Running on the Cracks (Hardcover)

By Julia Donaldson

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805090543, 224pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2009



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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For Running on the Cracks

“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