Ruth Thomas (children's writer)
Ruth Thomas (4 January 1927 – 25 August 2011) 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.
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. 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).
- "Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". guardian.co.uk 12 March 2001. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
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