Why the Whales Came

Age: 9+

Published: February 2007

ISBN: 9781405229258

Format: Paperback

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  • Ebook: 9781780311517
A Michael Morpurgo Month Pick!

“The Birdman puts spells on people. We mustn’t talk to him. We’re not supposed to.”

Gracie and Daniel have been warned to stay away from the mad Birdman- but the message in the sand tells them that the Birdman isn’t what he seems.
Then they get lost in the fog and stranded on Samson Island. Should they believe the Birdman’s story that the island is cursed?

“It reminds me of the islands in Scotland I have been to. It was so mysterious and easy to make connections with the characters. It was if you were there with Michael whilst he was writing it!” Jess, Nation’s Favourite Morpurgo Vote

From Shadow to Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy to Why the Whales Came, Michael Morpurgo talks about the theme of war in his books

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My class and me are reading this book, but we didn’t finished it yet. This book is good. Dear Michael Morpurgo, you have very good ideas for your books! I can’t wait to read your latest book.

I found this book to be one of the most descriptive ever wrote by Michael.
Highly Reccommened

i absolutely love this book. i do not have a favourite michael morpurgo book, but i did love this one. the plot and charecters are truly amazing and i would reccomend it to anyone who loves a good mystery book. i hope that anyone that reads it likes it too!

love it

i really liked this book….better than i expected. i reccomend this book to everyone, simply awesome.

I think this book is a really good idea. It sort of has a message that nobody is as it may seem. It has a bit of mystery, and I love mystery books such as the three investigators, and a bit of a cliff-hanger without stopping, when all the villagers on the island lift the whales back into the sea, so if you like elements of lots of types (the fantasy is the unicorn horn) i would recommend it.

This is a great book full of adventure and you are always wondering what will come next. and 10/10 thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing this.

Very good book I would recommend it to any one!

Michael we r read and learn about u and this book

I have not read this book but it sound like a really good book. My friend loves reading and reccomends this book so I am going to get a copy and read it myself. I have read many of his books and they are really good so thank you micheal morpurgo for writing such magnificent books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is an amazing adventure book for children 9+. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 9…even adults!!!!

I love Why the Whales Came! We are reading it at school for guided reading. We haven’t yet finished it but it is brilliant so far. It is so descriptive and you always feel what the characters feel he has written so well. I really recommend to anyone who likes reading stories about real life situations! I hope you like it - I do!

I loved this book. 10/10. He obvoiusly put a lotof thought into this whole thing. Would definitly reccomend it!

I loved this book! Its thrilling, epic and you dont know what will happen next!
I read this a long time ago and it made a big impression on me.
Having read this book several times over a period of 2 years, i believe this is one of the most well thought, heart touching books i have ever read. Not only does Michael Morpurgo use everyday things such as animals or the weather to bring out the general mood, he also ensures that the reader feels asif they are actually within the book as one of the characters themselves. I am only 12 and recommend this book to anyone 10 or over. Great book.
I love this story, I read it as a child after visiting the Isles of Scilly and have returned to the story too many times to count. I now have my own two children and can't wait to share it with them.
I loved it when my sister read this book to me at bedtime. I really liked the bit when they were stranded on Sampson Island because it was dark and they could not find water. I really remember the bit when they rolled the whales back into the water. This is my first Michael Morpurgo story and I loved it. I can't wait to listen to some more stories.
Looking at this list I'm reminded how much Michael Morpurgo accompanied my childhood. It was a tough call but I remember this book moving me and leaving a lasting impression. Every child should have a Morpurgo library.
I loved reading this book! It is just about THE best book I have ever read! But then again I love all michael morpurgo books! i would recomend it to anyone! 10/10 :D