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Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen

January 13th, 2007 (03:42 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: A Reason to Believe by Wilson Phillips

Life has made Holly tough. She grew up quickly, too quickly. Her mother was a heroin addict; her father, who knows. She was a witness to her own mother's death due to a drug overdose. After that, she bounced around from foster home to foster home, living in five houses in less than two years.

At the age of twelve, Holly finally succeeds in running away from her abusive foster family. She thinks living on the street will be nothing compared to the abuse she suffered at the hands of the various adults who were supposed to take care of her throughout her life. She decides to go to California all by herself. She doesn't need anyone or anything - or so she thinks.

As with story Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dumphrey by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Runaway by Wendelin Van Draanen begins as a class assignment and is written in first-person journal entries. Even though Holly despises her teacher - remember, she thinks adults aren't trustworthy - she keeps writing in her journal throughout her travels. She sleeps outside on park benches, stows away on trains, and steals food to fill her empty stomach.

The author did a great deal of research for this book, and it shows. Runaway is a real eye-opener of a book. It deserves a lot of attention, and will inspire a great deal of discussion in the classroom and in the home.

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Posted by: eirefaerie is the new black (eirefaerie)
Posted at: January 14th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)

I didn't read the title at first, and I spent about 15 seconds wondering why Hollywood's mom was a heroin-addicted cat.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 14th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)

My cat's biological mom = Olive, a tortoiseshell cat belonging to my aunt. Olive had a litter of four: Sweet Pea, also a tortie, who stayed with my aunt; Jasmine, who went to one of their friends; a boy kitty, who went to another of their friends; and a beautiful, shiny black cat who came to us and earned the name Hollywood. :)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 29th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
justine is my name

i am from the last comment and i love books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 29th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: justine is my name

Nice to meet you, Justine! Again, just to clarify, I'm Little Willow - this blog is all about books I like, I review, etcetera.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 29th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
bpost a comment

hi i don't really read your books but i have always liked books. you are a great author and i will read some of your books soon!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 29th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: bpost a comment

Hi there! You responded to a book review I wrote, so I wanted to make sure you knew I wasn't Wendelin van Draanen. I'm Little Willow, bookseller and book reviewer.

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