Run Far, Run Fast by Timothy Decker

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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? Timothy Decker explores the bleak yet breathtaking world of fourteenth-century Europe. Stark pen-and-ink drawings emphasize the realism of this romanticized period, and straightforward prose creates a truly haunting tale.
 

About Timothy Decker

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The celebrated life of Timothy Decker is a story known by all of us, but how much do we really know about this renowned writer and illustrator? It seems that even the most talented and scrupulous scholars barely scratch the surface of Timothy Decker’s sublime genius. Certainly, his artistic achievements are well established, author/illustrator of The Letter Home, Run Far, Run Fast and For Liberty: The Story of The Boston Massacre, but has anyone discussed his contributions to say, the sciences of paleohydrogeology and geomorphology? His discovery of the darktron? Or the time Timothy Decker saved the Earth by using a single kumquat? So many unaccounted adventures… alas. Welcome into the world of one of the greatest minds humanity ever produced.
 
Published October 1, 2007 by Front Street. 40 pages
Genres: Young Adult.

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Though Decker creates convincing late-medieval backdrops, he dresses the young wanderer in clothing that looks modern, and he draws figures with such minimalism that the sex of the adult narrator, a doctor with whom the child eventually comes to live, is ambiguous;

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In fact, they tell a story all on their own (one that compliments the text, but offers a complex world and clues that prompt reading between the lines.) The illustrations do more to convey the themes of compassion and cruelty then the text could ever hope to.

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