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From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; a magical story about the choices we make.

Noah is running away from his problems the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest - or at least that's what he thinks. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he's not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever.

A thought-provoking fable from the author of the bestselling Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Reviews

With goodly dollops of magic and wonderful surrealism, it has a fable-like quality. If they like magical stories, and if they like to deal with serious issues in a metaphorical way, they will love this sweet, funny and kindly book. I certainly did

The Bookbag

This delightful, bittersweet 'fairytale' is a flight of fantasy with playful use of language and a joy from start to finish. Noah's heartbreaking emotional journey is lightened by a rich vein of absurd humour and eccentric characters

Daily Mail

Destined to become something of a children's classic

Mail On Sunday

It's inventive, wily, twisty . . . Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a carefully crafted whimsical gem, a story to share with others and to discuss at book clubs, a true publishing event

Irish Independent

Boyne has interesting things to say about identity, self knowledge and how we cope with life's travails and the book really does benefit from a second reading. Oliver Jeffers has produced beautiful cover artwork and his line drawings are suitably enigmatic helping to make this both an attractive and desirable package

The School Librarian

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Also by John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
Beneath the Earth
A History of Loneliness
Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
This House is Haunted
Next of Kin
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket
Crippen
The Absolutist
The Congress of Rough Riders
The Thief of Time
The House of Special Purpose
Mutiny On The Bounty
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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