The Fastest Boy in the World

3.61 avg rating
( 353 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781447267171: The Fastest Boy in the World
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams of being a gold-medal winner like themt. When his grandfather announces he's going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. His joy increases when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be in the city that day. But as Solomon follows his grandfather through the city, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend, and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon must make a 20-mile run to home, his grandfather's life hanging in the balance. Can he do it?

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award-winning author of such children's books as Kiss the Dust, A Little Piece of Ground, and Shahnameh. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal six times.

From School Library Journal:

Gr 3–6—Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run; he always has. He fantasizes about becoming an Olympic runner and carrying the green, gold, and red flag of his beloved Ethiopia to glory. But his dreams will never come to pass, as he knows his simple life in a round hut in the tiny town of Kidame can never lead to Olympic glory. One day, Grandfather asks Solomon to accompany him on a trip to Addis Ababa, the capital city. Solomon is so excited to go, but it is a day's walk, and he worries about Grandfather being able to make the journey. Along the 23-mile trip, Grandfather falters more than once, but they are able to make it to the big, exciting city. When Grandfather takes Solomon to meet the son of one of his most cherished friends, Solomon discovers a family secret that changes his attitude about his grandfather and his life forever. On this same day, when his grandfather falls very ill, the boy also learns a profound lesson about true friendship and the enduring love of family. Laird writes with an obvious admiration of this often unfavorably depicted country and the proud history of its people. Peppered in the narrative of Solomon is a background story, rich with the history of Ethiopia's struggle for independence from Italy, its rule by Emperor Haile Selassie, and a true respect for the people who fought for its freedoms. VERDICT An excellent introduction to Ethiopian culture as well as a wonderfully written exploration of a boy's love of country and sport.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 11.99
US$ 7.97

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Elizabeth Laird
Published by Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom (2016)
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Unabridged edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet.When his grandfather announces that he s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It s unfathomable. Solomon s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!But Solomon s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird is the inspiring story of a small Ethiopian runner with a very big heart. Seller Inventory # AA79781447267171

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Elizabeth Laird
Published by Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom (2016)
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Unabridged edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet.When his grandfather announces that he s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It s unfathomable. Solomon s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!But Solomon s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird is the inspiring story of a small Ethiopian runner with a very big heart. Seller Inventory # AA79781447267171

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Elizabeth Laird
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Paperback Quantity Available: 8
Seller:
Bookstore99
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: NEW. Brand New, Same ISBN and details as listed. Delivery within 3-7 business days. We may ship the books from multiple location across the globe including Asia depending upon the availability of inventory. Printed in English. Choose expedited shipping for Express delivery. Tracking number provided for every order. Seller Inventory # OS_9781447267171

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.31
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Laird, Elizabeth
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Quantity Available: 11
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # TT-9781447267171

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Laird, Elizabeth
Published by Pan Macmillan
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
WFL
(Holtsville, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan Macmillan. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1447267176 Brand New ,Printed in english ,Ready to ship, Express 5-8 business days ,worldwide delivery. Seller Inventory # AM29Q14136

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.90
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Laird, Elizabeth
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Quantity Available: 11
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1447267176

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Laird, Elizabeth
Published by Macmillan Children's Books (2014)
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Macmillan Children's Books, 2014. Paperback. Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0001223288

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.68
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Laird, Elizabeth
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9781447267171

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Laird, Elizabeth
Published by Pan Macmillan
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan Macmillan. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 1447267176 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # NATARAJB1FI893931

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Elizabeth Laird
Published by Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom (2016)
ISBN 10: 1447267176 ISBN 13: 9781447267171
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Unabridged edition. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet.When his grandfather announces that he s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It s unfathomable. Solomon s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!But Solomon s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird is the inspiring story of a small Ethiopian runner with a very big heart. Seller Inventory # BZV9781447267171

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book