Running on the Cracks
By Julia Donaldson
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805090543, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
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Leo’s running from her past. Finlay’s running into trouble. Together, they stumble into a crazy new world of secrets, lies, and Chinese food.But someone is on Leo’s trail . . . Eccentric, unforgettable characters and genuine, heart-pounding suspense make for a stunning combination as celebrated author Julia Donaldson expands her talents in her first novel for young adults.
JULIA DONALDSON is the author of many celebrated books for young readers, including The Giants and the Joneses, The Snail and the Whale, and The Gruffalo, which has sold more than a million copies. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Malcolm, and their family.
“Leo’s plight is universal and sure to attract the attention and empathy of many American teens.”—Booklist
“This fast-paced, richly characterized Scottish import, imbued with the important message that friends are the family you choose, will be a boon to libraries looking to add more world literature to their teen collections.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This engaging, bittersweet story follows biracial British teenager Leonora ('Leo') Watts-Chan… The fast pace and short chapters should appeal to readers, who will celebrate the hopeful ending.”—Publishers Weekly