By: J.C Jones
Genre: YFA - Classic fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 25 Mar 2015
ISBN: 9781743319222


Pip Sullivan's tenth birthday was a disaster, and that was only the beginning. With her beloved Sully in hospital and the welfare hot on her heels, Pip needs time, money and a place to stay.

She's determined to stay one step ahead of Senior Constable Molly Dunlop! With help from her friends, including a psychic cat and a canine escape artist, Pip needs to stay out of dreaded foster homes so she can help Sully get better.

Run, Pip, Run is a warm-hearted story about a small girl on her own in a big city, but who knows a thing or two about loyalty, bravery and friendship.


Pip is one very brave character.

The story commences with Sully, her beloved guardian, being struck down by illness. It has just been Pip and Sully for as long as she can remember, and she doesn't know anything about her family. They struggle to make ends meet, but somehow they have managed.

With Sully in hospital, and ‘the social’ (what Pip calls the government welfare services) and the police hot on her tail threatening to put her in a foster home, Pip goes on the run.

Pip is an incredibly brave and loyal character who tries her best to help everyone around her. Unfortunately, she can’t see that sometimes she isn’t really helping herself.

Luckily, she develops a great friendship with a girl from school who comes from very different circumstances to Pip and the story ends with a real mix of happiness and sadness at Pip’s changed circumstances.

Pip’s misfortune and disadvantage may make some readers realise how lucky they really are to have a family that loves them and cares for them.

There is quite a bit of interesting Australian slang in this title, and a lot of is explained or in context so that readers can follow along.

An interesting read, that draws you in, especially as you worry about what might happen to Pip while she is on the run.

Reviewed by Kate