Ulf Stark might be my favourite writer in the world and this book is as good as his best. Ulf writes absolutely from the child within.
Grandson and grandpa run away together for a one-night adventure.
Translated by Julia Marshall
Read the first chapter here.
“I hate the food here,” Grandpa said. “ They’ve taken all the joy out of it.
Not even the water tastes any good.”
“Perhaps you should run away,” I suggested.
“I did a lot of that when I was young,” he said. “I think it’s a bit late now…”
But by the time I had to leave for the bus, we’d made a plan.
Grandpa’s in the hospital and hating it. He swears at the nurses and
makes trouble for everyone. Dad finds it too stressful to visit, but Gottfried Junior visits Grandpa as often as he’s allowed, and when he’s not allowed, he goes anyway.
Grandpa thinks only of the place he was happiest—the island where he lived with Grandma. He wants to go back one last time, but they won’t let him out of the hospital.
Gottfried Junior and Grandpa take things into their own hands. If running away is the only way to the island, then they’ll be runaways.
Country of Origin Sweden Reader Age 6-8 year, 8-12 year Book Size N/A 20.4 × 14.4 cm ISBN The Runaways 9781776572342
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