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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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Jack
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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
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Evie
May 10, 2011 Evie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
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Crystal Marcos
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
Maaike
3.5 stars - some parts were just too long-winded. Anyway, this was a nice book :)
Lucy
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
Joost
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
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thewanderingjew
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
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M.
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
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JK
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
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Teresa
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".
Nicola Carter
Oct 24, 2014 Nicola Carter rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Barbara
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
Carly
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
Cheryl
Words beautifully strung together...that describes NOAH BURLEYWATER RUNS AWAY by John Boyne! Promises of adventures ahead, away from missed opportunities, betrayals, disappointments and even a greater threat of loss, eight year old Noah takes off into the forest in the middle of the night. His solution is to go deeper into the woods where he finds unknowns that thrill his imagination but fail to satisfy a longing for his family back home.

This fable references Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of P
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Floor
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!
Laura
Una de mis mejores lecturas del 2014. Es un libro mágicamente maravilloso y que todos deberían leer
Rachael Palmer
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
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Audrey Willis
Noah Barleywater Runs Away is basically a middle grade book written by John Boyne, who is also known of the writer The Boy In The Stripe Pyjama. I read TBITSP back then in 2013 and decided to pick up another books by Boyne since I really enjoyed his writing style.

In this book we follow an eight year old Noah, who runs away from home to find some adventures out there. Noah thinks that he needs to prove himself that he's no longer seven and more achievements are should be made. However, is that re
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e.c.h.a
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".
Sasha Zbarskaya
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
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.
Melanie Williams
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.
Tanja
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
Lone Matz
A new perspective on the Pinocchio story. Well written as always from John Boyne and very enjoyable!
Kaya
It's such a great book. It's good for all ages I suppose. Also, It actually is intelligent in a way as it brings up the issues that every person goes through, in a fun, quirky way i.e. Loss of someone who was important in our lives, running away from home not realising that time flies by and the people that we love won't be around forever. I guess it teaches you that running away from problems isn't always the best solution, and we should really appreciate the people around us a lot more as ther ...more
Franziska {Leben und Lesen}
Traurig, aberwitzig, wunderbar geschrieben. Ein Buch, das man sich nicht entgehen lassen sollte.
Inés
Ésta es la tercera novela que leo de John Boyne y la verdad es que me gusta mucho su estilo, así como la variedad de temáticas que aborda en sus libros, de modo que espero poder leer los otros tres que me quedan para haber leído todas sus novelas.

"En el corazón del bosque" es una novela muy cortita que apenas supera las cien páginas pero está narrado con tanto cariño y de una manera tan dulce que es imposible que no te enganches a la primera. Nos cuenta la historia de Noah, un chico de ocho años
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Sarah Sindorf
Resenha do blog Sincerando.com, escrita por Sarah Sindorf

De manhãzinha, antes de todos acordarem, com orvalho ainda molhando o campo, Noah, um garotinho de 8 anos, resolve fugir de casa. Não sabia aonde estava indo, mas achou que seria mais fácil do que enfrentar seus problemas. Procurava um lugar de que gostasse e acabou encontrando uma loja de brinquedos mágica, com um velhinho muito incomum.

Noah é muito inteligente e achei o personagem bastante maduro para sua idade, tendo um motivo real pa
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Adeeb
If you don't know, I LOVED The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for many reasons. Most importantly, it was poignant.

I think the same applies to Noah Barelywater Runs Away. It's an initation story. The eight year old Noah runs away from his house because he feels like he doesn't belong. As he runs away, he encounters an old man and they share many stories.

I loved the stories. I loved knowing about the old man. He really was a great character full of wonder and was very interesting. His background is a
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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 was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. But it was during his time at Trinity that he began to get published. To pay his way at that stage of his career, he worked at Waterstone's, typing up his drafts by night.

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“The first thing he noticed was how quiet it was. This was nothing like the kind of quiet he heard when he woke up in the middle of the night after a bad dream. When that happened, there were always strange, unidentifiable sounds seeping into his room from the tiny gaps where the windowpanes weren't sealed together correctly. At those moments he could always tell there was life outside, even if all that life was fast asleep. It was a silence that wasn't silence at all.” 7 likes
“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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