by Julia Donaldson - £6.99 Egmont Childrens Books (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781405222334 | ISBN 10: 1405222336
Leo's running from her past.
Finlay's running into troble. Together, they stumble into a crazy new world of secrets, lies and Chinese food.
But someone is on Leo's trail...
Don't tread on the cracks.
If you tread on a crack, it could be him.
This is a runaway thriller for Jacqueline Wilson fans, by the author of The Gruffalo. 14-year-old Leo runs away from her aunt and uncle's home, where she has been living since the sudden death of her musician parents. Leo is driven away by the disturbing behaviour of her uncle. But she is not just wanting to escape her life: she wants to discover the secret behind the feud between her father and his Chinese family.
Leo's journey is peopled with a cast of fabulous characters: 12-year-old Finlay, who can never get anything right and is always in trouble; Mary the manic depressive, who provides a hideaway for Leo; Rab, the grumpy cornershop owner and Marina the no-nonsense doughnut lady, both of whom give Finlay work - and plenty of unsolicited advice!
Julia Donaldson has crafted a funny, moving, heart-stopping thriller with characters that will stay in your heart long after you have turned the final uplifting page.
(Price & availability last checked: September 2018)