Owen and the Soldier
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2020
Reading Age: 8 Interest Age: 8-12
“A clever, thought‑provoking story that draws parallels between past and present conflicts, and how we remember those lost so that we can move on” – Emma Carroll
Owen and his mum are struggling. It’s just the two of them at home now and they’re finding it difficult to ask for the help they need. When Owen discovers a crumbling stone soldier in the local park, it feels like he finally has someone he can talk to about his worries. But the town council cant’s see how important the soldier is and they
want to remove him. Owen’s scared that he’ll be left on his own again, but can he find the courage he needs to save the soldier before it’s too late?
Cover artwork and vignettes by Mike Lowery
Information for Adults: This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it. It has been edited to a reading age of 8.
AR Level – 4.3
Read the first chapter of Owen and the Soldier below: