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Night Runner

Written by Tim Bowler

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LoveReading View on Night Runner

August 2014 Book of the Month

Award-winning Tim Bowler will set heartbeats racing in this gripping story set in a dark underworld filled with violent men who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Zinny’s life is bleak enough already but from the day he skives off school and finds a sinister stranger watching the house and a creep coming home to it with his mum, things go rapidly from bad to worse. Where once misery was just on a domestic scale, Zinny is caught up in doing delivery jobs for a bunch of crooks. With seemingly no one to turn to, Zinny is soon in fear of his life! 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Night Runner Synopsis

This edge of your seat and nail-biting adventure which follows 15 year old Zinny as he tries to escape the danger that suddenly engulfs him at his home one day. He's not just running for his life but for the lives of his family too.

Zinny's life is falling apart. Shadowy figures are following him. His parents are keeping secrets but he can't figure out why. Then his mum ends up in hospital, his dad disappears, and Zinny has to do whatever he can to save his family. Even if it means helping the very men he's been running from ...As the clock ticks, Zinny knows it's only a matter of time before someone ends up dead - and it could be him.

Night Runner Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Georgina Bellingham, age 11 - 'This was a fantastic and exciting journey through tough times. Enjoy.' Read full review >
  • Amie Coffman, age 9 - 'It was exciting and scary.  I couldn’t put it down but was almost too frightened to read it at times – especially at night!' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'A must read for teenage boys, however, girls don’t be put off as I really enjoyed reading it.  The plot is easy to follow, it is a quick read thriller.' Read full review >
  • Jack Wilson, age 12 - 'A scary story that makes you paranoid... Night Runner is an engaging,amazing and well written book.' Read full review >
  • Amber Morgan, age 13 - 'A mind-boggling book that makes your heart beat at double speed and your adrenalin rush...Because of its unbelievably captivating story lines this book is one of the best, imaginative and chilling books I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Conor Kelly age 16 - 'This one fits everything I like in a book and I read it in two evenings...The novel was very fast moving and exciting with an unexpected ending.' Read full review >
  • Josh Hall, age 14 - 'A good book, overall.' Read full review >
  • Oliver May, age 12 - 'I thoroughly loved the book, it was a great page-turner that I could not put down!' Read full review >
  • Jacob Lawrence, age 11 - 'This book will give you an edge of your seat thriller. With a great storyline and twists I would recommend this to fans of the Hunger Games.' Read full review >
  • Charlotte Rosevear, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed this book, I was bored at the beginning but soon got into it and loved it.' Read full review >
  • Sam Saddler, age 12 - 'I found the story took a while to kick off...I would rate it 3 out of 5.' Read full review >

Night Runner Press Reviews

‘a sharp, suspenseful thriller in a setting of urban deprivation. ….. Filmic, succinct and well-crafted, with a hero who commands our sympathy, this high-octane adventure in a low-life world has heart’ Nicolette Jones, Children’s Book of the Week in The Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780192794147
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192794147
Publication date: 7th August 2014
Author: Tim Bowler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Gritty Reads, Thrillers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Tim Bowler

Tim was our Guest Editor in February 2011. Click here to see his selections.   Tim Bowler is one of the UK’s most compelling and original writers for teenagers. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea and after studying Swedish at University he worked in forestry, the timber trade, teaching and translating before becoming a full-time writer. He lives with his wife in a small village in Devon and his workroom is an old stone outhouse known to friends as ‘Tim’s Bolthole’. Tim has written eighteen books and won fifteen awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for ...

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