Spring 2021


One Day We Had to Run . . .

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

CLING. Don’t let go. Hold tight. Never give up. FLY. Rev up. Lift off. Soar. PEDAL. Set off. Cycle. Pedal for your life.

Throughout history, ordinary people have been forced to leave their families and homes because of war, famine, slavery, intolerance, economic and political upheaval, or climate change. These remarkable true stories of escape show how courageous people all around the world have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their flight to freedom.

“An arresting collection of deep, accessible stories of people on the move”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

“A remarkable and beautifully illustrated book which helps children understand what it’s like to be in someone else shoes. The extraordinary achievement is that it is still such a delight to read”—Emily Maitlis, BBC newsreader

“A compelling and inspiring book that contains an array of personal accounts of heroic value, many of which aren’t included in elementary school textbooks. This will undoubtedly be an invaluable resource for educators and students alike”—Manhattan Book Review, 5 STARS

“Highly recommended for ages 9 to 80!”—Reading Pebbles

“Both inspirational and moving. The outcome of each story is full of hope with a focus on positive achievements and outcomes without making light of the difficulties faced”—North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, Social Studies
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2021-05-04
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF069000, JNF007050, JNF053240
Dimensions 10.5 x 8.5
Lexile 1060
Features Maps, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Timeline



“A compelling look at refugee experiences.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“An arresting collection of deep, accessible stories of people on the move.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Wah Chen

Author: Ming Chen

Ming and Wah Chen are identical twins who love history, plucky heroes, and anything by Agatha Christie. Graduates of Harvard and Columbia Universities respectively, they have previously published two children's books and live in Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Illustrator: Carmen Vela

Carmen Vela is an independent art director, designer and illustrator from Spain. For over a decade she has been living between Hong Kong, Brooklyn, and Europe, fueled by her love of books, paper and stories.