Noah Barleywater Runs Away
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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. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he's not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever. A thought-provoking fable from the author of the bestselling Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.show more

Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 170g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white plates
  • 0552572063
  • 9780552572064
  • 239,996

About John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of ten novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. In 2015, John chaired the panel for the Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. The Heart's Invisible Furies is his most ambitious novel yet.show more

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"With goodly dollops of magic and wonderful surrealism, it has a fable-like quality. If they like magical stories, and if they like to deal with serious issues in a metaphorical way, they will love this sweet, funny and kindly book. I certainly did" * The Bookbag * "This delightful, bittersweet 'fairytale' is a flight of fantasy with playful use of language and a joy from start to finish. Noah's heartbreaking emotional journey is lightened by a rich vein of absurd humour and eccentric characters" * Daily Mail * "Destined to become something of a children's classic" * Mail On Sunday * "It's inventive, wily, twisty . . . Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a carefully crafted whimsical gem, a story to share with others and to discuss at book clubs, a true publishing event" * Irish Independent * "Boyne has interesting things to say about identity, self knowledge and how we cope with life's travails and the book really does benefit from a second reading. Oliver Jeffers has produced beautiful cover artwork and his line drawings are suitably enigmatic helping to make this both an attractive and desirable package" * The School Librarian *show more

Review Text

"Boyne has interesting things to say about identity, self knowledge and how we cope with life's travails and the book really does benefit from a second reading. Oliver Jeffers has produced beautiful cover artwork and his line drawings are suitably enigmatic helping to make this both an attractive and desirable package"show more

Back cover copy

Noah Barleywater left home in the early morning, before the sun rose, before the dogs woke, before the dew stopped falling on the fields. Eight-year-old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he runs away through the forest, and before long he comes across a toyshop, full of amazing toys and wonderful magic. Here, Noah meets a very unusual toymaker with a story to tell; a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life. And it could change yours too. 'Destined to become something of a children's classic' Charlie Higson, Mail on Sunday 'Spellbinding stuff' Financial Times 'Timeless and imaginative. I don't know how Boyne does it' The Irish Timesshow more

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2,223 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 22% (493)
4 36% (798)
3 30% (678)
2 9% (202)
1 2% (52)
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