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Run Far, Run Fast

by Tim Decker

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The Black Plague; survival; siblings ( )
  MsBigfoot | Mar 19, 2016 |
Timothy Decker, whose The Letter Home was a picture-book tour-de-force, with its gorgeously detailed pen-and-ink illustrations, and understated poignancy of story, does it again with Run Far, Run Fast, a graphic-novel style picture-book examination of the Black Death in medieval Europe. Opening in an unnamed farming village in 1348, it follows the story - told sparingly, as it concerns the text, and unsparingly, as it concerns the artwork - of a young girl whose family are struck down by the Pestilence. Instructed by her mother to "run far, run fast," she tries to outdistance the illness, only to find it everywhere she goes...

As expected, the artwork here was immensely engrossing, expanding upon the text, and providing additional details for the story. The narrator, whose identity is revealed toward the end of the book, appears almost from the beginning, in the visual, although not the textual, narrative. His mask indicates his likely profession, and explains his role as something of a savior/benefactor to the girl, and her surviving family. A book that needs to be perused, as much as read, Run Far, Run Fast is a moving portrait of a very bleak time in history, but although its ending is ambiguous, it does not shut out hope altogether.

Despite my great enjoyment (I will be tracking down Decker's third offering, For Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre shortly), I did wonder, as with the first book from this talented author/artist that I read, to whom I would recommend it. Children learning about the medieval world, perhaps? This book does bring home the horrors of the Black Death in a uniquely engaging way. Fans of Timothy Decker, of course. Anyone who loves beautiful pen-and-ink work, as well, I think. It's just a beautiful, genre-bending book! ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 24, 2013 |
Decker, whose transcendent The Letter Home is one of my most treasured possessions, has done it again with this deceptively quiet tale of a young girl in the time of the Plague. His stunningly detail-rich pen and ink drawings, as in his prior book, tell a much more heartbreaking story than his words. His words, though, shine with a clear and tender purity that lingers. I've read it 4 times and come away more entranced each time. There are layers upon layers here to be plumbed. Don't hurry through this tour de force. Highly recommended. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
The Pestilence has arrived. With it come death and fear, hiding and desperation. A young girl is hastened out of her dying down town and told by her mother, " Run far, run fast." ( )
  mleon2 | Nov 30, 2011 |
The Pestilence has arrived. With it come death and fear, hiding and desperation. A young girl is hastened out of her dying town and told by her mother, “Run far, run fast.” But she returns, to save her family. She overcomes her fear of the disease and is able to save her family. She gains power as she rescues those she loves despite her fears.
  haleyg | Nov 30, 2011 |
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A story of hope during a time of desolation. The Pestilence has arrived. A young girl is hastened out of her dying town and told by her mother, "Run far, run fast." The child travels from village to castle, castle to countryside, in search of shelter. Wherever she turns, the Pestilence has already appeared. Scared and tired, she finally meets a stranger who knows something of this plague. He is kind and learned, but will his knowledge be enough to save her family?
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When the plague comes to her medieval town, a young girl must flee to find sanctuary.

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