Published: June 2010
For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn’t just a holiday. It’s an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them - things like the death of Will’s father. And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that’s when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he’s not completely alone . . . He’s got Oona.
“I loved Oona and her love and protection for Will. Great story!” Lee, the Nation’s Favourite Morpurgo Vote
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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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The only book that ever made me cry, absolutely beautiful. Morpurgo uses the best description, the sweetest words to create a beautifully polished work of art. This book makes you think about how cruel this world this world really is.
I really enjoyed reading this book!
I absolutely loved this book! I work in a Junior School library and two of our Year 6 classes are reading it for Book Club, it was the most popular choice among the students! I know they will love the book just as much as I did.
its sooo sad and yet so amazing! dont know how you did it but it is just…amazing, hard to describe so read it and you will realise how great it is x
I loved the book there were happy times as well as said times so many conflicted emotions it was just great
I absolutely love your book Running Wild and am doing my book report on it. There is so much adventure and it is a very inspiring story. It has sad parts with the mum and dad but an amazing ending. I especially like the little twist in the middle. I would recommend it to anyone. I am yet to read your other books but look forward to doing just that. Please keep writing more books!
I have borrowed this book from my local library. I have not yet started reading it but after reading the blurb it sounds brilliant!
I love it
Michael Morpurgo I have to say I have never liked reading but your books are the reason why people are reading. The first book I have read of yours was shadow and that had inspired me to read books then I saw running wild and the minute my eyes saw your book I knew that I would treasure the book forever and I have.I don’t know how such a person could make such a story but you can. I can’t even describe how much I love your book.
I loved running wild as it is very energetic and you just want to read on . Amazing book!
Running wild was an absolute beauty! The author really gets under the skins of his characters to get to know them better. This book was also based on the 2004 boxing day tsunami which made me enjoy the book all the more!
I really like this book! I love Will and how he has a connection with the animals! This is my favourite book and i am doing a book report on it! Thank you for creating such an amazing book!
read this book and its absolutely amazing i personally think that it is a bit better than war horse as it is more strange and extravagent and to me sounds more personal
Well I think this book is a sad story but it one of my favourite books and the elephant saved wills life. Unfortunately his mom dies and his dad which is extremely sad.
I think it sound’s like a great book. Now I REALLY want to read it !
It is a great book
a great companionship between an elephant and the rest of the jungle and Will!
A very heart warming story!
Read every SINGLE Morpurgo!
make some more!
Just recently read this book from school a upsetting story for a young boy which is turned completely around
Amazing and adventurous . Love it. Just love it!
i read it in class it’s amazing