William S. and the Great Escape

By Zilpha Keatley Snyder
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416967637, 224pp.)

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2009 Kids' List
“William, age 12, decides he must escape his abusive family and plans his escape. Accompanied by his three younger siblings, William's runaway journey soon faces an unexpected twist. This search for a stable home and life is a heartwarming story.”
-- Carol Hicks, Bookshelf At Hooligan Rocks, Truckee, CA


Description

William S. Baggett is a good kid trapped in a really awful family. William has his running-away money ready to go, he's just been waiting until he's older than twelve to leave. When his big brothers flush his sister's pet guinea pig down the toilet, she insists they leave now. And take the two littlest Baggetts with them. So they head out in the middle of the night, ready to escape to their aunt Fiona's house.

Unfortunately the trip doesn't go exactly as planned. It's not so easy traveling with two little kids, and some help from a lonely rich girl makes it even more complicated. Will they ever make it to Aunt Fiona's? And if they do, will she let them stay?

This is the story of four children who learn that sometimes you have to run away before you can find your way home.




About the Author

Zilpha Keatley Snyder is the author of The Egypt Game, The Headless Cupid, and The Witches of Worm, all Newbery Honor Books. She was recently honored with an Edgar nomination for her book The Unseen, which was a School Library Journal Best Book and a Parents' Choice Silver Honor winner. Her most recent books include The Treasures of Weatherby, The Bronze Pen, and William S. and the Great Escape. She lives in Mill Valley, California. Visit her online at zksnyder.com.

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