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The Runaways

The Runaways (Hardback)

By Stark, Ulf
Illustrated by Crowther, Kitty

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Originally published in Sweden as Rymlingarna.

ISBN 9781776572335
Barcode 9781776572335
Published 1 January 2019 by Gecko Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781776572335
ISBN-10 1776572335
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Publication Date 1 January 2019
International Publication Date 2 April 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stark, Ulf
Illustrated by Crowther, Kitty
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Suicide, Death & Bereavement
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 363g
Interest Age 6-11 years
Reading Age 7-8 years
Library of Congress Islands, Runaway children, Children's stories, Runaways, Grandfathers
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 958871

Description of this Book

The Runaways is an adventure filled with warmth and humor from one of the world's great writers. Grandpa's in the hospital and hating it. He swears at the nurses and makes trouble. Ulf's dad finds it too stressful to visit. But Ulf visits Grandpa as often as he's allowed, and when he's not allowed, he goes anyway. Grandpa thinks only of the place he was happiest--the island where he lived with Grandma before she died. He wants to go back, but they won't let him out of the hospital. Ulf and Grandpa take things into their own hands. If running away is the only way to get to the island, then they'll be runaways.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A boy helps his ailing grandfather go home one last time in this Swedish import. Gottfried finds life enlivened by his feisty grandfather, who's always been 'difficult.' They are true kindred spirits. Confined now to the hospital with a broken leg and weak heart, Grandpa's 'worse than ever.' Gottfried's dad avoids hospital visits because Grandpa's naughty behavior and declining condition make him 'tired and sad.' He rejects Gottfried's plea to bring Grandpa to live with them, insisting he's 'too sick and angry and stubborn and crazy.' Pretending to be at football training, Gottfried visits Grandpa in the hospital and suggests they should run away. Lying to his parents about where he's going overnight, Gottfried surreptitiously transports Grandpa to the island house where he lived with Grandma until she died. Back home for one night, Grandpa happily reverts to his old clothes, savors Grandma's last jar of lingonberry jam, and says farewell to his old life before returning to the hospital. Gottfried's accessible, unadorned, heartfelt first-person narration reveals the depth of his bond with his grandfather as well as his insightful understanding of his father's limitations. Linear, colored-pencil drawings capture key interactions between characters and revel in Grandpa's choler. Characters are white (or, in Grandpa's case, grouchily pink). A touching, realistic, gently humorous story of how a sensitive boy copes with his treasured grandfather's decline. --starred, Kirkus Reviews --Journal

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Author's Bio

Ulf Stark is one of the world's great writers. Author of over 30 books for children and young adults, he has won many prizes, including the German Youth Literature Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize. He was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018. Kitty Crowther is an Astrid Lindgren Award-winning author and illustrator based in Belgium.

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