Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne is the story of an eight year old boy who has decided to run away from home. On his journey, he meets some interesting people, including the owner of an extraordinary toy shop. He becomes friends with this man, who tells Noah the story of his life. Noah has learned from this old man's experiences and ultimately returns home. A surprising twist at the end makes this story even more enjoyable.
Boyne has channeled Roald Dahl through his writing. This story is both light-hearted and dark. The lessons learned by Noah Barleywater are lessons many children can take with them as well.