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On the Run

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  72 reviews
When a twelve-year-old boy's parents discover millions of dollars deposited into their bank account, they take him and his sister on the lam in this fast-paced middle-grade adventure.

Ben has always wanted to be a cop, so he's intrigued when police officers show up at the door, asking for his parents. Then his parents arrive after the police leave and rush him and his siste
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm torn - this is between 1.5 and 2 Stars

So this was chosen as a fifth period class read aloud. There weren't really moments where I felt this book was good, but I will say that what started off with a feeling of promise, began to drag as the book went on.

This is a story about Ben and his sister Olive, and the crazy upheaval that they encounter when their parents go awry.

I think one of my students said it best when she wrote in her review: this book wanted to tackle a heavy issue but it didn't
Quinn Breen
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
10/25 Q's

Meh. Eh. MMMMMMMeh. Eh. Meh.

I wasn't really FEELING it, you know?

It just seemed simplistic.

"If I'm me, then who's I"-This sentence and the number of times it repeated made my ears want to bleed.

Even though it was pretty bad, It is one less realistic fiction book I have to read.

There was a lot of parts where I was just thinking, "WHY DOES THIS EXIST!"

I probably rated it lowly because it was our class read so we read just a little each day, prolonging my misery.

It was just such a strange
Corey Butler
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this booked, I thought it was very fun to read and had a lot of action and it is something that could've happened in real life making it feel more real which is something that I like about the realistic fiction genre. I thought it was a little weird that such young kids were involved in such a big case, like stealing 7.2 million dollars. I would suggest reading this book if you like action books and if your a big fan of realistic fiction. So far this is the best book I have read t ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars

I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK!! Well, let me start of saying that this was a read-aloud for my class. I do not like people reading to me. I literally zone out, and then I mentally yell at myself for zoning out. So yeah, I definitely think that influenced my opinion on this book. But from page one I had detested this book. I felt like it was very childish, but I understand that my teacher had limited choices, seeing as all my peers are at different levels and she needed to pick a book that ca
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was fun and adventurous, but an easy read. I feel like a read aloud should be challenging or informational. Yes, non fiction and historical fiction aren't my favorite genres. But, still. This book overall was for sure not my favorite book I have read. But the story behind it was decent.
Tyler H.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good book I think ill buy it and read it again.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I did not really enjoy this book. At the end it felt like it had to be dragged. There like four moments where the book could have ended but the author decided to just keep going and it made for a bad ending. Also it was a very boring book. I did not even enjoy the action parts. So I did not enjoy this book very much.
Preston M.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
It was better than I thought it would be. Some of it was boring, some of it wasn't. I wasn't really loving this book. It was ok.
Denise Spicer
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Twelve-year-old Ben and his little sister, Olive, get caught up in a scary adventure when their dysfunctional parents take them along as they run from the cops. They hide out in an old cabin in the woods. Ben has never been interested in anything but movies and video games and making his own projects. When his parents leave Ben and Olive alone in the cabin, luckily he finds a battered copy of the book My Side Of The Mountain and it helps him learn about some basic survival skills. There’s lots o ...more
Angus Killick
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful and exciting, two kids are dragged by their parents to seek refuge in a cabin in a remote and wild area. The son, Ben, discovers his father has brought with them a large stash of money and when the police catch up with the parents, Ben and his sister choose to run and hide. A fast-paced read with heart-stopping action this is a really enjoyable novel with a satisfying conclusion. I loved the references to My Side of the Mountain and, having read this aloud to my 9 year old son, I wil ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Huge thank you to Raincoast Books for this ARC!

Considering I decided to read this during the month of October, I was hoping for a much more spooky middle grade experience. On the Run in a lot of ways was not what I was expecting, as no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't suspense my disbelief enough.

Or rather, at all.

Part of the issue for me is that Ben reads so much younger than he is, yet will do things that you question how old he really is. The writing fell super flat for me, so in sus
Madison M.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The book had a good story line basically a family on the run, parents did some bad things you know classic terrible parents. Really though this family is weird. I can't really say that much besides the fact that these parents do some questionable things. All I could think about while reading this book was "Wow that is some great parenting right there." With many of my classmates thinking the same thing. I liked it but it wasn't my favorite
Tyler S.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think that the book was decent, but it seemed to slow to start off with. I would've much recommended something that was harder for a class read. I would've done this as a normal free read book. Overall the book seemed pretty interesting with a lot of action and description of whats going on. Its nice when you can put the story in your mind. I would recommend this as a free read, but nothing else.
Barbara Nava-Perez
Are you a boy/girl with such a vivid imagination? Well this boy called Ben silver has such a vivid imagination that likes to create stop-motion movies and would like to be a detective when he grows up. He's life is boring and uninteresting.

One day the cops show up at Ben's house door and all of a sudden his parents decide to go on vacation, but Ben isn't dumb and starts thinking why they are going on vacation now if they never go out for a family vacation and it's quite obvious that they are i
Yajaira Herrera
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have wonder you ever wonder if your parent has done a crime in their life?They might or might not be lying to you. This boy called Ben Silver has to pick either to be a running fugitive like his parent or run away from them. This book is called On The Run the genre is fiction and drama. *** Spoiler Alert*** They are forced to split up.

