Recommended age: 9+

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

by John Boyne

The book is about an eight-year-old boy called Noah who gets up very early one morning and runs away from home. He enters a forest and meets some very odd people who do quite strange things. Noah eventually meets a magical toymaker and starts to reveal what is troubling him. The book is a funny, magical modern fairy tale, and while there is a little bit of sadness, it is a story of hope.