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INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Stark, Ulf

The Runaways

(2) 4-6 Translated by Julia Marshall. Illustrated by Kitty Crowther. This Swedish import is an unvarnished portrait of old age. In the hospital with a broken leg and a failing heart, Grandpa is furious and foul-mouthed. His only ally is his affectionate and admiring grandson, who helps carry out an elaborate secret breakout. Every emotional effect is fully earned, and the final beat is deeply affecting. Full-page colored-pencil illustrations match the text in being simultaneously homely and honest.

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