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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.759561
"It's a cold, hard, cruel fact that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me."

Holly is in her fifth foster home in two years and she's had enough. She's run away before and always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser now--she's twelve--and this time she gets away clean.

Through tough and tender and angry and funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story. We travel with her across the country--hopping trains, scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments. And we also travel with her across the gaping holes in her heart--as she finally comes to terms with her mother's addiction and death.

Runaway is a remarkably uplifting portrait of a girl still young and stubborn and naive enough to hold out hope for finding a better place in the world, and within herself, to be.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on September 12, 2006 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375835229
ISBN-13: 9780375835223
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  • lydia_swim
    lydia_swimMonday, September 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm
    I want to read it a lot but I want to read a lot of books I'll just have to make sure to get to this one!
    • mcowell
      mcowellFriday, May 15, 2015 at 7:44 am
      I read this book last year, but its so good that I want to read it again.
      • gum98
        gum98Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 11:26 am
        This book is very good so far. It is very interesting to read the diary entries and i think these book has many great quotes that would be good for any english project.