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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 January 1st 2010)
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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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
Rachael Palmer
★★★ 3/5 Stars

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,...more
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.
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
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
Traurig, aberwitzig, wunderbar geschrieben. Ein Buch, das man sich nicht entgehen lassen sollte.
Inés Eugenia Muñoz
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...more
Sarah Sindorf
Resenha do blog, 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...more
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...more
The Styling Librarian
Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - Interesting storyline, fascinating characters and stories revealed throughout. The twists and reveals are pretty fantastic yet somewhat upsetting. I think since this was an audiobook listen I will reread this book later in the summer to see the illustrations that accompany the text. Can’t wait! This is part of the Hong Kong Battle of the Books list for next year. Quite happy to continue reading my way through the end of th...more
Well, stories about magical toy shops don't particularly excite me in terms of the 'predictability' of the story. You know the drill, magical toy shops that have toys that look like they are eerily alive or are actually alive if you have enough imagination to think so. And if you step right into one of the shops, you are going to have a wonderful adventure with ALL the toys. This book has some of the similar traits but there are some things written inside and the ending to the story that made th...more

John Boyne's gift seems to be in the telling of stories that truly are more than first meets the eye, modern fables that dance on the edge of reason to deliver a message more powerful than just the events that they relay. Noah Barleywater Runs Away is steeped in fantasy and for much of its length reads like a book meant only for the very young, but there's more being said than is simply being said. One must look harder to discern what the story is really meant to convey, about living life cont...more
Noah cannot bear to live at home anymore. This eight year old decides to run away and on his journey he comes across some very interesting characters and an old man who helps him talk through his problems while telling Noah his own story.

This fairy tale journey that Noah takes unveils itself as the day goes on and Noah’s friendship with an old toymaker grows. At first, you do not know the reason that Noah has left home, but it soon becomes clear that something is going on with his mother. The O...more
Noah Barleywater Runs Away is simply magical. The reader follows the lovely little boy Noah, who runs away from his home one morning because of his problems. He travels through various villages and meets many a strange character. He witnesses some events, he listens to others' tales and he also learns, mostly about himself.
At one point, he enters an extraordinary toy shop and meets an even more extraordinary person there.

Noah Barleywater Runs Away is one of those books which stands halfway betwe...more
Wie eine einzige Geschichte, ein ganzes Leben verändern kann...

"Du darfst niemals den Wunsch haben, etwas anderes zu sein als das, was du bist [...] Vergiss das nie. Du sollst nicht mehr haben wollen als das, was dir gegeben wurde. Es könnte der größte Fehler deines Lebens sein."

Noah Barleywater, rennt von zu hause fort. Eines Morgens, der Tau ruht noch auf den Grashalmen, macht der kleine, 8-jährige Junge sich auf den Weg und lässt sein Elternhaus hinter sich. Nie wieder will er zu...more
Ronald Roseborough
Noah Barleywater is like many of us. When things get too tough to face, we want to run away from them. Noah is only eight years old when he decides to run away leaving his mom and dad. He is not very prepared for what the world has in store for him. By the time he has gone two towns over and through the woods, he is experiencing a touch of doubt and a rather large hunger. Guided by a talking donkey and an equally loquacious dachshund, he finds a ramshackle cottage that doubles as a toy store. No...more
Noah Barleywater is van huis weggelopen, hij is acht jaar. Noah vind dat hij tot nu toe niets heeft gepresteerd of beleefd. Op een morgen heel vroeg gaat hij op stap. Hij komt vanalles tegen, dieren die praten, bomen die een stapje op zij gaan de meest onwaarschijnlijke dingen. Tenslotte komt hij aan in het derde dorp. Noah is helemaal gefascineerd van een boom die voor een heel vreemd huis staat. Het blijkt een speelgoedwinkel te zijn. Met een bijzondere inhoud. Al het speelgoed is van hout, er...more
Sandra Stiles
Noah Barleywater ran away from home. He was eight years old. It was time he set out for adventures of his own. The first two villages he comes to are not very friendly. As he nears the third village he meets up with a couple of talking animals. They tell him about the strange tree adn the even stranger building in the village ahead. The building is a toy shop. Noah enters the toy shop and comes face to face with walls lined with puppets, an old man, and strange happenings in the shop. As he gets...more
Noah Barleywater marks John Boyne’s return to children’s’ fiction after the success of his deservedly celebrated first novel; The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I do not want to give too much away about the plot as there are a few secrets that some readers may want to uncover for themselves. One thing that I can say is that Noah Barleywater not only met but surpassed my expectations from an author of Boyne’s calibre. The book has been called and marketed as a ‘fairytale’ and it is my opinion that B...more
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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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