The Runaways (novel)

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The Runaways is a children's novel by the English author Ruth Thomas, published by Hutchinson in 1987. It features eleven-year-old Julia and Nathan who find "an enormous sum of money", do not report it, and flee the city when they are threatened with punishment.[1] Opening in the East End of London where Thomas was a primary school teacher, the story moves to places including Brighton and Exmoor.

Thomas and The Runaways won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.[2]

It drew critical acclaim, with The Guardian declaring it "A first rate novel".

Lippincott published the first U.S. edition in 1989.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The runaways" (first U.S. edition). Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  2. ^ "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". 12 March 2001. Retrieved 2012-08-04.

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