This month we published Running on Empty, the beautiful new novel by S.E. Durrant, author of the Carnegie-nominated Little Bits of Sky. And we’re delighted to see that the book has received a fantastic review from Nicolette Jones in The Sunday Times latest children’s book review round-up.
Jones writes: “Lyrical, moving and realistic, SE Durrant’s Running on Empty is about the struggle of an 11-year-old carer who is starting secondary school and wants to run like Usain Bolt. With a rich and diverse cast, it sings.”
You can read the full review round-up here.
Compelling fiction for 9+ readers, Running on Empty is a beautifully told story of unorthodox families, grief, adolescence and running.
AJ’s grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. AJ is worried about his parents but they don’t really seem to notice. In order to deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running. Round and round the Olympic Park, aiming for the cross country trials, running to escape, AJ only seems be heading ever closer to disaster.
Here’s a look inside the book:
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