Published: June 2008
The bag wasn’t just drifting gently along, it was turning of its own accord. There was something inside it, squeaking and squealing in terror. Patrick didn’t think about it. He shrugged off his school bag and leapt into the canal.
For Best Mate, being rescued from drowning as a young puppy is only the start of his adventures. From unwanted burden to favourite companion, and from pet to champion race dog, this remarkable greyhound proves that it’s not just cats who have more than one life. Cast aside, kidnapped, adopted or living rough on the streets, Best Mate can always find a way to survive. But will he ever find a real home?
Watch this fantastic video of Michael Morpurgo as he reads an extract and talks about the inspiration behind the book.
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saffron brown says:
This book is honestly the best book i’ve ever read! Absalutly amazing!As a matter of fact, this is the first book i’ve ever read thats made me cry! I cried for 15 minutes straight! Its a great book and i recomend it to ANYONE! 10/10!
This book is my favirate book i have ever read in the world! I love the auther micheal because his books just make me want to read more and more.After the book i have read i am straight on to another micheal morpurgo book because I love them sooooooooo much.
Beth Kerrigan says:
This book was brilliant! i have to be honest and say that i did cry..a lot. i recomended it to all my friends and they loved it
My joint-favourite Michael Morpurgo book of all time, this book inspires courage in the most timid of people….or dogs.
i like the book because its about dogs
This book is one of my fav michael morpurgo books,I couldnt put it down it was that good!Although it made me very close to tears,Born to Run,deserves five stars *****!
I would recommend this book to everyone who is up to a brilliant read!:D:)
me and my friend say that this is a brillaian book to read we read this book with our class mates we enjoyed reading it and we want to read it again
I don’t think I have ever read a book so wonderfully written and published, I love how micheal morpurgo made Best Mate have so many adventures and so many owners that each have their own unique lives. Micheal Morpurgo is the best author EVER!!!!!
Carol Smart says:
I love this book! Poor dog! But the story is partly based on real life. Poor greyhounds! I love this book (as I’ve already said before) 100000000000% good.
michel morpurgo sort of hippnotises you with the desription. this was the first and the best michel morpurgo book i ever read and its awsome as well its so good :D
I love this book because it has incredible illustrations
Thanks Michael for making such great books!
Born to Run is a great well known book i have recommended it to all my friends and they loved it loads. people should never judge a book by its cover and join in with the fun!!!
Hi to all,
I have not read Born to Run but would like to know whether it would nice? It looks like a heartbreaking book. I’m 10 years old.
What caught my attention to this book was definitely the cover. Being an avid dog lover, I started reading couldn’t put it down till I finished. The book was brilliant. A lovely read. I couldn’t stop crying. A simple well written story that just touches your heart irrespective of your age. I am looking forward to reading more of your books, since I literally stumbled onto this book thanks to a local bookstore in Mumbai. Thank you for writing such a heart warming story.
Rachi x says:
This is my favourite story ever. I chose to do it for a book report and have loved it since the age of 8 when I first read it. I would recommend it to every older child. Fabulous 5* story.
So enchanting. I lOVE IT.
I love books about animals and this one has so many lives!
lollol I love dogs says:
This book is just great!
It’s the best book you can possibly read, absolutely the best book in the world, and it is honestly the most fantastic book I’ve EVER read in the world ! And I would recommend it to any one, even adults if I had to.
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