Noah Barleywater Runs Away (Hardcover)

By John Boyne, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
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“Noah, age eight, runs away from a difficult reality at home to a fatasyland where trees scold him and animals talk. He finds a toy shop in which all the toys are made of wood, including row upon row of puppets. The old and engaging shop owner tells his own story, and through gentle, savvy, and wise dialogue leads Noah to return home. This allegory confronts the issues of fantasy and reality, immortality and mortality, and what it means to be human, all in a very fine read.”
— Joyce Miller, Baker Books, North Dartmouth, MA


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.

About the Author

John Boyne is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of several novels, including Crippen, The Thief of Time, The Congress of Rough Riders, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Oliver Jeffers is an author and illustrator.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385752466
ISBN-10: 0385752466
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2011
Pages: 240
Language: English