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Incredibly emotional and powerful storytelling from S.E Durrant makes ‘Running On Empty’ a truly, compelling read. As a parent of a child who has just made the transition to secondary school for me it has a times felt like an emotional and logistical minefield. So my heart goes out to AJ and his parents, how on earth are they meant to negotiate this tricky and complicated process without the support that they so desperately need but so desperately don’t want in case questions start to be asked. The characterisation is flawless, she has created the most wonderful characters who you genuinely feel an absolute connection to and you become so caught up in their lives that it is a wrench to say goodbye to them at the end of the book. AJ’s determination and desperation to succeed is just heart-breaking. The small barriers that are in the way to his success are seen as unsurmountable to him and you would do anything to help him on his way but life isn’t always that simple. There are so many moments of sheer sadness met by sheer joy that make for an emotional rollercoaster of a story but ultimately it’s uplifting without being unrealistic or overly sentimental. An outstanding, empathetic read that I absolutely loved. With a stunning, vibrant cover and chapter illustrations from Rob Biddulph this book deserves to be in every school library, an absolute must have read.
It's also wonderful to see an honest representation of working class families and of young carers so competently portrayed. No sugar coating or issue flagging here. Just a boy, doing his best and telling his story and winning our hearts in the process. Source - kindly sent for review by Nosy Crow
I adored this book which deals with a sensitive topic in such a tender way. I found myself really caring about the character AJ and empathising with his situation. This a perfect book to share with KS2 about the life of a young carer but also to show how easy it is for us to judge situations that others find themselves in. I really do recommend any KS2 teachers share this beautiful book with their class.
The use of running to overcome grief by recalling fond memories of time spent with his grandad is fantastic and AJ's self-sacrifice to protect his parents, despite shattering his own dreams, is genuinely moving.
When is the next S.E. Durrant book coming out. More, please!