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He could fall down a manhole, collapse from a stroke. A car crash could sever his spinal cord… There were comets. Killer bees. Foreign armies. Floods. Serial killers.

If fate is out to get you, can you outrun it? How fast and how far will you go? That’s the decision a teenage boy must make in this bold and brave Carnegie Medal winner. One day, David Case saves his baby brother’s life – snatches him away from a horrific death by the skin of his teeth. That day, David’s whole world changes. Suddenly every moment is fizzing with what ifs. David’s sure the world’s got it in for him. But can he trick fate? Now he’s going on the run. (And having strange misadventures. And falling in love.) A name change and a cool disguise should hide him from whatever’s up there. Right?

  • A dazzling Carnegie Medal winner by the author of How I Live Now
  • Philosophical yet witty look at whether we control our own lives
  • “Intelligent, ironic and darkly funny” – Sunday Times
  • “This is a brilliant, haunting novel” – Telegraph

Product Details






Penguin Books Ltd

Date published

June 1st, 2007

Other details
  • 256 pages



Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff was born in 1956 in Boston, USA. She studied at Harvard University and left for England in 1977 to enter St Martin’s School of Art, later returning to finish her degree at Harvard. She worked in New York City for 10 years in publishing and advertising, before moving to England.

She has written four novels for teenagers, as well as several picture books. Her first novel, How I Live Now, was published to great acclaim in 2004, winning the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and shortlisted for both the Whibread Children’s Book Award and the Orange First Novel Prize.

Her second novel, Just in Case (2006), about a hunted 15-year-old boy, won the 2007 Carnegie Medal, and her third, What I Was was also shortlisted for several major awards. Her latest book, The Bride’s Farewell is her first historical novel, telling the tale of a nineteenth century girl who flees on the morning of her wedding.


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