Published: October 2010
“I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you haven’t got your safety harness on, you haven’t got your lifejacket on. You shouldn’t be doing this . . . I was in the cold of the sea before I could even open my mouth to scream.”
Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone…
“This book changed my thoughts on reading all together. It is absolutely brilliant and I’ve read it three times already and it brings a tear to my eye every time.” Ciera, the Nation’s Favourite Morpurgo Vote
“It makes you cry, there is so much determination and spirit, oh it’s just fantastic!” Soph, the Nation’s Favourite Morpurgo Vote
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.
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.
Monday, 25th November 2013
It’s the final days of Michael Morpurgo Month and we have plenty to help you celebrate. As well as turning our focus to voyages for the final six days of November, there’s a chance to get four Michael Morpurgo classics for just 99p each.
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Kensuke’s Kingdom is a very inspiring book. It has lots of powerful adjectives which makes it more interesting. i would rate it 10 out 10
Great book it hooked me in straight away - if I was ever stranded on an island I would take some advice from kensuke . 11 out of 10 for me. My wish would be for a Whole series.
As a teacher you look for the book that will interest our young readers. As an added benefit, a book that will ignite the passion I had as a child, reading Tolkien/Garner and Lewis.
Kensuke`s Kingdom is such a book and I’ve taught it for many years now with my Upper Key Stage 2 children and it never fails to interest and entice, they tend to then read more by Michael Morpurgo and realise there’s a lot of great literature out there.
Mr Green, Brierley Cof E.
This is my favorite book. When I finished reading it, I loved it so much that I told my mom that she should read it too. She also loved it. God bless you Michael Morpurgo!
This really is an incredible book, it has a gripping story and is to date one of the only books that has brought a tear to my eye. This might just be one of Morpurgo’s finest masterpieces.
My 8 year old has just read Kensuke’s Kingdom in one night. He ran down stairs in the morning to tell me all about it and how he just couldn’t put it down! He is now a big fan and has got him interested in reading fiction again. Thank you.
He is now reading ‘Shadow’ and has made space on his bookshelf for a collection of Michael Morpurgo books. I also have had a quick flick through the pages of ‘Shadow’ and plan to pick it up once he has finished!
Kensuke’s Kingdom is a fantastic book. The plot is brilliant and once I start reading I can’t stop! We are doing an essay on this book in class but I’m enjoying writing about it. This is my favorite book other than War Horse!
I love this book. I’m 18 yrs old now and still remember reading it when I was 9 yrs old. I remember crying when I read it, it was just really touching.
Kensuke’s Kingdom is a gripping story of friendship and survival. It’s inspiring, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry. It is everything you would look for in a good novel. Michael Morpurgo writes very emotional books and I believe this to be one of his best ones. I’ve read a great deal of his books as I have a lot of them at home. The postscript was a wonderfully thought out addition and overall, I am very pleased with the fact I have read Kensuke’s Kingdom. It has changed my perspective of things.
The book is great i did it in class and me and my friends were so surprised by the postscript
It is my favourite book ever 8/8
I really enjoyed the book, it’s so fabulous. Where have you got the idea from? I also have the cd to it so we can hear u tell it as well as us reading it. On the other hand all of Michael Mrpurgo books are awesome anyway.
this is the best book ever
I did this book for a guided reading task with a few of my friends and it was probably the best book I have ever read. I like how the start almost tells you about the end. The letter is a really good idea and the whole book is so inspiring. This book has recommended me to read more and I’m now on why the whales came, also all my other friends are know reading one because we have a big collection at school and I have a lot of them at home.
This book is so amazing you can’t put it down! Its really boring at the start but when they start sailing around in the Peggy sue it gets even better!
Thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing this book it is amazing!
It is one of the best stories I have ever read and this is the first Michael Morpurgo book I have read . The story was assigned as homework because we were basing our world book week topic on it. The book pulls at my heart strings , that’s what I enjoyed about this book.
We read Kensuke’s Kingdom as our class novel. It is a story of friendship and survival. It is a really inspiring book about an adventure, that has a twist in the middle. The book makes you want to keep on reading, and it has a cliffhanger at the end. The book was brilliant and we found it inspiring - how foe can become your friend. We could recommend this book as a great class novel for 9-12 years old. Having nearly read all of Michael Morpurgo’s books, this is definitely one of the best. The book is better than watching television!! The end of the story brings the whole adventure together. The story was so dramatic, we fell in love with it!
i haven’t read the book yet but it should be amazing
Kensukes Kingdom is a sensational book packed with excitement and goodness. It’s my favourite book ever, I have read it so many times. It’s all about this boy and his wonderful relationship with this man on an island. His books never cease to impress me as he is such an emotional writer who really connects with his audience. I recommend this book to anyone who sees it, pick it up and read it!!!!!