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Runner - Robert Newton

Paperback Published: 30th May 2005
ISBN: 9780143302070
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old

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It's 1919, Richmond football club is on top of the ladder, cream buns are threepence each and four boys are gunning for the best job in town. Charlie is lucky enough to win the prime job – running messages for Squizzy Taylor, the most dangerous gangster in Melbourne. But things start to get a little too hot for Charlie, so he decides to take the money and run . . .

About The Author

Robert Newton works as a full-time firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. His first novel, My Name is Will Thompson, was published in 2001. Since then he has written four other novels for young people, including Runner and The Black Dog Gang . He lives in Melbourne with his wife and three daughters.



very well written

melbourne australia


Enjoyable Reading


My teenage son is reading this book for school, so I decided to read it myself. Thoroughly enjoyed this easy to read book. In fact I couldn't put it down. It is set in Melbourne so as a Melbournian I could relate to all the places that were mentioned.



Great read


Fantastic book for kids, especially for those who live in Melbourne. Lots of local and historical references but tied up in a great adventure story with a positive outcome. As a teacher, I have taught it to Year 7s and was always popular. Add a trip around Melbourne and kids (and adults with an interest in Melbourne's crime history) will love it.




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ISBN: 9780143302070
ISBN-10: 0143302078
Audience: Children
For Ages: 14 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th May 2005
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1