Michael Morpurgo

Stories for Everyone

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Age: 10+

Published: June 2007

ISBN: 9780007230587

Format: Paperback

Other editions

  • Hardback: 9780007230563
  • Ebook: 9780007369980
  • Electronic Audio: 9780007232055
  • Reader: 9780007257461
A Michael Morpurgo Month Pick!

How far would you go to find yourself?

There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye! That is all I remember of England.

When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing.

Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie - a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur’s life finally come together?

“Lyrical and moving, it is one of the former Children’s Laureate’s best books for years.” Amanda Craig, The Times

“Executed with Morpurgo’s distinctive flair. His language remains beautifully clean and clear.” Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

From Kensuke’s Kingdom to Running Wild, Twist of Gold to Dear Olly, Michael Morpurgo talks about the theme of voyages in his books.

Awards:

  • Winner Rotherham Children’s Book Award
  • Winner Independent Bookseller’s Prize
  • Shortlist Red House Children’s Book Award
  • Shortlist Stockport Schools’ Book Award
  • Shortlist Bay Book Award
  • Shortlist Leeds Book Awards (11-14 years)
  • Winner Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award (9-11 years)
  • Nominated Carnegie Medal
  • Shortlist Lancashire Book of the Year Award
  • Winner Brilliant Book Award (Nottingham)
  • Winner Kernow Youth Book Award
  • Shortlisted Red Book Award
  • Shortlisted Coventry Inspiration Awards

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The perfect start to your ereader library

The perfect start to your ereader library

Were you lucky enough to get an ereader this Christmas? Our Classic Morpurgo eBook Collection features Kaspar, Born to Run, The Butterfly Lion, Alone On A Wide Wide Sea, Farm Boy and Running Wild. It’s the perfect start to your ebook library!

Or why not get started with this wonderful collection of war stories? Our Morpurgo War Stories eBook Collection features Private Peaceful, Little Manfred, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Toro! Toro!, Shadow and An Elephant in the Garden.

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i have read this book and it is really interesting i think that i will put it as my no.1 fave book…...........!!i got this book from school!!

I’m 12 and I’m only a little way through this book and I’m on page 75. It took a bit of getting into through the first couple of chapters but I’m now really enjoying it and looking forward to finding out what happens next. I also like the fact the chapters are short because it means I can read small chunks if I only have 5-10 minutes to read. It’s really easy to pick up each time you go back to the book. It’s fantastic so far!

this book is amazing i read it for school and i can’t stop

I love this book poor Arthur i am glad Allie finds kitty though kitty 4 sounds like a really cool boat!

I’m reading the book in school in we are doing lesons about in it really is a good book and i want to read on it is the first michael morpurgo book that i’ve read and it will probably the best!!!!!!!!!

This was the first ever book of yours I have read. It was recommended to me by a friend, and it seems he had remarkable taste for books. Everyone should read this book, for I know it was written with understanding thoughts for how the characters must be feeling. I couldn’t put the book down. Going to read it again soon!

I bought a MM Cd for my son age 6. We have listened to all the stories but we love this one the most and listen to it ALL the time. The first time I heard Part 4 - the last installment from Arthur, I cried! A really great book for kids and adults alike.
Lovely story!

great story i have read it in class its one of the best micheal morpurgo books i think

This is my absolute favourite of your books, i’m 18 now and I read it when I was much younger and have come back to read it again. I love the first part of the book especially the Cooper’s station part, even though it is incredibly sad.

Thanks!

I love the way Michael Morpurgo make you cry and laugh and smile and sometimes all at the same time! He is a brilliant author who writes the most brilliant books.

I think I’ve read this book about ten times. It is my favourite book and has been for six years! it was suggested to me by my librarian, after I read this, I got so hooked on your books! Later that year we read Kensuke’s Kingdom in class.my librarian then bought me running wild(my second favourite book of all time) and now I have a whole book shelf of Michael Morpurgo books. I aspire to write like you someday,
Kailea

This book is an amazing read. It’s a must have for all children, aged 10-12. Touching, powerful and heart-warming, also a little sad, this book shows hoe lucky we are to live. This is such an inspiring book by an amazing author. Now one of my favourites ever!

This book is probably the best in the world! It will probably take you two days to read ,not because it is short (it is actually very long!) but because it is so heart-taking that you cannot put it down! I like how it is in two parts. the first part is great but it has sad moments and sometimes it had a happy moments. Part two is sad because Arthur died, but the end is probably the best part. That doesn’t mean you go ahead and skip to the end because if you do you will have ruined the feeling that draws you in and you would have not got such a surprise at the end. I would personally rate it one billion over 10 it’s that good. I would say that anyone between the age of 9-999 will like it.

this book is probably the best in the world! it will probably take you two days to read ,not because it is short (it is actually very long!) but because it is so heart-taking that you cannot put it down! I like how it is in two parts. the first part is great but it has sad moments and sometimes it had a happy moments. part two is sad because Arthur died, but the end is probably the best part. that doesn’t mean you go ahead and skip to the end because if you do you will have ruined the feeling that draws you in and you would have not got such a surprise at the end. I would personally rate it one billion over 10 its that good. I would say that anyone between the age of 9-999 will like it.

If I’m to give my opinion, this is Michael Morpurgo’s best book. Full of twists and turns and ups and downs. Amazing!

This book is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. In bits of it, I even shed a few tears. This was recommended to me by a friend, and afterwards, we spent a few weeks telling each other little comments about particular parts. I downloaded this book on my kindle, and once I ‘d got into it, I just couldn’t put it down.

My opinion of this book is that it is one of the greatest books Michael Morpurgo has wrote and I feel it really touched my heart strings. Once I began reading I couldn’t stop and I do not regret reading it and was certainly not disappointed. Not only this but I would highly recommend it to absolutely everyone. I bought this book and highly recommend you do too.

Brilliant twist at the end! Who knew?

I bought this book around five to six years ago at a book fair without knowing anything about it at all for a good price. To this day, to me it’s one of those books you can reread and reread and reread till the pages turn yellow and book jacket starts to get wrinkly at the edges. This book is just one of those books you’d recommend to anyone to read without a second thought.

One of the best books I’ve ever read a long but briallant book of an excelent adventure

Hi ! My name is Mary, I'm French. Coud we excuse me for my English ! So I have reading your book in French "seul sur la mer immense" when, I love it !!!! Thanks smile PS: This email is not a good email, because I haven't got it ! 
I loved this book. Exceptionally brilliant, moving and inspiring. My daughter and I read it together. We were sinking and floating from bitterness to sweetness. The first part made us cry a lot. We hugged a lot, and learned a lot. It is a materpiece!
I loved this book! A fantastic, inspiring tale of survival and determination across a generation. A real page turner. A great present for anyone who loves sailing, animals and Australia.
A wonderful book. I read this a few years ago and as an adult thoroughly enjoyed the book from start to finish. Morpurgo's books always make you want to carry on reading the next chapter...and the next...and the next but you don't actually want the book to come to an end! Emotion runs through both stories within the book and I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.
I like alone on a wide wide sea because I just could not put the book down once I started reading it! I really liked Henry the wombat. I really liked wes and his courage to attack piggy bacon and then escape the night after, but it was sad when wes died. alone on a wide wide sea is by far the greatest book I ever read (so far). It was really sad when Marty and aunty Megs died. I loved the way eith died. I liked her strong courage. Part two was great. But it was sad when arthur died just before alexis went out to find kitty. I love it. I am now reading the ancient mariner. Michael morpurgo is great!