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The Runaway Summer

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Already upset by her parents divorce, an eleven-year-old girl finds matters just get worse when she helps hide a boy who immigrated to England illegally.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published June 24th 1976 by Puffin Books (first published 1969)
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Fleur Hitchcock
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I probably read this book when it first came out, and I found myself with the copy that I had owned as a child. Hard backed, illustrated by Judith Kerr. I found myself sucked in to Mary's story. Her fury, her misery, her complete sense of being rejected by her parents - landed on her aunt and her Grandfather to live for an indefinite time. Mary begins to make up stories about herself, and almost believes them - and they are only challenged when she meets a local boy, and a refugee.
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Nancy
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read this as a child but didn't really remember it. Re-reading as an adult, I find it surprisingly lovely. The young characters seem authentic and fully realized, flaws and all, but likeable. I absolutely identified with and appreciated Mary from the very start:
"Mary was angry. She had been angry for ages; she couldn't remember when she had last felt nice. Sometimes she was angry for a good reason -- when someone tried to make her do something she didn't want to do -- but most of
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Baneen
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I usually don't read stories like this one, but it was worth reading it.
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Nina Bawden was a popular British novelist and children's writer. Her mother was a teacher and her father a marine.

When World War II broke out she spent the school holidays at a farm in Shropshire along with her mother and her brothers, but lived in Aberdare, Wales, during term time.
Bawden attended Somerville College, Oxford, where she gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Her nove
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