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Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen

Runaway (2006)

by Wendelin Van Draanen

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This is a book about a 12-year-old girl who is in a not-good foster-home situation, and makes a break for it. She ends up in California (not sure where she started), where it's really just a fight to survive! The book is in journal format and is really quite sad and touching. Overall, it was a pretty good book; I just wish the ending was a bit more... concrete... ( )
  saraferrell | Apr 3, 2013 |
Sad story, written in a journal format. The ending seemed very unlikely, but possible. ( )
  pidgeon92 | Apr 1, 2013 |
This was a pretty good book. I liked the character and the voice that was used. There was enough excitement to keep me interested. ( )
  ShannaRedwind | Mar 31, 2013 |
Holly can't take the abuse anymore from her current foster family and at the tender age of twelve decides to run away. This is her story told in journal fashion. Although this is a fictional book, the sad thing is that somewhere out there it IS a child's real life or some version of.

My heart went out to Holly, and I wanted to reach through the pages of this fictional world, grab her into the real world and smother her with love. Author did a fantastic job of putting you right into the story. It's a young adult book with an adult punch. Recommend!! ( )
  justablondemoment | Jul 3, 2010 |
Amazing book. Realistic and poetic. One of the few books about running away--- if it doesn't get the New-Berry award I don't know what will. ( )
  Carolyn7727 | Apr 4, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440421098, Mass Market Paperback)

"It's a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me."

Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she's had enough. She's run away before and always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser now--she's twelve--and this time she gets away clean.

Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story. We travel with her across the country--hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments. And we also travel with her across the gaping holes in her heart--as she finally comes to terms with her mother's addiction and death.

Runaway is a remarkably uplifting portrait of a girl still young and stubborn and naive enough to hold out hope for finding a better place in the world, and within herself, to be.

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After running away from her fifth foster home, Holly, a twelve-year-old orphan, travels across the country, keeping a journal of her experiences and struggle to survive.

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