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"It's a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me."

Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she's had enough. She's run away before and always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser now--she's twelve--and this time she gets away clean.

Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story.
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 12th 2006)
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Harold Ogle
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, social-justice
Runaway is another book picked for me at random at the library by my daughter. More often than not, she comes up with good stuff. That's probably a testament as much to the librarians as it is to my daughter, but still...

Runaway is a sequel, of sorts, to another book that Van Draanen wrote (Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy), but in no way is it necessary to have read that first. In fact, I'd recommend against reading Sammy Keyes first, as knowing what happens in that book would be spoilers f
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Winifred
I really liked this book beacuse the reader was able to get into the mind of character. The author does this well by using 1st person narrative. I also like that the book was written in diary from because it made me fee closer to the character. I found it interestng how the chracter refered to herself as a sea gypse(sp?) instead of a homeless girl. In the book the character also says how much he hates doing certain things when she really likes them such as writing poetry. The character also seem ...more
Sara
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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MEREDITH :)
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Runaway By: Wenddelin Van Draanen.
This story is about a foster girl, she lives with her foster parents who make her sleep in the laundry room when shes a "bad girl"
After her foster dad shoves her head in the toilet and flushes several times, shes had enough.
She runaway.
Read this book to find out the type of horror and fear she faces.
All she wants is a good family and house to love and live in.
Is that too much to ask?
I guess it is when your mother died bc of heroin.
Read this book to find out if
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Joe B.
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Reading/L.A. Book Review 8
28 January 2011
Runaway:
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
“It’s never too late- in fiction or in life- to revise.” This quote from Nancy Thayer describes this book. In Runaway, by Wendelin Van Draanen, Holley Janquel is a runaway. A minor who has left the care of an adult. In the beginning of this realistic fiction book, Holly receives a journal from her teacher, Ms. Leone, who instructs her to write down her feelings. Holly’s mother and father have d
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Shane M
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine living your entire life without a house or someone to trust. That is how 12 year old Holly lives her life on the road.
The genre of Runaway is realistic fiction.
I liked this book a lot because it talks about an adventure & a amazing journey.

The setting of my book is wherever Holly decides to travel, like LA and Nevada. It takes place in the present. This is important because it makes the story less fictional because people can relate. All Holly really wanted was just a family and a
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Olivia Gonzales
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Olivia Gonzales
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Goodreads Review no. 2 - Runaway

Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen is the powerful story of a young girl named Holly Janquell who has been deemed “unadoptable” and constantly runs away from her foster homes. When she faces some cruel events in one of them, she runs away to the western beaches, calling herself a “sea gypsy” as she dislikes the word homeless.
Throughout all of her experiences Holly keeps a journal that her teacher told her to write in at the beginning of th
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Ubalstecha
Twelve year-old's Holly's life is horrific, to say the least. Her father died before she was born. Her mother was a drug addict who OD'd. Her current set of step parents routinely lock her in the basement and flush her head in the toilet. And she can deal with all of that, but when her stepfather refuses to stop touching her, she decides to runaway, this time for good. She travels across the country, stowing away in bus cargo holds and trains, sleeping in parks, libraries and shelters, hoping to ...more
Lisa
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, adoption
I picked up Wendelin Van Draanen's Runaway because it's a spin-off from her Sammy Keyes mystery series. (I may have mentioned the Sammy Keyes series once or twice on Goodreads--or 5,000 times. Runaway tells the backstory of a homeless girl named Holly that Sammy meets in Book #3, Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy. After Book #3, Holly becomes a regular character in the series.)

