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The Wreck of the Zanzibar Award-winning

by Michael Morpurgo (author)

Suitable for 9 - 10 years

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Rated 4/5 from 11 ratings

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Product description

Life on the Scilly Isles in 1907 is bleak and full of hardship. First Laura’s twin brother Billy disappears. Then a terrible storm devastates everything. Faced with starvation, Laura and her family will need a miracle to survive. Just as it seems there’s no hope left, the great ship Zanzibar is wrecked on the island’s rocks. Suddenly everything changes, transforming Laura’s life… and the life of a boy many years in the future. From star author Michael Morpurgo, this sea-swept tale of shipwrecks, storms and sea journeys is a must for any adventure-lover!

Also available: Read and Respond activities to accompany The Wreck of the Zanzibar.

Product Details

Catalogue number

6985 in Primary Schools Catalogue 2019/20 and 9396 in Primary Education Catalogue 2020






Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

August 6th, 2007

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.1; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 112 pages


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Michael Morpurgo


  1. Polly
    on 30 January 2015


    Very good

    5out of 5

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  1. Avatar lion 761782

    on 20 October 2014

    great. 10/10

  2. Love stargirl 113412

    on 9 March 2014

    This book was ok

    3out of 5
  3. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 7 March 2014

    I remember reading this book a few years ago, and it seems as if i still remember every page so clearly!

    5out of 5
  4. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    This book is awesome! I love how the author makes the story come alive in your head.

  5. Avatar owl 761790

    on 29 July 2013

    I read it it was quite good

    2out of 5
  6. Bellasara 113282

    on 27 May 2013


    4out of 5
  7. Abigail 113288

    on 27 April 2013

    I thought this book was one of the best books I have read so far in my life. Michael Morpurgo books are all so good

    5out of 5
  8. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2013

    After food is going short, Laura’s brother leaves on a ship- the Zanzibar. To make things worse, the ship disappears and nobody knows if the people on it are alive or dead. Laura and her family and friends are getting hungrier. Will everything be okay? I loved this book. It had Michael Morpurgo’s natural fun and quality, and, as many will agree, was an amazing book.

    5out of 5
  9. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 December 2012

    I think this book is a great read and is sad at some parts, but is worth reading

  10. Default avatar

    on 29 June 2012

    I like this book but its very boring in places. Overall its ok.

    3out of 5
  11. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 10 April 2012

    i read this book in school with my class and it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Evie 113313

    on 3 March 2012

    I thought that this book was amazing and it gets 11/10 from me. If you like adventure you will love this book. AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  13. Ef owl thumb 8

    on 1 March 2012

    I loved this book, I thought Billy would never come back- what a lucky day for them, cows in the zanzibar, timber, to fix granny may’s roof! Everything turned out great, the style of the person reading the diary was effective and I enjoyed reading it. Great and very discriptive, one of the most enjoyable bookks I have expeirianced reading!

    5out of 5
  14. Evie 113313

    on 25 February 2012


    5out of 5
  15. Clarice thumb 136

    on 29 January 2012

    Awesome! I love turtles!

    5out of 5
  16. Avatar bat 761713

    on 7 January 2012

    awesome!!!! loved it!!!

    5out of 5
  17. Monkey 113537

    on 23 May 2011

    i have just finished reading it as a school novel but it wasnt really for me. it is filled with saddnes but not very exiciting it is about a girl called laura and her brother moves away and laura misses him sooo much but he does come back but all through the book it is all about the same thing which is why i dont really like it but kaspar the prine of cats is another book writrten by michael murpurgo and it is amazing!!!! you have to read it!!!!

  18. Clarice thumb 136

    on 15 May 2011

    Read it in school as a class novel. One of Morpurgos best but not really five-star. Full of adventure and sorrow.You should read it. For any gender.

  19. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    I’ve just finished this book at school and in the near future I would like to read it again it is a fabulous book filled with love,fear and help.I would say 100 out of 100 in this but I think Laura was put through a lot.xxx

  20. Avatar cleopatra 761742

    on 20 February 2011

    It great. I loved it , it was very exciting and addictive!!

  21. Bellasara 113282

    on 30 July 2010

    Hi This book is an amazing diary entry from Michael’s (character)Great Aunt Laura’s life journey. From Kim Rawlings Michael Morpurgo Super Fan

  22. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 20 January 2010

    See back 100years at zanzibar to the great wreckage, read the diary of the old nanny, get your imagination flowing, I ratethis book 10/10

    5out of 5
  23. Bellasara 113282

    on 6 October 2009

    this is a good book i think everyone would like it

    5out of 5
  24. Default avatar

    on 6 June 2009

    This story is excellent. The characters are excellent – everything about it is excellent. Another 5/5 for Michael Morpurgo!

    5out of 5
  25. Petula 113689

    on 19 May 2009

    Soooooooooooooooooo good, very exciting

    5out of 5
  26. Love stargirl 113412

    on 17 April 2009

    the book is so touching i just love michael morpurgo and i once tripped him up on the ilse of scilly’s (whoops!!!)

    5out of 5
  27. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 25 December 2008

    A really great book. Shows the charictors emotions amazingly, very touching.