Hold My Hand and Run

Hold My Hand and Run

3.8 (41 ratings by Goodreads)
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This novel has the theme of child abuse. Kazy and Beth are looked after by their aunt. She's a tyrant and beats them, so they run away. When Beth falls ill, Kazy takes her to a place where a community of people live in an old monastery.show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 130 x 210mm | 202g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192717693
  • 9780192717696

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Thirteen-year-old Kazy finds her aunt Latimers beatings harsh indeed, but what she cannot abide is when the victim is her small stepsister, Beth. The aunt has taken over after the death of Beths mother, Eliza, and she is a harsh change from that carefree spirit. Their father, a canon in 17th-century England, is too lost in grief over the loss of both young wives to see the cruelty his sister inflicts on the girls. Thus begins a great adventure. Kazy runs away with Beth, and manages to keep them alive, outwit tinkers, elude those who search for them, and finally find a place with relations of Elizas that Kazy had only vaguely known existed. While the whole is rather romanticized and the ending terribly neat, Kazys passion in protecting and defending her sister is fully realized and vividly rendered. Theres enough historical detail to place the tale firmly in a far-away, but compelling past, and the adventure will attract readers who enjoy stories of resourceful girls who triumph over adversity. (Fiction. 9-14) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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41 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 24% (10)
4 39% (16)
3 29% (12)
2 7% (3)
1 0% (0)
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