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On the Run [Paperback]

Nina Bawden
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22 Oct 2008

Ben, eleven years old and the youngest of the Mallory children, has left his aunt and siblings to come to London where his widower father wishes to introduce him to his young future step-mother.

Unable to return home when his brother and sister become ill, Ben is left on his own to explore the maze of walled gardens which surround his new home. Soon he meets Thomas, the son of an exiled East African Prime Minister, and Lil, a fatherless cockney waif.

All three children, troubled and contending with the dislocation of their new lives, become entwined in each others' journeys of self-discovery and adventure.

In Nina Bawden's much-praised second novel for young readers, the lessons and pains of childhood are evinced with characteristic deftness, combining sympathy, affection and timeless wit.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (22 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571246478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571246472
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,218,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nina Bawden is one of the most admired and engaging writers of fiction for children and has written more than fifty books. Born in 1925, she was educated at Oxford and completed her first novel the year after gaining her degree. She is the author of such classics as Carrie's War and The Peppermint Pig, and has won the Guardian Fiction Award and the Phoenix Award as well as being commended for the Carnegie Medal. Described by the Daily Telegraph as 'without question one of the very best writers for children', she divides her time between London and Nauplion in Greece.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 8 May 2013
By Clare
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would definately recommend this book. Nina Bawden writes excellent older children's books. I read this when i was smaller and loved it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars a traditional adventure story 17 Mar 2004
Format:Hardcover
This story was readable, but possibly a little uninspiring. A lot does happen, and the amount of action may lend this book to be suitable for male readers. However I found it a little unbelievable, and predictable.
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