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.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Subject||Social Emotional Learning|
|Number of Pages||144|
- Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book
- Booklist Editors' Choice
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
“Stark straightforwardly conveys family tensions, end-of-life concerns, and intergenerational adoration alongside an archipelago’s worth of vivid details . . .”—starred, Publishers Weekly
“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.