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Noah Barleywater Runs Away

By: John Boyne
illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

Noah Barleywater is just eight years old when he decides that it’s easier to runaway than to face his problems. One early morning he takes off through the forest where he comes upon a magical tree, talking animals, and a very odd shaped toyshop filled with wooden puppets.  Stranger still is the toymaker who tells Noah stories of his youth – stories that could change Noah’s life forever.  What happens in the middle of the forest?  Does Noah go home?


Prepared by Pat Scales, Retired, Greenville, South Carolina