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Run, Boy, Run

Uri Orlev
AGE: 10 up

This extraordinary, life-affirming book tells the story of Srulik Freedman. Srulik, a Polish Jewish boy, is five years old when World War II breaks out. After losing his family, he escapes the Warsaw ghetto, surviving the Holocaust in the woods and rural villages of Poland.
How does a young boy who is entirely alone get through the war? How does he keep up his will to live, in spite of the hardships he faces? An encounter helps answer this question: one night, as he is fleeing German soldiers, Srulik comes face to face with his father. During the few moments they share, his father gives him some words of advice: "You must stay alive. You must find someone who will teach you how to behave among the gentiles, how to cross yourself and pray." These words guide Srulik through the war. Over the next months, Srulik bands together with other Jewish boys in the woods. When he loses these friends, he wanders from farm to farm, or village, searching for work in exchange for food and shelter. Eventually the war ends and Srulik is brought back to Judaism. The reader is left to appreciate the important things that we take for granted - having a family, a home, food, freedom and, most of all: life.

<p>Run, Boy, Run</p>
Title Run, Boy, Run
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Catalan (Spain), Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2001
No. Pages 200 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Rutz Yeled, Rutz
Representation Represented by ITHL


Catalan: Madrid, Alfaguara, 2002
French: Paris, Flammarion, 2003; 2009 
English: Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Italian: Milan, Salani, 2003; Milan, Sansoni/ RCS Libri, 2004; school ed.: 2004
Japanese: Tokyo, Iwanami Shoten, 2003; pback: 2015 
German: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2004; pback: Gulliver/Beltz & Gelberg, 2006; special film ed.: 2014
Swedish: Stockholm, Raben & Sjorgen, 2004
Portuguese: Porto, Ambar, 2004
Spanish: Madrid, Alfaguara, 2005
Korean: Seoul, Prunsoop, 2005
Chinese (complex): Taipei, Eastern Pub., 2005
Chinese (simplified): Guangzhou, Guangzhou Bright Book, 2014
Serbian: Novi Sad, Zmaj, 2005
Russian: Moscow, Text, 2012
Croatian: Zagreb, SysPrint, 2012
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2013
Czech: Prague, Práh, 2014

Turkish: Istanbul, Cizmeli kedi, forthcoming 

Luxemburgish: Mersch, Edition Friedrich-Schmit, forthcoming 

Esperanto: Lublin, Ars Libri, 2019



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