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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849392498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849392495
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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A thrilling and poignant World War II adventure, the story of a young girl whose father is a pacifist.

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I've not seen many WW2 books for children about a conscientious objector. Run Rabbit Run had me hooked from the start. Lizzie Butterworth's mum was killed when a bomb fell on her shop so, apart from her bad-tempered aunt and a snooty cousin, her dad and her little brother, Charlie, are all she has. It's Lizzie who tells the story; she's a feisty heroine who'll appeal to boys as well as girls. All the characters are interesting and their personalities and opinions come across through dialogue. The descriptions of places and people are visual, the pace is strong and readers will really want to know what is going to happen to the three Butterworths.
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There are lots of really good books, both fact and fiction, set during World War Two and that is a very good thing as it is important that today's children know what happened in Europe, and in their own country in particular, less than 100 years ago. The children in this book, Lizzie and Freddie, experience all the problems of living in a country at war, i.e. rationing and blackout regulations etc and also, the huge tragedy of losing their mother when a bomb falls on her shop. What makes this story different and really interesting is that their father, Will, is not a great military hero, he is, in fact, a conscientious objector and has had the courage to refuse to go off to fight.
The book starts when he is given the choice to either join the army or go to prison, but this family has a better plan - they go on the run. Along the way they are helped by kind, like-minded people and betrayed by other people who think he is just a coward. The family must stay on the move to avoid being split up and life is difficult and uncertain, but never dull! Eventually their luck runs out when Freddie is taken ill and Will is arrested. However Lizzie and Freddy's adventures are not over as Lizzie is not going to wait for the war to end before being reunited with her father!
I loved this book. It is full of adventures and wonderful characters. It's a great read for anyone who read and loved 'Carrie's War' and 'Goodnight Mister Tom'.
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I read this book in just a few hours. The story is gripping and the pace is incredible. It's essentially an adventure story about two children and their father (who's a pacifist) on the run from the police as he doesn't agree with having to fight for his country. The key characters have great depth and the way the story is told from Lizzie's perspective (the daughter) is very real and emotive. I'd never really thought about reading children's books before but I wouldn't hesitate to pick up one again. It was every bit as detailed and well thought out as anything else I've read. In particular I think this book challenges preconceptions and raises questions as to what war is really about and the ripple effect it can have on families, which can often be quite devastating. The timeliness of this release is pertinent and I've had several discussions with children (who've also read the book) and their comments on the fight or flee dilemma has been interesting to say the least.

Whether you're old or young, if you're looking for a fast paced adventure story that grips you from chapter to chapter I would urge you to pick up a copy.
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This is one of those books aimed at children that adults will love too. Lizzie is a likeable protagonist and the book is full of adventures and excitement. It's a great way to introduce the WW2 topic to older children and teens, and for them to find out about what it was like from a child's point of view. I will definitely be reading more by this author in future.
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Lizzie's dad is a conscientious objector to killing people and refuses to fight in the Second World War. Often seen as cowards, Lizzie suffers the abuse from the children at school due to her father's refusal to fight. The police come looking to arrest Lizzie's father, so they all go on the run in the middle of the night, in a desperate attempt to stay together as a family. For a while, they manage to live happily in the idyllic Whiteway, until their past catches up with them and pushes them on the run again. Will they ever be able to find peace and live together as a family again?

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.
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