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|
|Category||SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning|
|Number of Pages||144|
Author: Ulf Stark
Ulf Stark (1944-2017) is one of the world's great writers. He is author of more than 30 books for children and has won many prizes for his stellar work. He was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.
Illustrator: Kitty Crowther
Kitty Crowther is an Astrid Lindgren Award-winning author and illustrator based in Belgium.
- 2021 Sakura Medal Longlist
- Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Booklist Editors' Choice
- Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Book
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