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The Prison Runner

One of the most powerful and compelling novels you will ever read about the effect of cocaine production on the children of Bolivia

Deborah Ellis

Suitable for:  Children of 9+ years; teachers and librarians; fans of Deborah Ellis's best-selling backlist: The Breadwinner, Parvana's Journey and Mud City.

Price:  £6.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-275548-3
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Paperback: 208 pages
Dimensions: 198x129mm

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'Diego had never been in the jungle before. He'd lived with his family high in the hills, and then he was a prison kid, a city kid. His nights were bare light bulbs burning, women and children crying, guards yelling and keys clanging. He hated it, but it was what he was used to . . .'

A simple error of judgement hurls Diego into a nightmare. He's been living in prison with his mother and sister, looking after them and earning money whenever he can. Until the day he accidentally breaks the rules. Suddenly the family are in trouble, and Diego needs money to save them.

So when one of his friends tells Diego that he knows a job that will make them both rich, Diego gives into temptation. But the job is far different from the one he'd imagined, and Diego soon finds himself in the heart of the Bolivian jungle and the clutches of men who produce drugs for a living . . .

This page was last updated on 08 May 2021 at 09:30 GMT


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