Runaway

Runaway

by Wendelin Van Draanen
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Overview

Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen

This diary of a runaway girl and her search for a home celebrates hope, resilience, and happy endings.
 
Holly's run away before, but this time she actually gets away—and what felt like an escape at first soon becomes a daily struggle for survival. She is smart and resourceful, and she manages to make it across the country on her own. But how long can this go on? It's getting harder to avoid the truth—Holly is now homeless.
 
Runaway is a remarkably uplifting portrait of a girl still young and stubborn and naive enough to believe there's a better place for her in the world.




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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375849121
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/11/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 329,968
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
File size: 375 KB
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN was a teacher for many years before turning to writing full-time. She is the author of many beloved and award-winning books.

For middle graders she’s written Swear to Howdy, and the Sammy Keyes mystery series. For teens and tweens, there’s Flipped, The Running Dream, Confessions of a Serial Kisser and Runaway. And for younger readers, check out The Shredderman quartet and the Gecko and Sticky.

Wendelin Van Draanen lives in Central California with her husband and two sons. Find her on the web at WendelinVanDraanen.com or on Twitter: @WendelinVanD.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is 1 of the best books I have ever read! i am 14 and my mom got this 4 hanukkah! i luved reading about a girl my age who ran away. it really made me wanna read evry page! so far I have red it 4 times and 1 just got it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 6th grade student in Glendale, AZ.Holly is a 6\7th grader who lost her mother to a drug obsession a few years ago. She¿s gone through many foster parents before. Her current foster parents are Mr. and Mrs. Bender. Holly is a very independent, courageous and is very realistic about certain subjects.

Holly runs away from the Benders because of their lack of love. She gets to California by using her knowledge. She survives a whole summer or more on her own. After she has been on her own for a while, she meets a girl named Sammy. Sammy is about Holly¿s age. She takes Holly to two women named Meg and Vera. Holly stays with them and is very happy.

The setting of Runaway is in California during the summer and at the beginning of the school year {this is the year the she would be in seventh grade}.

This story shows you to be grateful for what you have and take nothing for granite because there are people less fortunate than you.

I loved this story. The author is very descriptive. This story is a comedy in some ways, but still a touching, heart warming story.

