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by Keith Gray
Jason has had enough of his parents' arguments. He's running away to stay with his brother in Liverpool. On the train journey he meets a 'runner' called Jam, who lives on the monster Intercity trains and stations. His carefree and adventurous life sounds so exciting that Jason begins to think he might join Jam. Then Jason discovers Jam's secret.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 6th 2005 by Yearling
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This short story tells the tale of Jason, an 11 year old tired of his parents arguments, who has decided to run away to Liverpool to stay with his brother. On the train there he meets Jam, the 'Runner', another young boy who fills Jason's head with stories of life on the run, abandoned as a child, and a runaway from care homes and foster families. He tells Jason that it's not good to rely on anyone, as people just let you down. Just as Jason is considering a life alone and on the run, there's a ...more
In his earliest years, Grimsby-born Keith Gray turned from reluctant reader to passionate reader – then straight on to being a dedicated writer. He published Creepers (1996), which was shortlisted for the 1997 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, in his early twenties, and since then has penned a number of award-winning and critically-acclaimed novels. He is a reviewer of teenage fiction for the Gua ...moreMore about Keith Gray...