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Monday, 29 November 2010 12:33

"I want to write stories that matter, that have a real point to them. I'm not interested in vampires," says John Boyne, dismissing the blockbusting Twilight series as "trash" with a wave of his hand.

It's hardly surprising that an author who made his name with a novel for children set during the Holocaust should expect a certain seriousness from literature for young people. Published in 2006, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas found both controversy and crossover success, and was made into a Hollywood film two years later. But Boyne's willingness to tackle the darkest subjects makes it all the more unexpected that after two historical novels written for adults, his return to children's fiction should be so full of lightness, surreal absurdity and wit.

Noah Barleywater Runs Away gives the logic of classic fairytales a modern twist: instead of being abandoned by cruel step-parents, eight-year-old Noah leaves his loving family and finds himself in a forest. There he discovers a wonky world, with a dachshund

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