Published: June 2007
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.
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Friday, 21st February 2014
The winner of the Morpurgo Month competition is announced.
Schools were asked to create reviews for their favourite Michael Morpurgo Month books. These could take any format schools chose; they just needed to demonstrate how much the pupils love the 30 titles included in Morpurgo Month, a celebration of Michael’s books for his 70th birthday.
Monday, 30th December 2013
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.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Reading charity Booktrust is pleased to announce former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as its new President. The role, previously held by the late Doris Lessing, offers a notable figure as a supporter and ambassador for Booktrust’s work.
Booktrust believes that no-one should miss out on the life changing benefits that reading can bring. It gives free books to children via national programmes such as ‘Bookstart’, which works through locally based organisations to give packs of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers. With over 90 years of expertise in recommending books, it runs sponsored book prizes and manages creative reading projects, such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. This year, it launched a brand new prize – The Booktrust Best Book Awards, supported by Kindle.
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This is probably one of Michaels Best books ever!
I downloaded this on my kindle and the book was recommend by my friend I must say I was truly not disapointed get this book!!!!!
This book is amazing, I read it in two days. It is a thought-provoking book that grabs your attention. Once you read the first page, you can’t stop….....
Saffron Brown says:
Amazing. My friend recommended it to me and once i started reading, i couldnt stop!!! Simpley amazing.
Gabrielle care says:
My teacher is reading this to us and when the bell gose and she puts the book down we all say just a little bit more I love this book
Fantastic! I loved it all the way through, it was very gripping and it’s almost impossible to stop reading it! Every last word is perfect, it is a masterpiece!!!
I think you are a fantastic writer I love every single book you write my favourite book would have to be Alone on a wide wide sea I loved the second part but I loved the first part better Private Peaceful was the first book I ever read and from then on I loved every one
I would give it 10 out of 10
I have no words to describe it, it was that good
I have nearly finished reading the story and I might read it again, I am actually enjoying the book I have borrowed it from my school library and in the first part I found it very sad and same with the second part but the second part was very sad when Arthur dies.
I would recommend this story to any one. It has taken me a while to read it because every night/day I have other commitments.
One of the best books I’ve ever read a long but briallant book of an excelent adventure
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.
mm fan no 1 says:
Brilliant twist at the end! Who knew?
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.
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.
If I’m to give my opinion, this is Michael Morpurgo’s best book. Full of twists and turns and ups and downs. Amazing!
Gabriel D says:
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.
Gabriel D says:
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 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!
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,
Rin Kagamine says:
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.
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.