Michael Morpurgo Alone On A Wide Wide Sea

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

About the Author

Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came, and Kensuke's Kingdom.

Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the "poverty of experience" that many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities.

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories.

He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. "For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out - the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers." Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

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"Lyrical and moving, it is one of the former Children's Laureate's best books for years."
- Amanda Craig, * The Times *

"His best book in years... I was completely hooked."
- Kate Kellaway, * The Observer Review *

"A powerful story."
- * The Guardian Children's Books Supplement *

'Executed with Morpurgo's distinctive flair. His language remains beautifully clean and clear.'
- * Waterstone's Books Quarterly *

"[A] very satisfying read... The masterful writing makes the characters come to life on the page... I'm recommending this to adult friends as well as teenagers."
- * Books for Keeps *

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