Ruth Thomas (children's writer)

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This article is about the children's writer. For the novelist and short story writer, see Ruth Thomas (novelist).

Ruth Thomas (4 January 1927 – 25 August 2011)[1] was an English author of children's fiction. For her first novel, The Runaways, she won the 1988 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers.[2]

Thomas was born in Wellington, Somerset, England, to two primary school teachers.[1]

Her books draw on her own experiences as a primary school teacher, at first in East London; during the 1980s in Kensal Green, north west London.[1] Books include The Runaways (1987), The Class that Went Wild (1988), The New Boy (1989), The Secret (1990), Guilty (1993), The Paper Bag Baby (1993) and Hideaway (1994).


  1. ^ a b c Julia Eccleshare (23 September 2011). "Ruth Thomas obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". 12 March 2001. Retrieved 4 August 2012.

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