Charlie's Run by Valerie Hobbs

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In running away from home, Charlie runs into more than he bargained for

The night that Charlie Bascomb's parents announce that they are separating, he knows that even though they aren't saying that horrible word divorce, it's only a matter of time. He can't bear the thought of his family breaking up and decides that it's up to him to do something to keep his parents from making a terrible mistake. In the middle of the night, he creeps out of the house and into the darkness, determined to stay away from home for only a day or so, to scare them, to show them, to make them change their minds. But a chance encounter with another runaway, a girl with troubling secrets and a stolen car, leads Charlie farther from home than he'd ever intended to go. Soon Charlie begins to see that it is he who has made the terrible mistake, one that he may not be able to undo, and that there are far worse things that can happen to a kid than his parents getting a divorce.

About Valerie Hobbs

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Valerie Hobbs is the author of several middle grade and young adult novels, such as "Letting Go of Bobby James," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Published April 28, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Dubbed “little Mister Sunshine” by his mother, good-natured Charlie, 11, has always been the emotionally stable fixer in his family, the one who “jumped in and tried to make things right.” When his mother and father announce that they are separating, Charlie decides to run away from home “to teac...

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From the author of Carolina Crow Girl comes an emotionally complex rendition of a familiar story: boy runs away, then realizes there's no place like home. Eleven-year-old Charlie lives with his parent

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Almost immediately, he meets a teenage girl named Doo, a fellow runaway with a car, and together they head farther away than Charlie ever meant to go.

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