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On the Run

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A young boy discovers the real whereabouts of his absent father--jail!

Anthony hasn't seen his dad in years. The reason: His father is busy traveling the world as a wildlife photographer—at least, according to Anthony's mom and sister. The real reason: His dad has been a fugitive from the law and is now in jail, awaiting trial.

When Anthony finally learns the truth, his life changes overnight. He insists on visiting his dad in prison. And once the trial begins, it's the lead story on the local news. Everyone at school starts to taunt Anthony about having a criminal for a father, even his best friend. Then one day, in a shocking turn of events, his dad escapes from the courtroom. Anthony wants to be with him—and when he gets the change, he grabs it. Now father and son are on the run. But how far will they get?

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 08, 2012 – Originally published in France in 2009, screenwriter Borreau’s lean novel strikes an uneasy balance between the real and the improbable. Fourth-grader Anthony has been told that his father, Rafael, is a wildlife photographer who has been traveling for work for years. Though Anthony suspects that something is amiss—his father’s postcards always bear the same postmark—he is shattered when he learns that Rafael is in jail for bank robbery. Anthony’s mother’s flat recounting of her husband’s backstory diminishes its drama, but the boy’s prison visit with his father is undeniably moving. After Rafael’s unlikely escape during his trial, he visits Anthony in disguise and agrees to bring his son with him on the lam. Plausibility stretches further as the two take refuge in the seaside home of Rafael’s friend, who has also spent time in jail and who (inexplicably) introduces Anthony to a girl whose father, a policeman, is trying to hunt down Rafael. Despite an anti-climactic conclusion, Anthony’s fervent search for the truth, his longing for a normal family life, and his misplaced hope give the novel significant emotional depth. Ages 8–12.
On the Run
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Published: Oct 09, 2012
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 128 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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