Noah Barleywater Runs Away (Paperback)
June 2011 Indie Next List
“Noah, age eight, runs away from a difficult reality at home to a fatasyland where trees scold him and animals talk. He finds a toy shop in which all the toys are made of wood, including row upon row of puppets. The old and engaging shop owner tells his own story, and through gentle, savvy, and wise dialogue leads Noah to return home. This allegory confronts the issues of fantasy and reality, immortality and mortality, and what it means to be human, all in a very fine read.”
— Joyce Miller, Baker Books, North Dartmouth, MA
Eight-year-old Noah's problems seem easier to deal with if he doesn't think about them. So he runs away, taking an untrodden path through the forest.
Before long, he comes across a shop. But this is no ordinary shop: it's a toyshop, full of the most amazing toys, and brimming with the most wonderful magic. And here Noah meets a very unusual toymaker. The toymaker has a story to tell, and it's a story of adventure and wonder and broken promises. He takes Noah on a journey. A journey that will change his life.
About the Author
John Boyne is the author of "Crippen, The Thief of Time, Next of Kin", and the "New York Times" and internationally bestselling "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". Boyne won two Irish Book Awards (the People's Choice and the Children's) for "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas", which has recently been made into a Miramax feature film, and his novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. Ireland's "Sunday Business Post" named him one of the forty people under forty in Ireland "likely to be the movers and shakers who will define the country's culture, politics, style and economics in 2005 and beyond." Crippen was nominated for the "Sunday Independent" Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award. He lives with his partner in Dublin.
Oliver Jeffers is a highly acclaimed talent in picture books. He graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours and has since exhibited his paintings around the world. His outstanding talent has already been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Irish Children's Book of the Year.