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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I think this book is amazing. I think its one of the best. But War Horse is the best. I love ho the elephant is always there for Will.
stacie emery says:
i think that this is a good book and a lovley setting to it and i have read this 1000 times and i havnt got bored!
Wow, this the most beautiful book I have ever read! Definitely Morpurgo’s best. It made me almost cry. It was one of those books you just cant put down. THANKS.
Ella (11) says:
I have read this book so many times I have lost count. It is my favourite book and always makes me cry. I think I will love this book forever, as it is so amazing.
Amazing book. I couldn’t put it down! Everyone should read it.
I think this is the best book you’ve made so far. Keep on writting!
I loved Oonna and her love and protection for Will. Great story! I’ve just discovered Michael Morpurgo at my school’s junior campus where l work. I’ve read 4 of his books now and have loved them all! I have a new found love for elephants and l’m reading Elephant in the Garden now.
Thanks Michael, your’re the best story teller ever and l adore Charles Dickens so this a real compliment. l hope you enjoy.
I am about to read it and I know it will break my heart but I will read it
My favourite book, its beautiful it just shows how amazing animals are! Also that this is based on a true story, I just can’t stop thinking about it, I’m really upset that I have finished this book I just wanted it to go on forever! It’s so moving and has taught me a lot. I absolutely love this book and recomand it to everyone I know! I love all of Michael mopurgos books but this is by far the best!
Ms. Goetz says:
I am reading this book to my Year 4 class and they are really loving it. They are always begging me to read to them! We have done some research and reports on elephants. My students enjoy learning about the animals in the jungle. Wills adventures are very exciting. It is such an amzaing story of survival.
amber lee says:
The most powerful book I have ever read.
Oliver Hillman says:
An absolutely lovely story. I loved how Oona was always there for Will, she seemed to know what he was feeling and how to help him. This was the seventh of yours I have read, just can’t wait to read the eighth!
Best book ever made.
i woke up in the middle of the night reading it.
Great book.Anyone would enjoy this.
Eleanor Neill says:
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 .
I felt like i was running wild when i read this super cool book
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 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
one of the very best: sad at the start,exciting in the middle,relieving at the end
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