At first the writing in Runaway didn't appeal to me. The story is told in diary form, with Holly writing entries in a
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Sierra Webber
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The runaway by wendelin van draanen starts off with holly janquel a foster child. Her foster parents are abusive and treat her badly.She gets bullied at school and feels stupid.So her teacher feels she needs to pay extra attention to holly. And has her write in it to get her feelings out. At first holly hates the idea but soon she finds herself writing init.After being locked up in her room (the laundry room) because she was “bad” she decides it's time to leave. holly being adventurous runs away ...more
Jessica
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main reason why i chose this book is becuase it is in a journaling formal i feel reading book in this kind of format are really really intresting. this book was amazing and really gave me a differnt view on homeless people becuase i never had mercey for them i just felt that there were all drunks and drug addicts and this book really changed my thinking for the good. the main character is a bitter teenager but theres a reason for that she has been in and out of abusive homes shes practicly b ...more
Katalina
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading “Runaway By Wendelin Van Draanen” because it allowed me to view what life is like for someone who is struggling on a daily basis. Although this book is fiction some of the events in the story seem as if they could be realistic.The book is written in journal entry format and is very detailed there is no boundary limits which makes this a good book. There is always something new happening it's like the drama never ends in this book. Runaway is about a young adolescent name ...more
Elma Radoncic
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about how a young girl is being mistreated by her foster parents. She lives with a creepy old perverted freak, and a women who thinks that she is from a juvenile delinquency. She sleeps on a blanket on the floor, and she ha no pillow, no bed, and no freedom to do anything. Her foster parents treat like a stranger, not even strangers, because they don't even give her enough food to eat.And poor Holly is being accused of activities that she didn't do. Holly had enough, She is going ...more
Micaela
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly runs away after being mistreated by her foster family. She doesn’t have a specific destination, just southwest. Holly is always on the run, so she can never stop to settle down anywhere. Holly keeps track of her entire experience through her journal; in it she is writes to her old teacher Mrs. Leone. This book made me think about how good I have it. In this book Holly had to steal and lie to survive. She also had to go a couple days without food. Holly had a very difficult journey, survivi ...more
™yourbeautifulnightmaree™
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deffinentaly 10 or older
this is one of my ALL-TMIE favorite books.
this book is about a girl, and she is kinda of lost in the world, and has no say what-so-ever of where she is. She is in foster care, but her "care-takers" are not the best. They are mean, and brutl to her. She ends up running away from them , and meeting all sorts of people, and running into all sortds of trouble. This book taught me so much becuase, this young girl was living in a box, but she still had hope, and she didnt complain, sometmies she has t
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Yuseyz
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls, poetry lovers, sammy keyes fans
Recommended to Yuseyz by: My BFF and sammt keyes fan
Runaway by Wendelin van Draanen, is about one of the supporting characters in Sammy Keyes. Holly. She is introduced in the third book, Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy. I really enjoyed her character and wanted to read more about her so i read Runaway. I loved her poetry. What really interested me was that the author stowed away and 'researched' while writing her book. Talk about first-hand experience!
Mariana
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life, fiction
heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time
The story of how Holly escapes her foster home in pursue of herself and of her dreams, all her adventures filled with courage and raw feelings. She slowly learns how to trust again until she is able to meet a friend that will help her find the meaning of a true home and belonging
SparklingRuby20
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book. I read it a while ago. Right now I am reading The Running Dream-by Wendelin Van Draanen. I was surprised to find out that this book is by the same author.
Billie Snyper plunkett
Daughter and I both read this book! Great lesson on life and appreciation!
Sophia Regan
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good, I couldn't put it down! I would recommend it somebody who loves sad and depressing books, touching the topics. Of neglect and abuse
Kenia
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Irene Webb
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good and kept my interest the whole time. I loved how it was set up like a diary. It seemed really realistic and I loved how she was street smart. How she thought about things made me feel like I was really reading about a real girl in her situation. Her background story was so sad and perfect for the story. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because some relationships weren't built well at the end of the story. Also there's nothing in the story beside her relat ...more
Mrs. Danielle Davis
I loved this book! It's told through a girl's journal entries to her teacher who told her to journal. She constantly is pushing against the idea of journalling while you can she her developing through her writing.

It dealt with poor family relationships, loss of family members, foster system, abuse, running away, assault, drug use, sexual abuse, coping, and survival.
Mirabelle
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th-quarter
Very engaging story abvout a powerful 12 year girl, who has experienced psychological trauma. She is a stubborn, brave and fierce girl who will do anything it takes for survival. Overall, a interesting read about a girl who makes it all the way to the other side, physically and mentally.
Adam
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book, i love how fast paced it was and the character development it made me tear up at the end not of sadness but of overwhelming happiness to see someone go from something so horrible to something so amazing. beautiful.
Milana Waller
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was good but I feel like I didn't get enough of a glimpse of before her journey and after. There was a bit too much traveling where there should have bee more of the resolution/climax that was only like 20-25 pages
Daniel Chan
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th-quarter
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Leo Boone
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that it was a pretty interesting book, and how it tied to the sammy keyes story
Daniel/Todd
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

ally enjoyed this book. Was a great coming of age novel . definitely recommend to anyone. Fast read but very heartwarming
Sky
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this book. And I enjoy this authors story's.
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Wendelin Van Draanen has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens. She is the author of the 18-book Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes series, and wrote Flipped which was named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, and became a Warner Brothers feature film with Rob Reiner directing. Her novel The Running Dream was awarded ALA’s Schneider Family Award for its portrayal o ...more
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