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The Runaways by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
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The Runaways

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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I always grab Snyder's books because I loved [b:The Velvet Room|6767817|The Velvet Room|Zilpha Keatley Snyder|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1287002250s/6767817.jpg|2440216] and [b:The Egypt Game|771952|The Egypt Game|Zilpha Keatley Snyder|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1306363387s/771952.jpg|1731888].* This one just didn't have the same charm, though. Until we start to get to know Pixie, about halfway through, it's as boring as the desert town itself. It's also presented as realistic, but is entirely implausible & superficial, all through.

2.5 stars, rounded up because I believe my childhood self would have liked it more, back when I wondered what it would be like to run away.

*check out this new nifty cover for that book: [bc:The Egypt Game|903|The Egypt Game (Game, #1)|Zilpha Keatley Snyder|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347840597s/903.jpg|1731888] ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440415128, Paperback)

Three unhappy kids who are stuck in the Nevada desert in 1951 think running away will solve their problems.

Dani O'Donnell is stuck in the middle of the desert, in gruesome Rattler Springs. She knows the desert hates her, and she returns the favor in spades. All she wants to do is get back to California, but she and her mother are too broke to move. Just before her 13th birthday, Dani decides to run away. But before she can get anywhere, 9-year-old Stormy decides he's going, too. Now Dani must come up with money for two bus tickets.

Dani and Stormy are busy earning money when Pixie moves to town. She is the strangest girl--and the biggest liar--Dani has ever met, but she's also rich. She wants to run away too, and she gets them the money they need. Now they each must face what running away will mean--and why they're really doing it.

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Twelve-year-old Dani hates living in the small desert town of Rattler Springs, Nevada, but her plans to run away get complicated when a pesty young boy and an imaginative new girl decide they want to go along.

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