Run Rabbit Run by Barbara Mitchelhill

Run Rabbit Run

Written by Barbara Mitchelhill

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This thrilling and poignant World War II adventure featuring the story of a young girl and her brother whose father is a pacifist is one of the best war time novels for children to be published in while. Desperate to keep his family together he and the children go on the run together but as the past catches up with him can the father find a place of safety for them all and remain with them?


Run Rabbit Run by Barbara Mitchelhill

When Lizzie's dad refuses to fight in the Second World War, the police come looking to arrest him. Desperate to stay together, Lizzie and her brother Freddie go on the run with him, hiding from the police in idyllic Whiteway. But when their past catches up with them, they're forced to leave and it becomes more and more difficult to stay together as a family. Will they be able to? And will they ever find a place, like Whiteway, where they will be safe again?

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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

About the Author

Barbara Mitchelhill

Barbara Mitchelhill was born in Rochdale and trained as a teacher. While she was teaching, she began writing for BBC children's TV and went on to write for educational publishers, before writing novels for children. She makes school visits all over the country, and enjoys appearing at literary festivals and talking to teachers and librarians, some as far away as the Caribbean. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, music, gardening and walking her border terrier, Ella. She lives in Staffordshire and has two grown-up daughters.

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th March 2011




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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