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A crumbling stone soldier sits on a bench in the park. Only Owen understands how important he is. At home, Owen and his mum are struggling and there's nobody he can talk to. Hidden away in the park, Owen feels free to be himself. When the war-weary soldier is listening, his worries slip away. But nobody else cares about the soldier, and the town council want to tear him down. Owen's the only one who can save him but can he find the courage to speak up before it's too late? A touching story of loss and remembrance from Lisa Thompson, the award-winning author of The Goldfish Boy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

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14th June '19
I read it to dkathurima aged 9 aged 9 & to Ckathurima aged 5 aged 5
Owen and the Soldier 9781781128657
5 stars
This is a beautiful book covering a very sensitive subject in a child friendly way, Owen and his mum are struggling at home and as he tells the statue of the soldier it eases the worry. but owen has to then try and save the statue of the solider as no one else cares and the council wants to tear it down.  This is a book that will be read over and over. The book is published by barrington stoke which specialists in book for dyslectic children, but it also makes it easier to read for those who are a little less confidant   
10th June '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Owen and the Soldier 9781781128657
5 stars
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this short story but I was blown away and left wiping tears from my eyes. Owen stops by a statue of a soldier daily to share his feelings and daily news. When the council announce plans to redo the memorial garden, Owen knows he has to step up. Powerfully written with excellent characterisation. Highly recommended 
10th June '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Owen and the Soldier 9781781128657
5 stars
My son won this book but I thought I’d be cheeky and read it first. What a beautiful little book. It covers loss in such a sensitive way and without being upsetting for the younger audience (or the overly emotional Mum!). Owen is a young boy who is struggling with issues at home. He finds solace in talking to the statue of a soldier in his local park. When plans are announced to remove the old statue Owen tries to find the courage to save it. 
11th June '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Owen and the Soldier 9781781128657
5 stars
Quite how Lisa Thompson was able to put so much story into a novella, I will never know. But this little pocket rocket packs a real punch!

Owen isn’t having an easy time of things, his dad isn’t around and his mum appears to be struggling. On top of this, he’s quiet at school and wishes his teacher would stop asking him to speak in class. He does find solace, however, in a soldier. This soldier fought in WW1, and his statue represents fallen soldiers from his town. But this crumbling statue is under threat from developers who wish to improve the memorial gardens. Can Owen do anything to help.

This book contains all of the brilliance of a Lisa Thompson novel in less than 90 pages - and published by Barrington Stoke - it will appeal to those who prefer a quick read.

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About Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson Biography
Lisa Thompson worked as a Radio Broadcast Assistant first at the BBC and then for an independent production company making plays and comedy programmes. During this time she got to make tea for lots of famous people. She grew up in Essex and now lives in Suffolk with her family. Her debut, THE GOLDFISH BOY, was a Waterstones Ch...

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Mike Lowery, creator of the Doodle Adventures(R) series and The Kid's Awesome Activity Calendar, is an illustrator whose work appears in everything from greeting cards to children's books. He lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta, Georgia....

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