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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409058137
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

The Runner

A breathtaking, prize-winning novel for younger readers by a rising star of children's books

Jason has had enough of his parents' arguments. He's running away to stay with his brother in Liverpool. On the train journey he meets a 'runner' called Jam, who lives on the monster Intercity trains and stations. His carefree and adventurous life sounds so exciting that Jason begins to think he might join Jam. Then Jason discovers Jam's secret.

  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409058137
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

About the author

Keith Gray

Keith was born and brought up in Grimsby and knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. When he received 0% for his accountancy exams he decided to pursue his dream.

Since then, he has gone on to win the Angus Book Award and the silver medal in the Smarties Prize. He has twice been shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booktrust Teen Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Rave reviews about his writing have appeared in every broadsheet. Keith was a judge for the Blue Peter Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Bookstrust Teen Prize and reviews regularly for the Guardian.

Keith is now a full-time writer living in Edinburgh.

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Praise for The Runner

Insightful and entirely believable, this story is a gem

Young Booktrust

A skilful and credible modern fantasy

The Guardian

A brilliant story...super dialogue...fast-paced sensitive tale which ends with a surprising twist.

Irish Times

This is a well-crafted, pacy thriller.

Kathryn Ross, The Scotsman

Clever, insightful story.

Bournemouth Daily Echo

A clever and intriguing tale.

Northern Echo

Another little jewel from Keith Gray, at his best on a small canvas.


A quick and enjoyable read...fabulous pictures.

Evening Echo (Cork)

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