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Blood Runner

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Samuel's parents and young sister, innocent bystanders during an uprising, are killed by South African police. Samuel is sent to live with his uncle, a tribal chief in the Bantu homeland, while his brother vows to join the African National Congress armed struggle and avenge his family's deaths. In the h omeland, Samuel discovers he can run faster than anyone and before lon ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oscar Sharpe
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is filled with action and the story line is intresting. Its about a boy named samuel who lives in a poor part of africa who is really talented at running. His family are killed when he is young and him and his brother move to a little villiage to live with their uncle. They are to work for their uncle but he notices that samuel has a talent at long distance running. I thought it ended good and i really enjoyed the book over all. Samuel is my favorite character because he is such a tale ...more
Caitlin G
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 10-12 year olds
It was a good book, aimed at about younger children so a very quick read. The message it was sending is an important one.
Victoria Stuckey
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Something totally different from what I normally would read. It certainly opened my eyes to the differences of mankind and how we should respect one another.
Edward Sullivan
A grim story about apartheid set in 1980's South Africa that has an interesting premise but lacks enough historical detail to be compelling. Sitck with Beverley Naidoo's excellent novels.
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Blood Runner is inspired in part by the first black South African to win an Olympic gold medal and the struggle to end apartheid. It's written in a matter-of-fact style and zooms past the atrocities the protagonist faces in his life to focus more on the positivity and resiliency of the human spirit. It is a fast read because the story does not go into too much depth with character or plot development, which leaves me wanting a little more to see what the other characters do while Sam is off trai ...more
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James Riordan (10 October 1936 – 10 February 2012) was an English novelist, broadcaster, sports historian, association football player and Russian scholar.

Well known for his work Sport in Soviet Society, the first academic look at sport in the Soviet Union, and for his children
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