Julia and Nathan have no friends to speak of. They're misfits of Mrs Henrey's class - awlays the last to be picekd for the team, and always without a partner. Then they discover a stash of money in a deserted house and suddenly, instant popularity seems just around the corner. But so is trouble, in the shape of the adults who start asking difficult questions. There is only one thing the pair can do now, and that is to run away!
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Winner of the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Award in 1988, this book is the compelling and unique story of two children, Julian and Nathan, from inner city London. Outsiders at school and unhappy at home, the two are strangely drawn together. They stumble across some money with which they try to buy friendship in their class, but with teachers and parents closing in the two are forced to run away. The story centres on the brilliant and unusual friendship that develops between these two children, thrown together by force of circumstance.
A hard-hitting, well-crafted story of great emotional range that has an important message about personal growth and friendship, this novel is suitable for strong readers between the ages of 10 and 12.Review:
"If anyone is more on the wavelength of 9 - 11 year olds . . . I would like to know" ( Observer)
"A fast-moving and totally absorbing adventure story" ( Books for Keeps)
"The drawing together of two children has hardly been done better since The Secret Garden" ( Growing Point)
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Book Description Red Fox, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099596601