The Fastest Boy in the World
by Elizabeth Laird
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Eleven-year-old Salomon loves to runThe great athletes of the Ethiopian National Team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold medal winning athlete by loving them, despite his shorts and barefoot shreds.When his grandfather announces that he will take Solomon from Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears.A trip to the capitalHe’s unfathomable.Solomon’s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be making a victory parade across the city that dayMaybe he’ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu.But Solomon, Grandpa has other plansAs Solomon follows through the great, immense streets, he learns something, he cannot believeThe strict old man is a war hero who, once risked his life to save a friend and he has been in hiding sinceWhen my grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that receiving help from his village is his.It’s about twenty miles from town to home, and grandfather of life is in the balanceThe little barefoot runner with a big heartIn the running for FPIC, Carnegie Medal, The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird is the inspiring story of a little Ethiopian runner with a very big heart
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