Children - General
94 Pages
Reviewed on 08/09/2013
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Runaway by Anfal Khaliq is the story of Chloe and her three sisters, Christine, Katie, and Lucy who live with their nasty Aunt Mel. Aunt Mel ill-treats the girls because they have no parents and they live with her. She dislikes the fact that they are dependent on her and she considers taking care of them a burden.

I found the story moving. To read about four girls who lost their parents is sad, and being treated badly is even sadder. Children always think families are great and this book is just the opposite. These girls don't think family is great because they are all unhappy. And their aunt hits them, making them lose their trust and faith in family and its importance.

I enjoyed the character of Aunt Mel. The author manages to create a mean and nasty image so well that even the reader starts hating her. That actually speaks of the author's competence. The four girls are lovable as they display each one's helplessness in a situation where there is no escape.

The twist in the story is when the girls cannot bear any more abuse and ill treatment. From sadness, the tone of the book changes at that point. No one likes to read a sad book especially when it comes to children. So it's nice to see the book chugging away to a happy ending.