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Run Rabbit Run Paperback – 4 Mar 2011
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"An enjoyable adventure story." (The School Librarian)
"A well-told story showing that bravery comes in many guises." (Carousel)
"This is a story which would read aloud well, and raise many questions about war and those who do not believe it is right to fight." (Books For Keeps)
"Not only enjoyable but also a useful way to introduce readers to aspects of WWII less prevalent in children's fiction." (The School Librarian)
"(A) poignant novel." (Red House Children's Book Award, Pick of the Year)
A thrilling and poignant World War II adventure, the story of a young girl whose father is a pacifist.See all Product description
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This book is aimed at the 9 -12 age range and is one of those books that I would find myself recommending to school teachers. If I was still in the classroom, I would definitely use this book as a starting point for the World War II topic often carried out in Year 2. I think it is a wonderfully descriptive story of life as a child during the world, from the viewpoint of a family vehemently against the war.
The characters are beautifully written and the plot shows the sharp realities of war and how it affects families. Before reading it, I had never considered how families coped with the separation, and this book really brings home the difficulties and the heartbreaking emotions caused by children being evacuated. The way families are torn apart by war is such a strong theme throughout the book, that I felt it would be a fine example for the children of today to read, who never seem to realise how lucky they are. I think that today's school children would get so much from reading this book, allowing them to visualise what life was like for someone of their age, during hostile times.
I loved Lizzie as a character, I found her very grown up for age, dealing with a lot of difficult situations. I honestly could not see my own children, managing as well as Lizzie. I could understand her father's decision, but felt he struggled to consider what was best for his children.
This book is quite a short book, so it could easily be read to the class within a few days. If you know any teachers, studying World War II with their class, then I would highly recommend this book.
Barbara Mitchellhill has brought World War II to the children of today.
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This book is about a 12 year-old girl called Lizzie in ww2.Read more