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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409012269
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Noah Barleywater Runs Away




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.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409012269
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

John Boyne

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John’s other novels, notably The Absolutist and A History of Loneliness, have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. Most recently, The Heart's Invisible Furies was a Richard & Judy Bookclub word-of-mouth bestseller.

His novels are published in over fifty languages.

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Praise for Noah Barleywater Runs Away

“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”

Jill Murphy, The Bookbag

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

Sally Morris, The Daily Mail

“John Boyne has had huge international success with his Holocaust story The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. His new story, Noah Barleywater Runs Away is very different, and is, I think, destined to become somthing of a children's classic”

Charlie Higson, The 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. I would recommend this unusual, life-affirming tale to adult readers, and as a read-aloud for thoughtful children of age eight or nine-plus”

Irish Independent

“Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a lovely story wrapped in magic and fairytale, and has reminded me how much I love John Boyne's writing. Readers of all ages will find something charming about this story, and it'll make you think about your own actions and how time moves a lot quicker than we think. I highly recommend it to everyone, whether you're old, young or just an 8-year-old boy looking for an adventure.”

Wondrous Reads

“This is a beautiful tale that covers topics such as love, loss and disappointment but it does so in a gentle way that a child can understand...This really is a wonderful story and something to be enjoyed by all ages or together as a family for bed time reading.”

Sarah's Book Reviews

“I feel that this book is John's finest work to date, and heartily recommend it to everyone. It will change the way you see even your own life, at least that's what happened with me! The most memorable read this year”

Vincent, http://mrripleysenchantedbooks.blogspot.com/

“Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a lovely story wrapped in magic and fairytale, and has reminded me how much I love John Boyne's writing. Readers of all ages will find something charming about this story, and it'll make you think about your own actions and how time moves a lot quicker than we think. I highly recommend it to everyone, whether you're old, young or just an 8-year-old boy looking for an adventure.”

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“(John Boyne's) ...eighth novel, for younger readers, centres on a runaway who mets an unusual toymaker in a story full of wonder and broken promises.”

Joanna Kiernan, Irish Sunday Independent (Eire)

“The style and language is accessible to children but Boyne is still able to create a story of great subtlety, imagination and compassion. The ending, while extremely moving, is neither trite nor contrived....Boyne succeeds because he set out to write a great book which could be enjoyed by children, and naturally, as with all great books, by adults also.”

Alec McAllister, The Sunday Business Post (Eire)

“This can be enjoyed for the magical, quirkily-amusing storytelling but will be long remembered for making the reader think about life and death, love and the importance of living without regret.”

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“The end of the story is particularly glorious as the reader finds out why Noah chose to run... Beautiful, haunting and a book that can be enjoyed by adults.”

Stacia Briggs, Norwich Evening News

“The back-story...is lovingly and movingly told. Noah is eight and it is certainly a story eight-year-olds could read but its appeal is to a much wider age range.”

Enid Stephenson, Carousel

“The message that 'life's too short' is carefully imparted by John Boyne. Eloquent and gentle, the author again shows he has a knack for storytelling.”

Fife Leader

“With illustations throughout from Oliver Jeffers, this is a beautiful and wonderfully written fairytale. Poignant, fantastical and charming: Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a must read.”

David O'Callaghan, The Sunday Business Post

“This is an unusual, poignant story with as many surprises as the shop itself.”

Debbie, Primary Times

“The wise old toymaker tells his zany story of promises made and broken. A fantasy grounded in its own logical world, like Alice in Wonderland.”

Jan Lee, Oxford Times

“This is a very good novel. It is thought-provoking, funny, sad, happy but most of all entertaining. I really struggled to put the book down; the imagination Boyne has used when creating this is fantastic. There are some things that you think would be explained (for one that there's a talking dachshund and donkey) that never are, but this only makes the tale more appealing. I love the toyshop that Noah visits and the toymaker. The characters are amazing, the toyshop included. I don't see the toyshop as a setting; it's more of a character in its own right, as you will see if you read it. I think that the book is for all age groups from children to adults. This book will have you hooked and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy; this makes for a perfect read.”

Teen Titles

“The language has an old-fashioned feel, especially at the beginning, and there are some glitches, but there are also many well-turned metaphors and some charming conceits. The gradual revelation of Noah's secret drives the plot forwards, but the end is a surprise (though it, too, is signposted to those who know their fairy tales) and the novel ends on a positive note. Boyne seems more aware of his target audience here than in The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas. This is a moving, gently humorous novel suitable for 8-12 year olds.”

Margrit Cruickshank, Editor's Choice

“Boyne (author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) builds plenty of wit, charm and nonsensical mystery into his poignant story, not unlike a story about a nosy young girl names Alice. And watch out for the heart-warming twist at the end, guaranteed to take adults back to childhood. When Noah Barleywater ran away, I went with him.”

Kimberley Hylton, Books Quarterly

“The way the two strands of narratives entwine is skillfully and sensitively done. 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.”

John Newman, School Librarian

“John Boyne followed his unusual take on the Holocaust, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, with a fairytale exploring painful issues with humour and compassion. A fantasy grounded in its own logical world, like Alice in Wonderland. ”

Jan Lee, Oxford Times

“I think this book is great as you never know what to expect next. It is weird yet wonderful. I also love how John Boyne captures feelings and thoughts of a young boy. This book is suitable for the eight to 11-year-olds as the story is told through the logic of a child. An enchanting story that explores the true magic of life.”

Ann-Marie Kayanja, Sunday Express

“It's an adventurous and mythical book that tells a fantastic story. Some parts of the book are realistic and others are not, because at some part of everyone's life you want to run away, but you don't see talking animals and have strange things happen to you all the time. John Boyne's book made me think about my family and my life because all families have teir own problems. I enjoyed this book because it's a laugh and this will encourage people to read it and have fun. It made me feel happy, sad, giggly, and sorry for Noah. (Young person's review)”

Jordan Hart, South Wales Argus

“The story deals with family life, death and sadness and makes you think about what would happen if you lost a family member. (Young person's review).”

Josh Baker, South Wales Argus

“This book is very adventurous and one big mystery. There are lots of characters- some nice, some sad and some mean, but mostly kind. (Young person's review)”

Georgia Marsh, South Wales Argus

“This is a weird but funny tale and is easy to understand. It has taught me to appreciate my parents and family. (Young person's review)”

Jefferson Brown, South Wales Argus

“The story is about family and life and friendship and made me think that I should never take my parents for granted. (Young person's review)”

Sasha Attewell, South Wales Argus


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