

When I first picked up Armistice Runner I couldn't put it down. I loved the link that was found between past family members. I really wanted to know what would happen. This gripping book was emotional but an extremely good read. I would really recommend this. I enjoyed reading about Fred because he was a supportive brother.

Ruth - White Hills Park Federation - 2020

I loved this book because it is really inspiring and makes you want to read more and more of the book. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those who love running!

Iris - White Hills Park Federation - 2020

A smashing story with a unexpected side to it. I loved the character of Lily and her powerful running connection to her ancestors. The author was very clever with how he laid out the book to contain Lily's great grandad's story as a diary in a seemingly unrelated book. However, as you get further in you see how connected the two halves are. I would recommend this book to an 11 year old or above. I loved the story line.

Mya - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

The second I picked up Armistice Runner, it was almost impossible to put down. An amazing connection between Lily and her ancestor's running logs. An emotional, heartfelt story

Grace - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! It was a bit sad, of course, but war books are all like that. The bit when the man almost played the piano was the saddest part for me, because I love music. Also, running is one of my favourite hobbies. Overall, this is a thrilling book which I really enjoyed reading! :-)

Rachel - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

This was an amazing book!I loved the connection with the characters. It was a inspiring book and had a touching story. I gave this a 4/5 as the words could’ve been a bit more challenging; overall it was a great book.

Evelyn - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

Armistice runner is an amazing book. It's emotional historical and very well written. Would definitely recommend.

Isobel - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

I enjoyed the tale of two lives connected by a journal.

Max - Carlton Le Willows Academy - 2020

I loved this book. I liked that it tied present day to the past. Sad in parts but happy bits too. Good to have a strong girl main character.

Bethany - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

This book is absolutely amazing! I enjoyed reading it so much I didn't want to put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure and anyone that likes books based on the war.

Maya - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

The plot hooked me and was intriguing and well told. I enjoyed the touching connection between Lily and her grandmother. The whole story was one of the most emotional and well written stories I have ever read.

Tyler - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

It started off a bit slow, and took a while to get me in the mood set to read. However after the dairy entries started, I just wanted to keep coming back to read more. The book as a whole was really creative how Palmer connected the two lives. It also tackled the difficult subject of war extremely good. Overall, It is a great book however there are other books that I may choose over Armistice Runner. Also, I feel like the book could have been a bit longer to explain all the questions i had. Then again a good book is a book that leaves you with many questions.

Beth - Nottingham Girls High School - 2020

This book was great at telling 2 stories of 2 lives so similar, yet far apart. It was easy to relate to as I am a runner too! There wasn’t too much emotion- just enough.

Jessica - Carlton Le Willows Academy - 2020

It was a very heart warming story to think that Lily knew a lot about her Great-great-grandfathers experience in the war and his running he did. Its very hard for Lily because everyday her grans Alzheimer's get worse and worse. That makes the story very tense and worrying, because you don't know what's going to happen next. I really like the story because Lily didn't know anything about her great-great-grandfather until her gran brought it up. Now Lily is inspired by him, and it makes her feel happy to think her gran still remembers something about the past. It was very interesting to find out that the reason why Ernest stopped running is because of friendship. At the end of the book, friendship is also shown between Abby and Lily, this ends the story nicely because its happy.

Amelia - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

A very nice, gripping book that kept me interested and made me finish it in a whole day. Lily, the protagonist, makes you share her struggles with her mentally ill Nan and her mysterious great grandfather. a gripping tale.

Evie - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2020

I thought the book was fantastic,I love how much Lily got so invested into Ernest’s life . I also enjoyed how she grew such a special bond with Ernest even though she had never met him. The story was full of emotions and filled you with tension and questions at just the right moments.

Amelia - Arnold Hill Academy - 2020

It was very interesting to learn more about the second world war and Lily was very determinant to win a race and in the end she won because she didn't give up. I highly recommend this book.

Amiah - National Church of England Academy - 2020

The plot was interesting and different. The book was well written and I loved the determination however I found the main character quite generic and basic but apart from that i really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to many.

Rhianna - National Church of England Academy - 2020

I really enjoyed Armistice Runner because the plot was very interesting :)

Rhoda - National Church of England Academy - 2020