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The elephant lifted her trunk and began trumpeting at the sea, tossing her head as if something out there terrified her. She swung around, and before the mahout could stop her, she was running towards the trees…

When Will’s mother surprises him with a trip to Indonesia, it seems just what they need to get over his father’s death. And so it is – until Ooona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins to act strangely. And that’s when the tsunami crashes in… Saved by an elephant’s instincts, lost deep in the jungle and torn away from everything he loves, now Will must find deliverance in an unusual friendship…

As sweeping as Kaspar, as gripping as Born to Run, and as moving as Adolphus Tips, this is a truly epic masterpiece from one of the nation’s greatest storytellers.

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HarperCollins Children's Books

Date published

May 27th, 2010

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AR book level: 5.7; Middle years; 10.0 points




Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller, weaving captivating stories full of drama and intensity that are coming to be regarded as true classics. Exploring the most profound subjects with a light yet powerful touch, his books tell unforgettable stories in simple, direct words.

Michael Morpurgo discovered his talent for writing while working as a teacher. “We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.”

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about 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 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.”

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  1. Clarice thumb 136

    on 19 February 2015

    Makes me feel Wild!

    5out of 5
  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 27 February 2014

    This book was amazing to read. When I got home from buying it, I read for the longest period of time that I have ever read for!

    5out of 5
  3. Percy 112876

    on 16 July 2013

    Really sad at the start but i really love the book.

    5out of 5
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    on 9 March 2013

    This book is great I could not put it down it made you go though every emotion happiness sadness it all.

  5. Pearl 113298

    on 5 March 2013

    this book is purely amazing. i have read it over and over again and i can never seem to put it down. i love this book!

  6. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2013

    I think tjis book is absolutely excellent, as it is adventorous, exciting, sometimes sad and of course at the end happy. This book is mainly about an elephant who are working together to survive in the midths of the tropical rainforest. I would give this book 3 and a half out of 5!

  7. Bellasara 113282

    on 15 July 2012

    Even though this book took me a while to read I thoroughly enjoyed it! The best thing about it was that I didn’t know what to expect next!

    5out of 5
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    on 4 March 2012

    This is lovely heart breaking book. I love it.

  9. Petula 113689

    on 3 March 2012

    very moving

  10. Dog 113532

    on 18 January 2012

    So far it’s really good!!

  11. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 19 July 2011

    This is a really great book, but sad in some ways but i enjoyed it so i hope you enjoy it to thank you !!!