Noah Barleywater Runs Away

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Author – John Boyne

Age – 8+

Noah Barleywater leaves his home early in the morning before his parents wake up. The novel is set over the period of one day but also over another character’s lifetime.

Noah finds a strange village, and in that village, a toy shop. The toys are all made from wood and he soon meets the owner. This toy shop is like nothing he’s ever seen. The puppets seem alive!

Over the day the toy maker talks Noah into telling him why he ran away, and Noah also listens to the toymaker’s story.

I loved this tale. It was magical, and happy and sad all at the same time. Awesome surprise at the end.

Another brilliant story by the wonderful John Boyne!

(Illness, Magic, Adventure, Animals, Courage, Puppet, Family, Loss)

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