One day the parent of Ben had decided to go to a surprise vacation. But their parent were in a rush as soon Bill and his sister had get in the car. Ben had many
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Netgalley

Ben enjoys making stop-action movies and is in the middle of one when the police show up at his door, asking for his parents. They are still at work, and Ben is watching his younger sister Olivia. When his parents do get home, they claim that they are going on an impromptu family vacation, whisk the children into the car and take off for a family cabin with a borrowed car and too few supplies. Ben knows that something is wrong, but plays along, since his parents are fighting
Kathy Martin
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Twelve-year-old Ben tells the story of the time his parents packed him and his sister into an old car and took off for an isolated cabin in the woods. They say that the family is going on vacation but this doesn't seem like it is much fun. Their dad and mom argue at night when the kids are trying to sleep in the derelict cabin.

Ben is a kid who spends most of his time playing video games and making stop-motion movies. He tells stories about zombies and his police detective alter ego Ben Silver.
Teresa Bateman
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ben is a slightly chubby boy who likes creating stop-motion movies, is afraid of just about everything, and has a vivid imagination. His life is dull but predictable. Then the cops show up at the door and suddenly his parents are piling him and his sister into the car to go on a "vacation." Ben's not an idiot. It's soon quite clear they're on the run, but why? His father is a bully and his mother is weak. Ben feels protective of his little sister, but what can a kid do? This Australian import ex ...more
Judy Diedrichs
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great adventure read for middle school boys. I read it in practically one sitting. Good story.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the best book I have ever read. I didn't want to put it down. It was about a boy named Ben and he had to live life ON THE RUN !!!!!
Stacy Books
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was read and reviewed by my co-worker, Nicole

Ben Silver is a 12 year old boy who dreams about being a cop. When the police show up on his doorstep searching for his parents- Ben doesn’t know what to think. Later, when his parents return from work and whisk the children away for a family “vacation” Ben is skeptical- this skepticism grows as their vacation takes one strange turn after another. As the story unfolds we learn the bank accidentally deposited a LOT of money into his parents b
Gina Schaarschmidt
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yikes. This one was harrowing! Ben and his sister are whisked away by their parents one day, to supposedly go on an impromptu "vacation." Things are cagey from the get-go, however. The police had come looking for Ben's parents right before the surprise trip, the family stops at an uncle's house to swap cars, and they cut their hair in an motel room on the way. On the way to... a creepy cabin in the middle of nowhere. Oddly, though, they seem to have plenty of money to buy food and new clothing f ...more
Danielle is rad
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot! I feel as though it wasn't a hard book to read (or hear if you will), but it was nice. I would read this kind of book when I needed to pass time, but I did like it. I feel as though Ben had to face many challenges for a kid his age, and I loved that (I know, I know). I loved Olive's role in this story even if it was small, she played the innocence role, and trusting her parents even when there's much to doubt. If this wasn't a read aloud, I would still read it, I did lik ...more
Libby Jacobs
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
This was an exciting story, but it was really dark, with almost no redemption. I'm not sure if I would want my middle grade child reading it. The tone felt like Breaking Bad. This kind of story may be more appropriate for a teenage audience.

(Spoilers ahead!) Ben's parents are criminals and they take him and his little sister on the run with them. His father is abusive and his mother just goes along with it. Everything goes bad and the kids end up in the forest alone and in survival mode. The wh
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
*insert long disappointed sigh*
Okay so this is one of those REALLY weird reading experiences, let me explain why. It's bad but also it's good? I have never disliked a book this much but I was so invested in the plot and Ben's character. If it weren't for Ben's character development and a few well written scenes, I would've given this one star for the effort. But honestly, I'd read this again. It is worth reading, despite how bad it is.
I'm sorry, this review was all over the place, this has been
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read in my 6th grade year. The author did an amazing job writing this book and kept the reader hanging. There was never a point in this book that I got bored with. This was a very fast moving book and the plot started at the beginning of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction and or mystery. Even if you don't like these genres, I would still give this book a try for it is one of my favorite books.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book takes place in Australia, so there are a few new terms but once you get past that, it could easily have taken place in the U.S. This book had the adventure/survival elements that I enjoy in a fiction book. I felt the anger at the parents that Ben and Olive express as well. I really sympathized with them. The end seemed to tie up too nicely and ended a bit too abruptly for me. Over all, a good read.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Before we even started the book, I thought that the story line was promising. It was a deep topic, but I thought that it was going to addressed appropriately. Basically, Ben's parents took him and his sister on a "vacation". Soon, Ben realizes that his parents ran away from the cops for something that they did. Ben decides to investigate and discovers the truth about what his parents did. As much as I thought it was going to good, the further we got into it, the book just got way worse. I wouldn ...more
Zenzi Adams
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a good book, not really the type of writing style that I like to read, but good. It had lots of suspense and good cliffhangers that I enjoy in books. At times it had me yelling in my head at Ben Silver and trying to tell him what to do.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
it was a good book - it was easy to read and the plot was interesting. I would recommend this book for people who like to read books about survival and adventure.
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Tristan Bancks is a children’s and teen author with a background in acting and filmmaking. His books include the My Life series, Mac Slater (Australia and US) and Two Wolves, a crime-mystery novel for middle-graders. Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. It also won the YABBA and KOALA Children’s Choice Awards. It is released in the US ...more
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