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by Ruth Thomas
Winner of the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 1988, this book is the compelling and unique story of two children, Julian and Nathan, from inner city London. Outsiders at school and unhappy at home, the two are strangely drawn together. They stumble across some money with which they try to buy friendship in their class, but with teachers and parents closing...more
(first published January 15th 1987)
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I have been trying to think of books that I enjoyed as an older child/ pre-adolescent. I clearly remember selecting this from the school library at about eleven years of age because nothing else grabbed my attention that day, and then I remember not being able to put it down once I started reading it. Yet I can barely remember the story. So I give it 3 stars tentatively, knowing that at the time I did in fact really like it, but not really being able to put my finger on what it was that engaged...more
I read this when I was edging into my teens. I don't remember much of the story but I do remember loving it. I felt the need to search for it and recognised the cover instantly. It's stuck in my head all these years so I deem it worthy of 4 stars for that even though my true recollections are fuzzy.
I bought the book, runaways, from St Vinnies and found the blurb on the back really intriguing, so I bought the book for fifty cents. The book has a wonderful storyline, although, at times it does get hard to understand because the author uses English colloquial language from England. I'm Australian, so I had no idea of about what the English slang meant, but I still really enjoyed this book. I absolutely love how Julia and Nathan can get away with with everything that they did, however, I didn'...more