Solomon has a dream; he wants to be an athlete, a runner – a medal winner; not impossible, perhaps, with Ethiopia’s record. But Solomon’s family have little money – he does not even possess running shoes. Nevertheless an unexpected visit to Addis Ababa in the company of his grandfather is an exciting event; exciting until Grandfather suffers a heart attack. It is up to Solomon to fetch help from the family; he must run the whole way home. This is an engaging story which opens the door to a world very different to that experienced here – though there will be young readers who will recognise the background. However, it also shows that young people can have hopes and dreams whatever their circumstances, and that they can respond positively in the face of adversity. Solomon is a recognisable 11-year-old, and though the heat of Africa may be a far cry from the rain of Britain, Laird’s sure touch makes it real without seeming to be alien; it is different. The author’s accessible writing style is further enhanced by Peter Bailey’s delicate line illustrations These capture the flavour of Solomon’s world and the characters we meet with an attractive directness.
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Illustrator: Peter Bailey