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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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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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
Viviana Perez
For everyone who hasn't read the book,“Runaway”, you’re really missing out. This book of sadness and misery is written by “Wendelin Van Draanen”. Holly Janquell (the main character) goes through so much throughout this book, between living in the Benders terrible foster home, and running away having to scavenge for food everyday and night. This book is written from the perspective of what Holly writes inside her journal. She (Holly) writes in her journal very frequently, pretending there is som ...more
Jackie
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly has been in 6 foster homes in 2 years. All the other times she has ran away, she's gotten caught. But not this time. She keeps a diary of the days she runs away. she goes from jumping on trains to sleeping in the park. She's happy to escape but struggles to survive every day being low on money and food. She can't go back to her foster home, but living like this, she'll die soon. Runaway is a great book about finding where you belong in the world. I liked this book because it made me realiz ...more
Kaitlyn Roberts
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Runaway was a very inspiring book to me because it showed me that anything is possible and if you try you have a chance of making something happen. This book was also very moving with her diary entries and I loved that about this book. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Lisa
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adoption, young-adult
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
Beth
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed everything I've read by Wendelin Van Draanen. She writes for teens and all of it's squeaky clean. This one's no exception. That's quite a feat considering the themes of this book: a homeless ("gypsy," she calls herself) twelve-year-old whose mother was a drug addict and who has been passed around foster homes because of her bad attitude and abusive situations. A far cry from Flipped, that's for sure!

This book was told in diary format (love that), which provided for an interesting th
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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
Big Joe Rossi
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking, Astounding, Compelling!!!!

This book was torture, the story of a 12 yr old girl, her dad died in an accident, her mom OD's later on drugs, then in the foster care system has not 1 but 2 run ins with hideous people. So she runs away and decides on a journey to the west coast. This is her journal, one she started while still in school before she left.
I have nieces and nephews not much younger than Holly, the girl in this story and all I kept picturing was them living like this. Alone
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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
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: fiction, life
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
Brianna L21
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the attention-drawing fictional novel, Runaway, by Wendelin Van Draanen, readers develop a compelling, close experience with the twelve-year old runaway foster child, Holly. Holly is an orphan, her mother died as a drug addict and she now lives her life in many rough foster homes. She decides to runaway from the Bender family foster home where she's constantly locked in a laundry room and abused. During her getaway, she travels to California by train (crammed in a luggage compartment). Her jo ...more
Kenia
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Katie
I needed something quick this weekend and this fit the bill. I had it sitting on the shelf, waiting. The first book from this author that I read was The Running Dream, which I LOVED; I have only read one of her Sammy Keyes books, and it was fine - definitely for a younger audience and not on top of my favorites list. This book ties into a Sammy Keyes book (#3, the Sisters of Mercy).
I liked the premise of this book, although with a 12 year old daughter of my own I found it almost hard to believe
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Siri Feeney
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kris
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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.
You follow Holly's journey as she writes in her journal...an assignment given by an english teacher. The entries are tender, angry and even funny as Holly travels across the country, hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments. We also travel across the gaping hole in
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Lydia Lords
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4250-ya-reading
This book was one of the ones that I wasn't looking for but glad I found. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The struggles of this girl as she faces homeless is one that I can only imagine. And one that I got to experience with her. Her abuse, regret, and love for her mother were displayed in a very excellent and heart-pulling way. It pulled on my heart strings in pretty much every direction. Holly's struggle to face reality of her homelessness was hard. She just couldn't ad ...more
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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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