Written by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Michael Foreman
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Michael's parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island - and soon discovers he's not alone. Kensuke, a former Japanese soldier, survived the war and the bombing of Hiroshima, but his family perished. As an extraordinary bond forms between the two, Kensuke faces a heart-breaking choice: can he give up the secluded life he's built for himself to help reunite Michael with his parents? Knowing the pain of losing his own family, Kensuke knows which way he has to decide... Reading this book will take you through every emotion you can think of, from great joy and laughter to utter sadness and loss. At its heart is a story of friendship that will live long in your mind long after and whilst reading it you will be utterly captivated.
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Kensuke's Kingdom. Click Here to read their full reviews.
- James Goodall, age 9 - 'Kensuke's Kingdom is very atmospheric and you can imagine yourself on the island along with Michael, Stella and Kensuke. I would recommend this story to all readers either to read alone or together.'
- Sam Harper, age 9 - 'I loved Michael's adventure and the friendship which developed between Kensuke and Michael, two very different people from very different worlds. An exceptional story.'
- Olivia Campbell, age 11 - 'Michael Morpurgo creates a feeling of adventure and excitement in his book, as well as the truth of friendship. It captures the imagination and is truly a gripping story for adventure seekers.'
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone...This is from the author of the internationally acclaimed War Horse, this is a spellbinding adventure story about friendship and survival. Kensuke's Kingdom was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the FCB Award. A dazzling adventure . (The Times).
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
30th November 1999
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