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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Hi my name is Jess I am 13 and I love your books
Stunning and engaging book to read
You get sucked into the book
This book was, by far, the best Michael Morpurgo novel I have come across in all my twelve years on earth. It made me cry so much it worried me. I am not usually an emotional reader, so when I shed actual tears over it I was surprised, bearing in mind I was ten when I read it for the first time.
This book is wonderful and thoroughly recommended. I have just started a PGCE course to become a primary teacher and so I’m reading a lot of children’s literature. I’m a new comer to the works of Mr Morpurgo - my only previous experience was the stage production of War House. Alone on a Wide Wide see has to be the best book I’ve read so far. I has in tears three times and had to put it away towards the end as I was getting strange looks on the tube train! However the final ending was a joy to read and absolutely delicious (I hope I haven’t given too much away). How this can be a work of fiction is beyond me - the story line is so strong and the characters so believeable that I really want to believe that Allie, Arthur and everyone else is real! This was a wonderful read which I will certainly be using with my class when I’m a qualified primary teacher.
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.
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.
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,
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.