RUNAWAY by Wendelin Van Draanen

RUNAWAY

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Holly is a remarkably articulate 12-year-old runaway, orphaned by her mother’s overdose and hardened by a series of unsuccessful placements in foster homes. Despite occasional lapses into uncharacteristically sophisticated language and decidedly philosophical musings, her first-person story, presented in journal form, will grab readers from the first entry. Her gradual emotional growth is mirrored by her journey across the country and expressed in both poetry and prose. Van Draanen effectively conveys the naïve optimism of youth, often found even in those whose lives offer no evidence that such optimism is warranted, as well as both the good intentions and character flaws of the adults who have been a part of Holly’s life thus far. She doesn’t flinch from presenting the harsh realities of homelessness, neither sugarcoating nor sensationalizing the subject. Although violence and drug addiction have been a big part of Holly’s experience, they do not overpower her story. Readers will be relieved when Holly finally finds a way to ask for help—and receives it. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2006
ISBN: 0-375-83522-9
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2006




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