Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Noah Barleywater left home in the early morning, before the sun rose, before the dogs woke, before the dew stopped falling on the fields.

Noah is running away from his problems on the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest – or at least, that’s what he thinks. But when he stumbles across the most marvellous toyshop and meets its eccentric toymaker, his life takes an unexpected turn. For the toymaker has a great story to tell – one of adventure, wonder, magic and broken promises. As he spins his yarn, Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life forever…

From the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes this magical story about life, destiny and the choices we make.

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  • loved it

    A very sad book, but highly interesting. A pleasure to read

    5 March 2014

  • loved it

    This book is short and sweet but also sad. The main character is a boy called Noah barleywater who is a 8 year old boy who, one day, decides to run away from his dad and his very sick mother. On his travels he meets an old man who is very kind and caring. Noah takes a liking to the man and they become very good friends. The old man tells Noah of his life and his achievements which changes Noah’s decision of leaving home….

    This book is probably for 9-100 year olds, so anyone could read it! John Boyne has done an amazing jog writing this and I would defiantly recommend reading ‘the terrible thing that happened to Barnaby brocket’ and for older readers, ‘the boy in the striped pyjamas’. Both are amazing books!

    Enjoy x x

    19 May 2013

  • okay

    prefer other books by the author such as the boy in the stripped pyjamas but its still a good book

    9 March 2013

  • I Give It a 1 Star… I Was I The Middle Of ERading It And I Fell Asleep, As It Was Soo Boring…

    But Surprisingly It Is In Many Languages.. So People MUST Like It…

    1 January 2012

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  • Awards

    John Boyne has won several awards for Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, including two Irish Book Awards and the Bisto Children’s Book Award.

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