HarperCollins Children’s Books are delighted to unveil Michael Morpurgo’s major new fiction title for Autumn 2019 – Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver.
Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver is stunning and timely story of adventure, the power of rescue, and humanity’s infinite capacity for good – even when those humans are very small indeed. A thrilling high-sea adventure inspired by the classic story of Gulliver’s Travels, it is also a gripping modern narrative about the need for cooperation and refuge, and the importance of kindness to strangers.
The story depicts the heart-stopping plight of Omar, a young 12- year-old boy fleeing his home. War has forced Omar and his mother to leave Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe, to safety. When their boat sinks and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end. But it is only just beginning…
Morpurgo said, on writing Boy Giant: Son of Gulliver “What’s in a name? Boy Giant, Tiny, Son of Gulliver, Owzat. Omar is all of these. Omar, a young refugee from Afghanistan, is washed up half-dead on the shores of Lilliput, where he finds himself a giant amongst all the little Lilliputians who find him and care for him. They think he is Gulliver, a hero to all of them, because they all know the story of how Gulliver saved Lilliput hundreds of years before. It is an island paradise where kindness and goodwill rule, where strangers are welcomed in. But, as Omar will discover, it is a paradise under threat.”
Boy Giant will publish in hardback (12.99) on 19th September 2019, as well as in e-book and audio book formats.