Spring 2019

The Runaways

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The Runaways is an inter-generational adventure filled with warmth and humor from one of the world’s great writers for children.

Grandpa hates being in hospital. He thinks only of the place he was happiest—the island where he used to live. He wants to go back, but they won’t let him out of the hospital.

So Gottfried Junior, his namesake, helps Grandpa make a plan to run away. They think of everything. Their deception is so complete that when Gottfried Junior finally decides to tell the truth, no one believes him.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2019
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 144
Publication Date 2019-04-02
BISACS JUV039030, JUV039130, JUV013030
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.75 x 8.25
Lexile 480
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 501144
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


The Horn Book Magazine

“[E]very emotional effect is full earned, and the final beat. . . .is deeply affecting.”—The Horn Book Magazine

The New York Times

The Runaways is flat-out hilarious. And shocking. And weird.”—The New York Times


“An unusual adventure story with a core of mutual grandfather-grandson affection.”—starred, Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Stark straightforwardly conveys family tensions, end-of-life concerns, and intergenerational adoration alongside an archipelago’s worth of vivid details . . .”—starred, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“A touching, realistic, gently humorous story of how a sensitive boy copes with his treasured grandfather’s decline.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Illustrator: Kitty Crowther

Kitty Crowther is an Astrid Lindgren Award-winning author and illustrator based in Belgium.

Author: Ulf Stark

Ulf Stark is one of the world's great writers. Author of over 30 books for children and young adults, he has won many prizes, including the German Youth Literature Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize. He was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.