The Runaway

Mary Weeks Millard

ISBN: 9781912726011

240 Pages

Published Mar 2019

Young Adult

Paperback £8.99 Kindle £4.99
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‘Run, run, as fast as you can!’ – the cry rings out in Tiago’s ears as he flees his abusive step-father and the only home he has ever known.

Exposed and alone on the cruel London streets, and fearing for his infant sister’s fate, he will have to learn fast if he is to survive and ever see her again. But when a chance encounter with a beautiful girl reveals a new threat, he runs to the coast where new opportunities and new dangers await.

Vulnerable and in desperate need of support, Tiago will have to decide whom to trust if he is ever to stop running and discover the key to his dead father’s past.

But will his murderous step-father find him first? And what about the girl whose help may just have saved his life?

  • In this novel Mary Weeks Millard describes how Tiago, a victim of all four categories of abuse, deals with what is happening to him, without dwelling on the abuse itself. She crafts into the story some of the ways that the victims of abuse deal with the pain, but this isn’t a novel that delves into the darkness of abuse, but a story of hope and learning to trust again. On his journey, Tiago finds people across the age and social spectrum who could hurt him or could help him. He has to decide if he will trust again. Are the gang of runaways going to be like the bullies at school or will their shared experience bring a level of understanding? Can he trust the gypsies or are the stereotypes of them true? Who is he? What worth does he have? Can he trust anyone? Does he belong anywhere and what does family really mean?

    Tiago discovers he has a value and can be loved as a friend, as a brother, as a son and as a boyfriend; that real love is not conditional or self-serving, but sacrificial and unconditional; that if you are being abused there are people whom you can trust and who will help you because it’s not right and you don’t have to live with it.

    Mark Blackwell, Safeguarding Advisor, Hampshire County

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