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'Noah Barleywater Runs Away' by John Boyne

 

Written by the author of ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,’ this imaginative book follows a young boy who decides to run away from his problems. One morning, Noah decides to run away from home to escape the impending grief of losing a terminally ill family member. He runs deep into a forest where he finds a toyshop full of toys, magic and an enigmatic toymaker. The toymaker shares the story of his life including his decision to run away from his father and the consequences that he faced. The wisdom learned from the toymaker helps Noah to face up to his own decisions and decide what to do next. This story covers themes of grief and loss, loyalty and love.