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Noah Barleywater Runs Away

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,810 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
In Noah Barleywater Runs Away, bestselling author John Boyne explores the world of childhood and the adventures that we can all have there. Noah is running away from his problems, or at least that's what he thinks, the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker he's not sure what ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by David Fickling Books (first published 2010)
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May 10, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne is a magical work of art. What appears superficially to be just another juvenile adventure book, is, in truth, the most beautiful and deeply touching fairy tale I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time.

Noah is an extremely vulnerable and bright young boy, who, at the age of 8, have decided to escape from his home and his parents, in hope of experiencing some great, life-changing adventures. Or, should I say, this is what Noah convinces himself to
Feb 12, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
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I thought this book was a bit too random for starts. It was very imaginative, but sometimes a bit over the top. It's not very descriptive at all and sometimes the storyline became a bit boring, but the characters are interesting and kept me going throughout the book. Not a page turner for me but the characters and their personalities made up for that.

I fell in love with the innocence of Noah. The rest of the characters were a bi
Crystal Marcos
May 24, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book and it was definitely worth the read. I hadn't read anything by John Boyne before and found this story to be quite magical right from the very start. As the title gives away, it is about a boy who runs away from home. Noah is just 8 years old and dealing with something very hard for a young child to comprehend. It tugged at my heartstrings at times. Don't get me wrong though it really is far from a sad story. All I know is that I would have loved to visit a vi ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Kamalia rated it really liked it
Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne is a book that fits under many genres. Ultimately i would place it under Children/Middle-grade Fiction, but it can also fall under Fantasy and Fairy Tale. I picked it up from a booksale and when i posted a photo of it on instagram, somebody commented and said that they really wanted to read the book because somebody whom they looked up to told them that it was their favourite book. Knowing that, i had to find out why. And i did. I loved the overall story ...more
May 22, 2015 Maaike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - some parts were just too long-winded. Anyway, this was a nice book :)
Jun 10, 2011 Lucy rated it it was amazing
Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a beautifully crafted modern fairytale which both children and adults alike will adore. Brilliantly bizzare from the very first page, John Boyne's latest children's book tells the story of Noah Barleywater, an eight-year-old boy who sets off to see the world with the intention of leaving all his cares and worries behind. He quickly becomes swept up in a strange, magical adventure, but upon meeting a very special toymaker he learns an important lesson in dealing with ...more
Jan 17, 2015 JK rated it it was ok
I love reading children's fiction. It's usually so creative, imaginative, and fantastic, with excellent morals and teachings. I like exploring kid's books for myself, but also imagining what a younger mind could take away from them. Although I don't do it often, I quite like to delve into a little fairy tale such as this one to keep me in touch with the better, more magical world of children's fiction.

This story is incredibly random. So random, in fact, I was surprised when the finale turned out
Noah Barleywater is een achtjarig jochie die erg dromerig is. Hij ontwijkt zijn problemen en gaat ervandoor. Hij loopt op een ochtend zijn huis stiekem uit en gaat de wereld verkennen. Hij loopt dus weg van huis en uiteindelijk komt hij bij een winkel. Het is een speelgoedzaak, vol met speelgoed gemaakt van hout. De speelgoedmaker is ook bijzonder en vertelt de jongen allemaal wonderlijke verhalen over zijn leven...

John Boyne is natuurlijk bekend van De jongen in de gestreepte pyjama, een ontroe
May 08, 2011 thewanderingjew rated it it was amazing
The book is described as a fairy tale and I would agree. When you reach the final pages, you will realize that the story is the sensitively, retold tale of a wonderful, imaginary character from our childhood. The story is told with subtle humor and simple truths and the ending will surprise you.
It is about Noah Barleywater, a child who has to face problems that may be beyond his years. To escape from his fears, Noah decides to run away and have some adventures. After all, he is already 8 and has
Aug 20, 2012 M. rated it liked it
I liked this book and didn't like it. To start with, it's supposedly geared for kids about 3rd grade and up. I listened to it on CD and feel that the reader has such a soft voice and talks in such measured tones that the first several chapters drag on. Gradually I got drawn into the story, but I think most 3rd and 4th graders won't have the patience to keep going. Secondly, the story has lots of layers to it and it will fly over the heads of most young readers. There are magic creatures, a few o ...more
Harun Harahap
Tersebutlah seorang anak bernama Noah Barleywater. Usianya baru saja menginjak angka delapan. Namun, dia sudah kabur dari rumahnya sebelum pagi datang. Dia berpikir belum melakukan banyak hal hebat selama delapan tahun hidupnya. Tidak seperti temannya yang bisa masuk surat kabar karena memberikan buket bunga kepada sang Ratu. Noah akhirnya memutuskan untuk keluar dari rumah dan mulai berpetualang.

