Vincent Desjardins's Reviews > Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne
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Sep 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-and-young-adult, fantasy-children

This book may be too twee for some tastes, but overall I found it to be a sweet read. For those who know their children's classics, the identity of the old man in the toy shop will come as no surprise, I guessed it very early on. The story deals with emotional issues that everyone will face at some time in their life and Boyne tells the tell like a fable. Whether it's a fable for adults or children is open to debate. There is certainly nothing objectionable in the book for a young reader, but I suspect some of the emotional issues will resonate more with an adult. There are some clever twists and great characters sprinkled throughout the story but I suspect that most older readers will guess the ending long before the book is over.

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Reading Progress

September 8, 2011 – Started Reading
September 8, 2011 – Shelved
September 11, 2011 –
page 136
September 16, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 19, 2011 –
page 224
September 19, 2011 – Shelved as: children-s-and-young-adult
October 9, 2012 – Shelved as: fantasy-children

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