Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a novel for younger readers (and older) by John Boyne the author of the multi-award winning, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Once again narrated by a young boy (Noah is eight years old to Bruno’s Nine), the story is a whimsical fairytale with a hard centre. Questions of mortality, duty and love all present themselves once again, deftly combined by this skilful writer. Only his second book aimed at children, Boyne has crafted a gem that operates on several levels. As an adult reader I initially thought I had cleverly worked out his premise early on in the novel, only to be pleasantly surprised and impressed by the overall effect. An excellent book for younger or older readers. His third book for younger readers, The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket is due out this August. If you like John Boyne why not try the authors below?