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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?

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13th March '19
Poppylucy read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
Have you read this book if you haven't you need to read it.I loved this book because there was alot of subpence . My class loved this book because it was set in the war time. I would recommend this book age to 7and up
11th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
A must read for all children.  Not only does it bring to life the bravery of soldiers in WW1 but it makes it relevant for today.  Lily enjoys fell running and when she visits her Grandma she finds out that she is not the first fell runner within her family.  But time with her Grandma is not easy as she is suffering from Alzheimers.  Lily is so intrigued with her newly found link that she can't stop reading even though life throws barriers in the way.  Tom has written an amazing book that shows a strong moral message of putting aside differences to show kindness to others.  An absolute gem of a book.
31st January '19
I read it to EB Year 5 aged 9 to 10
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
Brilliant, Tom Palmer! This was our class read for a number of weeks and the children enjoyed every chapter. This book draws the reader in to the Great War by having a realistic feel as Lily reads her Great-Grandfather's running logs. With every ending of each chapter, left the children eager to read the next one. This tension heightened as the characters get ever closer to the armistice. Any child learning about the first world war and any primary school teacher teaching it should read this book. 
11th February '19
Smithy09 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
i read this as a class and it is amazing.It is about a girl called Lily who discovers her great great uncle Ernists war diary and his brother Freds.I would recommend this book to 8 to 12 year olds as parts of this story are pretty sad.
26th January '19
Oliviasap5 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
I read this book in class a couple of weeks ago . Lily has many worries because she is losing her gran to alzhiemers also she is is worried that she is going to lose the race to abi. But when she dicovers that her great-great-grandfather Was a fell runner too she read his running logs hoping to find out why he stopped running. Will she ever find out why her great-great-grandfather ,who was called earnest ,stopped running?   
6th May '19
I read it to Year56BookClub aged 9 to 11
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
My Book Club have LOVED this book. It switched between the modern day experiences of Lily and the WW1 diary of her great-great-Grandfather and they have mostly preferred the diaries and felt very moved by the discussion about the war. I felt that the modern day parts were a bit fast and could have been more developed but the kids don’t seem to mind that at all and like the pace. No spoilers but they were all satisfied by the ending and are excited for the next book!
4th April '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
Was this book good? Yes. I read it with my class and we loved it was about young girl called lily (who is a fell runner.). She was given her great great grandfather's old running logs by her grandmother she has alztzimers. Will she discover what happened to grandfather in the great world war and work out why he stopped running? This w. he a great read and I think it should be read by ages 7-14 because of some adult like events! Great gob Tom Palmer! 
1st February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
I loved this book because it has a great story line. My favourite character was Lilly because she always was their for her grandma,who has amnesia. If i could describe this book in three words i would say outstanding,breathtaking and marvellous.Their was not a lot of illustrations but at the bottom of the page their would be a girl running and an army man running. This book made me feel like it was real and i was their. Also i recommend this to 9 to 14 year old.
14th December '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
Brilliant, Tom Palmer this was our class read for a number of weeks. It was amazing it was one of those books that makes you tern off from everything. It made me feel like I was in the actual book. I think that this book is for 9 and over. If you haven't read this book I hope you do and I hope you enjoy it.
29th November '18
Hstar read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
This book was brilliant for me as I enjoy running like Lily.  She loves running but is struggling to beat one of her rivals.  On a trip to visit her Gran who is ill she finds out about her relation who was also a runner but stopped after returning from WWI.  I enjoyed learning about Ernest and his story as I have been learning about the world wars at school.  I love Tom Palmer as an author he has visited my school and he was really interesting.  
18th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
Lily is a young but talented  fell runner struggling to reach her full potential in her races. On a journey to her grandparents ahead of a big fell race, lily and her family realise how bad her grandmas Alzheimer’s is becoming. A conversation about fell running sparks her grans memory, leading to lily being the recipient of her great great grandfathers World War One journals. 
This book is so sensitively written, quite simplistic in its text but it gets the message across and you feel you get to know the characters well. 
This story has a lovely but poignant message. 
My son is currently reading it. A great book for older children up to adults. 
15th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
This is a sensitively written book which handles some big and serious themes cleverly, carefully and with compassion. 
Inevitably for a book treating the First World War and Alzheimer’s among its core themes, it’s very sad in places, but it’s also has some powerful and positive moments and is overall a very enjoyable book.
14th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
This book was amazing! I read it to be able to have conversations with Year 6 at school who were using it as a key text during a week focussed around the armistice. 