Namun, apakah itu saja alasannya? Ternyata tidak. Alasannya terkuak ketika dia bertemu seorang kakek
Aug 14, 2015 Sebastian rated it really liked it
Me declaro fan de John Boyne :3
Shashi Martynova
Mar 19, 2013 Shashi Martynova rated it liked it
that's a story-fable well told, quite poignant and gentle.
the morale goes along the lines "care for loved ones while you're alive, later can be too late", but it's neither soggy, nor too mentoring. nice read for young teenagers (emotional education of sorts) and for adults - as a reminder.
Virginia Squier
Dec 11, 2011 Virginia Squier rated it really liked it
I really love the way Boyne writes. His imagery and characters are wonderful. As I was reading this book I kept trying to predict where Boyne was going with the plotline, and could not. When the ending was revealed I was impressed with how original the fable was.
Nov 05, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it
I read this for a children's reading group which I'm starting leading today at my daughter's school...eek. Not as magical or moving as Barnaby Brockett. To quote my daughter " it just went on and on with no particular focus".
Melanie Williams
Nov 01, 2012 Melanie Williams rated it really liked it
A really sweet book that felt much like an Enid Blyton. I was waiting for Mr Moonface from Folk of the Faraway Tree to pop in! However it is much better written and would really suit a read aloud text for grades 2-5 in primary school.
Lone Matz
Nov 17, 2014 Lone Matz rated it liked it
A new perspective on the Pinocchio story. Well written as always from John Boyne and very enjoyable!
Dec 13, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una de mis mejores lecturas del 2014. Es un libro mágicamente maravilloso y que todos deberían leer
Jul 20, 2015 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Es mi libro favorito de John Boyne. Su narración es muy dulce y muy tierna. Me ha gustado mucho salvo por un par de cositas.
La primera ha sido la introducción, creo que ha sido muy brusca, poco creible y cosas puestas por poner. Sinceramente me ha parecido que Boyne ha intentado imitar un poco el estilo de Lewis Carroll y que no ha sabido. Por otro lado, quitando esto parecia que la lectura iba a ser muy emotiva, y así fue (quitando el muy) hasta que Noah, el protagonista, empieza a volvers
Nicola Carter
Oct 24, 2014 Nicola Carter rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nicola by: Won From Waterstones
i have never read A Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (I know, I know, I hate myself too)so i began this book not knowing how i would like Boyne's writing style. All i can say is , I'm in love.
We start with Noah Barleywater , he's currently running away from home, he's soon drawn to a rickety, odd looking toy shop where he meets an old toymaker. They share stories together about being young and growing up.
One thing I noticed while reading this , is that the detail of the toy shop is beautiful, you hone
Aug 07, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla
It took awhile for this story to draw me in, partly because I loved The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and couldn't see how any subsequent book by the author could measure up, partly because I wasn't sure why Noah was leaving home and what kind of world he might be venturing into. But once I realized his reasons for wanting to avoid what was happening at home--think A Monster Calls--and saw some of the parallels and regrets in the toymaker's own life, I settled down and enjoyed it. That said, I don' ...more
May 13, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
So we all know I’m prone to shedding a few tears now and then. In fact, I’m starting to think Random House actually hate me, which is why they keep releasing books that make me cry buckets. We had Trash, we had Half Brother, Boys Don’t Cry (boys may not but Carly certainly does cry) and Tall Story – to name a very small selection. Well, Noah Barleywater really takes the biscuit when it comes to reducing me to a blubbering wreck. I finished this book in the bath, surrounding by bubbles, weeping f ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Floor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meeslepend, wonderlijk verhaal over een jongen die vlucht van huis om vele avonturen te beleven. Je merkt duidelijk dat het boek door de zelfde schrijver geschreven als 'De jongen in de gestreepte pyjama', door de schrijfstijl die iets wat kinderlijk is maar wel heerlijk om te lezen is! Blij dat ik het heb gelezen!
Jul 24, 2015 Linden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle grade readers
Recommended to Linden by: A public library display

