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Description - Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo

How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful and War Horse.

There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye...

That is all I remember of England.

When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie - a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?

I was there on the quayside to see Allie take her out for the first time, saw her dancing through the waves, and I knew I'd never built a finer boat.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007230587
ISBN-10: 0007230583
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 4-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo - Reviewed by (25 Nov 2011)

Alone on a Wide Wide sea is one of the few of Michael Morpurgo's books that I have read, that is set for an older age group; they are usually aimed at middle grade readers, but Alone on a Wide Wide sea is a powerful, sad, deaperate call to Young Adults and Adults alike. It is an amazing and tearful at times, story of a boy torn from his family and bought to Australia, where he see's terror and hate in the eyes of Mr. Bacon, the man who is using the boys as slaves on his farm, a place they are supposed to be safe on, but are treated like dirt.

Definitely only for YA + and a suberb read!

Author Biography - Michael Morpurgo

Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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