Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne

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Eight-year-old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he runs away, taking an untrodden path through the forest.

Before long, he comes across a shop. But this is no ordinary shop: it's a toyshop, full of the most amazing toys, and brimming with the most wonderful magic. And here Noah meets a very unusual toymaker. The toymaker has a story to tell, and it's a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life.


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About John Boyne

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JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of six novels for adults. His first novel for children, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award, and has been made into a film. His novels are published in over 30 languages. He lives in Dublin. OLIVER JEFFERS is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star (HarperCollins) was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John Boyne), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. His books have been translated into 19 languages.

























Author Residence: Dublin OLIVER JEFFERS is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. His first picture book, How to Catch a Star (HarperCollins) was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John Boyne), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. His books have been translated into 19 languages. To learn more about him and his work, please visit OliverJeffers.com.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by David Fickling Books. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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At age eight, Noah Barleywater runs away from home. He is the seventh cleverest boy in his class and has read 14 books from cover to cover but does not consider these achievements sufficient, and

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The New York Times

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The story, part adventure, part fairy tale, part coming-of-age, is an unusual one, told largely by a mysterious old toymaker to a precocious little boy who has set out to “make his own way in the world” despite the efforts of “a great blanket of happy memories trying to break through and smother ...

May 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Noah Barleywater Runs Away

The Guardian

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But even if a reader does work out what lies behind both Noah Barleywater and the old man's running away, it's unlikely to spoil the enjoyment of this inventive tale.

Oct 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Publishers Weekly

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Though the magical elements in this carpe diem tale are loosely bound by a meandering thread, Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) touchingly conveys Noah's emotional development from a boy in denial of painful realities to a young man who accepts that which can't be changed.

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of Noah Barleywater Runs Away

The Telegraph

Toymaker ran away from his father - and the choice he made beforehand - is .

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Noah Barleywater Runs Away

The Bookbag

In this book, there are two unspoken issues: the reason for Noah's leaving home, and the identity of the toymaker.

Sep 13 2010 | Read Full Review of Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Independent.ie

His latest, Noah Barleywater Runs Away, sees him return to children's fiction for the first time since his bestselling The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and already it has been nominated for an Irish Children's Book Award.

Nov 06 2010 | Read Full Review of Noah Barleywater Runs Away

KidsReads

His fantastic account takes readers across the globe, through Europe, South America and North America as he explains that, just like Noah, he once had a father who loved him dearly, but his choice to run away came with consequences.

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Noah Barleywater Runs Away

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Noah is running away from his problems the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest - or at least that's what he thinks.

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