|Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run and dreams of seeing his heroes, the 2012 London Olympics gold-medal-winning Ethiopian running team. He cannot believe it when his grandfather announces that he is going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa on the day of the team’s victory parade. On their visit, Solomon learns that his grandfather was a famous runner and also that he was a war hero who risked his life to save a friend. When his grandfather collapses, Solomon has to run the twenty miles from the city to his village for help. This easy-to-read, short novel, with black-and-white ink drawings, introduces young readers to a setting that is very different from the Western world. mjw|
|Title: The Fastest Boy in the World
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Illustrator: Peter Bailey
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books, London
Original Language: English
Paperback pages: 163
Age range: 7 up
Book setting: Addis Ababa and Kidame, Ethiopia
Author’s ethnicity: British (born in New Zealand)
Author’s residence: U.K.
Illustrator’s ethnicity: British (born in India)
Illustrator’s residence: U.K.
Awards: 2015 Carnegie Medal nominee. Author has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal five times
Subjects: Addis Ababa, Athletes, Ethiopia, Grandfathers, Olympics (London 2012), Running, Sports, Success