Lily is a fell runner, preparing for a race while also worrying about her Gran who has Alzheimer's. On her visit to her grandparents' in the Lake District, conversation falls to running, and Gran's memory is unlocked as she talks of Ernest and Fred, ancestors who fought in the First World War. She has a box, full of Ernest's running journals and his old running shoes. We then hop between the present, with Lily's thoughts, and the past as she reads Ernest's journals. She sees many similarities between her own journal recording runs, food and feelings. But Ernest's goes deeper, becoming a letter to Fred who has gone off to war.

We learn early on that Ernest never ran again after the war. His shoes went in the box with his journals and were never used again - but why? And will Lily find the strength and speed she needs to beat her closest rival as race day arrives?

Armistice Runner deals with some important issues in a sensitive and readable manner, giving young readers a glimpse into the past and also introduces some important issues that they might be dealing with. This could help to be a conversation starter for children who might be struggling with some of the issues raised, such as illness of a relative and being the best at what you do.
7th March '19
EveMaggie read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
I like running so I felt like I had something in common with the character. I felt sad about her Grandma but I still enjoyed the story. We did a lot about the war at school so was interesting when she kept reading the notes. I wouldn’t normally have picked this book as it looked a bit old for me but I liked it a lot.
20th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
5 stars
This fast paced book follows a teenage girl who visits her grandparents and competes in a fell running race whilst she is there. Unfortunately, her Gran is suffering with Alzheimer's but her memory is jogged by talking about her own grandfather, his love of fell running and his involvement in World War 1. When Lily finds his diaries, she learns of the role he played on Armistice Day and the ramifications. If you only read one WW1 book on this year, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, make it this one! This book is published by Barrington Stoke so is also Dyslexia and reluctant-reader friendly.
22nd November '18
Happypanda read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
4 stars
Armistice Runner is about a girl called Lily who loves to run but can never win. When she travels to the Lake District to compete in the Fell race there, she stays with her Grandmother who has Alzheimer’s, and her Grandfather. When Lily tells her Grandmother that she is competing in the Fell race her Grandmother reveals that Lily’s Great-Great Grandfather also competed in the race and won. Her Grandmother gives her what she thinks are running logs but Lily finds out that they are the diaries her Great-Great Grandfather owned and are not just about running but also about when he fought in the First World War. I really enjoyed this story although I felt it was aimed at younger readers as the writing style was quite simple and the book was short.  My favourite part was the diaries because I found the perspective of the Great-Great Grandfather interesting and I liked how it reflected in the main story. 
29th March '19
I read it myself aged 9 aged 9
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
4 stars
This book was so good, my class chose to read it. Sadly, we only had one copy. I liked how lily overcame her fear. Read on to find out more!
4th November '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Armistice Runner 9781781128251
3 stars
Armistice Runner was a lovely read, with an easy-to-follow plot, with some interesting language and themes. 
What I feel the book lacked was exploration of the characters. They were somewhat well developed, but I would have loved more insight into them. I really enjoyed the revelations about Lily’s Great-Great-Grandfather and parts of his story were captivating, but I don’t think I got to know her, which I feel would have been the main hook of the book! 
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Tom Palmer is originally from Leeds and credits articles about football with getting him into reading as a child. He draws on this experience in his top-selling sports fiction for children, including the series Football Academy and Foul Play. Tom has a background in reader development and today travels all over the UK with his immensely popular...

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