Tom Palmer, award winning children’s author, has been nominated for the UK Literacy Association Book Awards 2020 with his inspiring book ‘Armistice Runner’.
The book follows the life of young fell runner Lily who has lots of worries. She’s struggling to compete in her junior 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?
“Powerfully poignant, this is a book not to be missed … If there is one WWI story you read this year to commemorate the centenary, let it be this one!” Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher
“It’s utterly compelling – a pacy tribute to the athleticism and bravery of men such as Ernest Dalzell, fell-runner extraordinaire and soldier. With its themes of loyalty, competitiveness, heartbreak and endurance, Armistice Runner is full of authentic emotion. I love how Lily learns that she shares her fitness, speed and eye for navigation over tough terrain with her great-greatgrandfather. A connection that gives her an edge of fortitude when she most needs it … Armistice Runner will enhance readers’ understanding of the tragedy of war – and I hope, too, it inspires some to lace up their studs and head out into the fells.” Emma Hargreave
‘Armistice Runner’ has won many awards including the older readers category prize at the FCBG Children’s Book Awards, the Cheshire Schools Book Award, the KS3 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2019, and the Test Valley TVED Book of the Year 2019.