Someone to Run With: A Novel

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Macmillan, 2005 - 343 pages
Earnest, awkward, and painfully shy, sixteen-year old Assaf is having the worst summer of his life. With his big sister gone to America and his best friend suddenly the most popular kid in their class, Assaf worries away his days at a lowly summer job in Jerusalem's city hall and spend his evenings alone. One morning, Assaf's routine is interrupted by an absurd assignment - to find the owner of a stray yellow Labrador retriever. Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, Tamar undertakes an equally unpromising mission - to rescue a drug-addicted boy and eventually to find her dog. 'Someone to run with' explores the life of Israeli street kids - whom Grossman interviewed extensively - and the anxieties of family life in a society racked by self-doubt. Most of all, it evokes the adventure of adolescence and the discovery of love as Tamar and Assaf, pushed beyond the limits of childhood by their quests, find themselves, and each other.
 

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User Review  - Rdra1962 - LibraryThing

Beautiful writing, fascinating characters, fast paced and thrilling. This book was a different read for me, in some ways too real -an unlikely runway girl living on the streets- hard to read for a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Floratina - LibraryThing

READ IN DUTCH This is a YA novel, set in Israel, and I can't really remember why I picked it up in the first place. I probably thought it was something special, because of the somewhat unusual setting ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
12
Section 4
26
Section 5
60
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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About the author (2005)

David Grossman has received several international awards for his writing, including the Premio Grinzane and the Premio Mondelo for The Zigzag Kid. He is the author of several novels, including Be My Knife, Someone to Run With, The Book of Intimate Grammar, children's books, and a play. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and children.

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