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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142418498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142418499
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5–7—Sunny Skyland has missed her twin sister ever since they were separated at age three after their mother and grandmother were killed in an automobile accident. Sunny has kept her memories of Starr alive over the past decade and in seven foster homes. Then, the discovery of a canvas bag containing $800, with no claimant, spurs Sunny to travel from Nebraska to her old neighborhood in Enumclaw, WA. Sunny is an experienced runaway who plans carefully and tells no one. She boards a bus for the first leg of her journey but then complicates her life by adopting a stray dog. Her trip is thwarted by a group of teenage boys, and she survives a tornado. She does reach her destination, but not with the expected ending. At times the plot twists, although possible, are improbable. Nonetheless, Sunny is a compelling and resourceful character whose adventures will keep readers turning the pages to see how things turn out.—Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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"Sunny is compelling and resourceful character whose adventures will keep readers turning the pages to see how things turn out." -School Library Journal


More About the Author

I've published 53 books; all but two are for children. I wrote magazine articles, short stories, and plays for many years before I discovered that what I like best is to write books for kids.
When I was twelve, I was paralyzed with polio. I made almost a full recovery but I remember that time of my life so clearly that it's easy for me to write from the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen-year-old.
I'm always thrilled when one of my books wins a state young reader award, because I know those awards are voted on by children.
I am a widow who was married for 48 years. I have two grown children and four grandchildren. I live on a small wildlife sanctuary near Mt. Rainier National Park and I often have deer and elk in my yard.

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I was so in to the book, it only took me a few hours to read!!
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I thought runaway twin was an amazing book. it was so well written. it was interesting. also very heartwarming.
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I highly recommend it for pretty much all ages, but I think third-fifth graders would enjoy this book most.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill on May 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
This review is by my 9 year old daughter.
This book was so good I couldn't put it down. At the end, it was a little sad and cliff hanging and that was the best part. Just to warn you, the beginning is a little boring but KEEP READING! It's kind if important. It's now my favorite book ever! I will read it again, maybe even 5 more times!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on November 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Thirteen-year-old Sunny Skyland feels all alone in the world, desperately clinging to the few memories she has left of her loving family. But when her mom and grandmother died in a car accident, she and her twin sister, Starr, were split up, and Sunny hasn't seen or heard from Starr ever since.

Sunny's life hasn't held much love since she lost her family. One distant relative even abandoned her in an empty apartment. Following that, she became part of the system, bouncing from one foster home to another. Although the last two places were so bad that Sunny decided to run away, her current living arrangements are a vast improvement. She has been placed with a single woman named Rita, who seems decent enough except for her enthusiasm for healthy food. There's no junk food of any kind allowed in the entire house, causing a problem for the Twinkie-addicted Sunny. Despite that downside, Sunny can't help but start liking Rita. Still, she can't shake feeling somewhat incomplete and realizes there's only one thing that can change that --- finding Starr.

One day, an opportunity presents itself for her to do just that. While walking to the store for a much-needed Twinkie fix, Sunny stumbles upon a bag of money. She does the right thing and advertises her find, but when no one claims it, she makes her move. Armed with a few supplies and the only photo she has of her sister, Sunny sets off across the country to reunite with Starr. She doesn't have much to go on --- just the name of their old town written on the back of the photo --- but she's positive she'll find the house where they used to live. Surely a neighbor will have some information that could lead her to her other half, becoming whole once more.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Peg Kehret's RUNAWAY TWIN tells of Sunny, who longs to be reunited with her twin sister Starr. Separated at age three and with only a photo to guide her, Sunny crosses the country in search of the sister she's lost, rescuing an abandoned dog, handling bullies and bus drivers, and finding that when she locates her twin, life still isn't perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy May on September 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my twin ten year old daughters to read, and they liked it so much I read it too.
The writing flows pleasantly and is exceptionally easy to follow. The story seems credible, and is captivating. The moods and thought processes seem very realistic. We all discussed the book afterwards and the girls and I want to read more Peg Kehret.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader in Washington on October 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Peg Kehret's books are never repetitive, but there's one constant that readers can count on: a smart, insightful, self-reliant heroine or hero who's capable of learning significant life lessons from experience. "Runaway Twin" is no exception.
Young teenager Sunny Skyland was separated at age three from her twin sister Starr, and has always dreamed of finding and living with her sister. A lucky find enables Sunny to run off from her foster home in Nebraska, to try to track down Starr in Enumclaw, Washington. Sunny's journey is far from uneventful, as she needs to cope with obstacles ranging from nasty teenaged boys, to an old dog who insists on adopting Sunny, to a tornado. But Sunny is both clever and determined, and will not give up. Her adventures will hold the interest of boys as well as girls.
To say more might spoil the story. There are no potboilers in Peg Kehret's list of titles, and I never saw the highly-satisfactory outcome, with a couple of perfect twists, coming. You'll put this book down with a smile. Yep. Just right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coddog on June 3, 2014
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This book kept me interested through I'm a seventh grader going in to eighth and I don't
Read as often as I should but this book is the only one that really kept me interested
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is like a movie because the details and description help you picture the action as the story unfolds. I couldn't put it down because I didn't want to stop the movie.
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By paula on June 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great Book. My daughter was in her schools BATTLE OF THE BOOKS and had the list to read over the summer.
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