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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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
it is a brilliant book with a great ending!
An incredible book. Read it over and over again. Would recommend this book to every one.
My favourite book by far, one of his best. I love the characters and storyline, although the hunters are rather cruel. It’s also so inspirational because due to his writing my 5 year old sister has written her first long story. THANK YOU xox
one of the very best: sad at the start,exciting in the middle,relieving at the end
I am the biggest fan ever I think I read all your book ever but this is the best I love your writing michael and I just want to say thank you for all your amazing books love
It is a heart warming story of the survival of a boy called Will and and elephant who saved him from a sunami it’s the best book I have ever read in my life I love how michale explains about the experiences will goes through and how he is felling I just love it .
I felt like i was running wild when i read this super cool book
I love running wild I’ve read cool , toro toro , private peaceful , dancing bear , war horse , shadows , when the whales came , a long way home , and the wreck of the Zanzibar , all from micheal morpurgo and they all are great .
Great book.Anyone would enjoy this.
Best book ever made.
i woke up in the middle of the night reading it.