Running Away For Beginners book and activity pack

Running Away For Beginners book and activity pack

Mark Illis
  • Includes an exclusive signed book plate
Regular price £11.00
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A funny, heartfelt adventure for readers aged 12+

Older readers will find much to relate to in Running Away For Beginners by Mark Illis, which comes with an accompanying activity pack, which we created for Parrot Street Book Club subscribers in May 2024.

Running Away For Beginners has a relatable real world setting, a brilliant cast of teen characters, and is packed with both empathy and humour. Jasper has just been diagnosed with cancer and his friends help organise a weekend away to help clear his mind - except Jasper has a secret that he hasn't shared with them yet."

Jasper was just diagnosed with cancer. His treatment starts in a week, and in the meantime his parents want him to carry on as normal. Jasper knows that's impossible.

His friends help to organize a weekend trip to get away from everything that's happened and clear his mind. It'll be like running away for beginners, they joke.

On the journey, they come to understand each other better as everyone's secrets come out. Except Jasper doesn't tell his friends his own secret: that when the return journey begins, he won't be going with them.

Mark Illis writes novels, short stories and TV drama. He is the author of several books for both teenagers and adults.

The activity pack includes stickers, book club-style questions to ponder and a welcome note from Mark Illis. There’s also a giant word search to solve and a recipe for Bakewell tart, alongside jokes and further reading recommendations.

Activity packs are a handy A5 size and printed on uncoated paper which is fully recyclable.

We dispatch orders Monday - Friday.

  • Standard UK Royal Mail delivery £2.99 (free on bookshop orders over £25)
  • UK Express delivery also available from £5.50
  • International shipping available to select destinations (calculated at checkout according to weight)

Our packs are wrapped in a simple paper sleeve and sent out in a cardboard book wrap – we would be so grateful if you could recycle both.

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We are a monthly book subscription by post for children aged 5 to 14, focused on helping families discover new and different chapter books.

This title was sent to subscribers in the Macaw reading group, aged roughly 12 to 14, who need books that feel grown-up but aren’t quite ready for all young adult books.

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