A crumbling stone soldier sits on a bench in the park and only Owen understands how important he is ... A touching story of loss and remembrance from Lisa Thompson, the award-winning author of The Goldfish Boy. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+
Reviewed by Fiona Thompson
Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson is a story about a lonely boy who needs to be brave to save the memorial which saved him.
As a reader, you can’t help but feel an instant affinity to the main character in this story. At once you sense the pain and loneliness of a young boy with a kind heart. Owen’s comfort comes from talking to a stone statue of a soldier, who rests in the memorial garden at the park. However, when he finds out the statue is due to be removed, Owen has to be brave and step outside of his solitary world to make a difference and protect the statue.
Owen and the Soldier is a story about a lonely boy who needs to be brave to save the memorial which saved him. is a lovely book for children of all ages in the upper junior years. The topic and discussions around what is seemingly a simple story mean that all ages can get lots from this book. The language is simple, but the story is multi-layered with opportunities for rich discussion. It is a great book to model ‘think-aloud’ and demonstrate good reading habits to those who are embarking on a more independent reading journey and beginning to step into chapter books. The unpatronising simplicity and connection with the protagonist have made it a favourite quick read in my class.