My connections to this book are that, I love to journal, have a loving family and although I have never runaway, I have felt some of the feelings that Holly describes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I want a home! I want a dog! I want someplace where I belong!" Holly who is a young girl living on the streets is doing what she has to in order to stay alive. This isn't her first time running away, she gets smarter each time. She's not just an ordinary kid running away for attention, she had a bad child hood after her mother's death therefore, got taken in by people who treat her horribly. She tries to run away from her past but she is being reminded of the past everywhere she goes. This book is told in first person point of view, through Holly's notebook where she writes her thoughts and poems. Ms. Leone, who was Holly's teacher, gave Holly this journal to write in everyday. Holly hates the idea but when she runs away she finds herself writing in it all the time. She finds herself opening up and talking about things she tried so long to forget about. The notebook makes time go a lot quicker when she is bored and even helps when she is scared sleeping on the streets, she writes in it to make her feel better. Holly is on a mission. It's to go as far away from her house as possible. One of her adventures is to get to California, all she can think about is being a sea gypsy. She hops in the luggage compartment of a train so anxious to get there, that's if she don't suffocate first. She gets to California and hates it. Cement everywhere, that's not what she was looking forward to. She heads to the beach and goes through a big adventure getting there. Holy meats a girl named Sammie who introduces her to two other women, who is a mother and a daughter. After everything she has been through Holly thinks this can be it. She may just actually belong somewhere. I really like how the author Wendelin Van Draanen makes it feel like I am in Holly's shoes going thought these adventures and close deaths. The author did a great job of not giving to much information and there were no parts where I was bored. She made it as whatever events holly wants us to know about she will tell us. Its just so amazing hearing what Holly goes through how this young girl is dealing with these situations. She's not an average twelve year old, she is a very strong, smart girl. Reading what Holly writes in her journal makes her sound a lot older but the author adds stuff to the book reminding us this is a very young girl. If you're looking for a book to keep you on your feet, not want to put the book down this is it. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. It's so amazing to just imagine this girl going through the most outrageous situations and surviving through it all. It just reminds us not to give up.
brookeworm88 More than 1 year ago
Runaway was a pleasure to read. It was so in-depth about a girl and her stuggle to just survive each day. The book itself is an easy read but the story is captivating. I was so worried for the character, wondering if she would make it through the nights and wanting to be there to help her. Great story. I would recommend it to young girls everywhere especially those who think they have it tough while reading this review ONLINE lol. Makes you think twice about the little things we all take for granted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good and makes u think. Alot! But in a good way. Its a litle funny alittle sad and a little bit of everything. I would reccogmend it to anyone. U love it and u should love it too. And if u dont love it, i wil eat all of ur pie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i've ever read. I really dont like reading but this book i really loved reading it and i read every single page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just reading what it was about made me interested. The reason why is because my mom picked cocain over my sisters and me. And well my dad did other things. My older sister, me and my younger sister where all put on adoption and well at that point we belonged to the state.... so in other words It was some thing that i coukd relate to...
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! This book is truly amazing! I am speechless!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing u get so hooked with the things holly goes through, also says like things that actucally happen i love this book a lot
Guest More than 1 year ago
i would recomend the book Runaway by Wendlin Van Draanen to anyone who loves sad stories with happy endings.This book is about a twelve year old girl named Holly who runs away one day from her foster home. She runs away because her foster parents are mistreating her and abusing her. this is the story of her journey of being a homeless person, or a 'sea gypsy' as she likes to call her self. as she travels from city to city she has to survive the cold and learn the hardships of living on the streets. she meets many people who are nice and try to help her and many people who do the opposite. you get to see into Holly's heart and through her eyes as she goes on this journey with only her heart and a journal. all of her thoughts are recorded so you always know what she is thinking and how she sees the situation. her story is so sad and so heartwarming it will appeal to anyone, children and adults alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much, i just can never describe it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book i could not put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a book full of sadness, truth, and tons of other things. Holly is a 12 yr old girl who ran away from her horrible foster parents. The story is done like a journal and its really sweet, sad, and many things inbetween. You are going to love this book. And in snother of Wendelin Van Draanen's books, she talks a little about Holly's story. The book is Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, so is there slight romance in this book?
NFSHumanitiesKid More than 1 year ago
Runaway Kimberly Muth In Wendelin Van Draanen's book Runaway Holly a 12 year old girl runs away from her old life. A child of cruel foster parents, the idea of running away to the city of Angels will be great. On her own the struggle for survival begins in this heart wrenching, bittersweet book. Everybody wants a home with comfort and people who love you, but not everyone has that. Holly is not just running away from her old life she is running away from her mother. I think running away for Holly is trying to forget her mother. Accepting the fact that "my mother loved heroin more than she loved me" is hard. This book is great for all kinds of readers; it keeps readers interested. I think running away can happen but Holly keeps getting lucky like she did not get found when she stowed away on a bus and I think that could not happen. The way Wendelin Van Draanen writes I can image the story and plot. Runaway makes readers think that family is important, maybe as important as anything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the greatest ones that i've read! (and ive read quite alot of books for a 14 year old ) if i could've i wouldnt have put it down even for a second! ( but theres school and stuff )I guess i really liked it so much also because im going/ have gone through alot in my life and I, like holly, write stuff in my journal and love it. but if ANYONE has the chance to read it, you should!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new fav book
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Love it! Wow hands down amazing book! I read it like 4 times and I would recommend it to anyone! You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it, read sammy keyes first though up to the third thn read! Enjoy!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how holly is also in the sammy keyes. The first sk book i read it was also the one were sammy found holly. By the time i read this i already new holly from the sk series
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This is the best book ever, you should for sure no doubt read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!