The Runaway Girls (Hardback)
  • The Runaway Girls (Hardback)

The Runaway Girls (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 18/03/2021
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Another rollicking Victorian yarn from the inimitable Jacqueline Wilson, as a lonely rich girl finds contentment and adventure in the bustle of London with a feisty street performer.

The must-have new Victorian novel from bestselling, much-loved children's author, Jacqueline Wilson.

Victorian London, 1851. Queen Victoria is on the throne and the Great Exhibition is about to open!

Lucy Locket lives with her father, the New Mother and the New Baby. They sent away her beloved Nurse and replaced her with a horrid governess. Lucy desperately wants someone to be kind to her, and to have some fun - there's very little of that in her house.

Kitty Fisher is a street performer who earns tin for her supper by tumbling. She has always lived on the street and on her wits, with only the kind Gaffer to help her. But now Gaffer is gone, and Kitty is all alone.

When Lucy runs away from home, Kitty shows Lucy how to survive - where to find the best picnic leftovers in the park, and which trees makes the best beds. Lucy learns quickly and shows Kitty her own skills - befriending families to get free meals and singing beautiful melodies for the crowds.

But the streets of Victorian London are dangerous and soon the girls find themselves under threat from thieves - and even worse, the Workhouse!

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780857535986
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 493 g
Dimensions: 222 x 162 x 31 mm

The story shows how two completely different people can come together and make an unstoppable team - and how brave children can be. Some scenes - such as the one in the workhouse - will make your heart beat really hard. If you like Jacqueline Wilson's stories or want to find out what life was like for children in the 1800s, you will love this book. 8/10 * Independent *

Jacqueline Wilson introduces The Runaway Girls


A proper treat from Jaqueline Wilson as she shares her joy in writing about her favourite period of history and the adventures in store for her new heroines, Lucy Locket and Kitty Fisher.

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“What a throwback”

I am pretty sure everyone on my bookstagram is fully aware of what a HUGE fan I am of Jacqueline Wilson and have been since like, forever?? So, when I got approved to read an ARC of The Runaway Girls, 10 year old me... More

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“Great children’s historical fiction book”

Well, this was an adventure from start to finish. Set in Victorian London. We follow Lucy, an 8 year old who accidentally runs away from home and meets a new best friend, Kitty. Lucy is from a wealthy family and Kitty... More

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“Another classic”

I was a big JW fan when I was younger and when I saw her newest release I just had to read it.
It definitely did not disappoint. Packed with the feisty, funny and lovable characters that I’ve always known in Wilson’s... More

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