Noah is eight and has decided to run away from home to have an adventure. It isn't until he reaches the third village distant from home where a quiet adventure of a different sort begins with an old man in a toy shop.

At first I was impatient with the story; it reminded me of a book that was very old when given to me: Stories by Mrs. Molesworth. It, itself, reminded me of a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, "The Land of Counterpane." These leapfrog connections led me to the answer. My impatience ca
Dec 27, 2014 Rachael rated it liked it
Synopsis: Eight year old Noah’s problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn’t think about them so he runs away, taking an untrodden path through the forest. Before long, he comes across a shop but this is no ordinary shop. It is a toy shop filled with the most amazing toys and brimming with the most wonderful magic and here Noah meets a very unusual toy maker.

The toy maker has a story to tell and it’s a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey, a journey th
Bingung juga mau nulis apa tentang cerita ini, takutnya malah jadi spoiler. Yang pasti, gue suka banget sama ceritanya. Saat gue baca ceritanya menghangatkan hati. Dan, dari semua buku genre "children" karya John Boyne yang pernah gue baca. Kisah Noah Barleywater yang kabur dari rumah orang tuanya ini, sangat berbeda. Modern fairy tale kalau bisa dibilang.

Inti ceritanya pun simpel tapi bermakna. tentang perjalanan menemukan arti "rumah".
Sep 07, 2015 Ola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a coming of age story with a rather common sad twist. Personally, I felt like the author lost his way a bit in the beginning of the book. On the other hand, I enjoyed the retellings of popular tales intertwined with the main plot.
Red Kedi
Feb 09, 2016 Red Kedi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartaceo
Noah è scappato di casa. Non vuole voltarsi indietro e sta cercando un villaggio dove poter ricominciare da zero, peccato che abbia solo otto anni. Piccolo ma tenace, avanza con impegno tra villaggi sconosciuti e strambi, tra persone strane ed alberi che ringhiano. La fortuna sembra non essergli amica, fino al momento in cui non trova una bottega di giochi sgangherata e stranamente abbandonata. Il proprietario, un mastro intagliatore molto anziano, lo accoglierà e tra stranezze e storie, si farà ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Tanja rated it really liked it
Shelves: chn-fantasy
A book that took me by surprise. Totally! Even though I appreciate John Boyne as an author and Oliver Jeffers as an illustrator, for some reason I had not been drawn to this book, which is one of the titles for Hong Kong's Battle of the Books 2014. Consequently, I had not even read the blurb and eventually just picked it because I had read most of the other books by now. (Actually, I did not pick the printed book but downloaded the audio version.) By the time the toy maker began to share his mem ...more
Sarah Janina
Ein Märchen von einem, der auszog, den Mut zu finden.
Noah läuft von Zuhause weg um Abenteuer zu erleben, oder um etwas zu entfliehen. Nach dem er bereits in den ersten zwei Dörfern seltsame Dinge erlebt, bringt ihn ein einsamer Waldweg zu einem ganz besonderen Spielzeugladen. Darin befinden sich fast nur Marionetten - und ein alter Spielzeugmacher, der Noah viel zu erzählen hat. In seinen Geschichten geht es um Abenteuer, Wunder und gebrochene Versprechen. So nimmt er Noah mit auf eine Reise. U
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John Boyne (born 30 April 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.

John Boyne is the author of nine novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.

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“I like 'fresh fruit flan'," said the donkey. "Three excellent words."
"I don't have one," said Noah immediately before the question could even be asked, and the donkey opened his eyes wide in suprise, and for a moment Noah wondered whether he might even consider eating him.”
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