Why The Whales Came
Written by Michael Morpurgo
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A terrific page-turner set during World War One in which two children befriend a man who lives alone on an island in the Isles of Scilly. As their friendship develops he tells the children of a dreaded curse that has afflicted a nearby island. Determined to find out more and to lift the curse it becomes a race against time and against all the other inahbitants of the Isles of Scilly for the children to prevent the curse from striking again. The author's ability to interweave fact and fiction into an empowering adventure is second to none.
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Why the Whales Came. Click Here to read the full reviews.
- Anna Sheridan, age 10 - 'This book was a great read. I always wanted to know what would happen next which is a sign of a very good book.'
- Oliver Shutt, age 11 - 'I think that Why the Whales Came is a very good book and I would recommend it to young readers. It also draws you into the scene and you are completely lost in time.'
Why The Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo
'You keep away from the Birdman,' warned Gracie's father. 'Keep well clear of him, you hear me now?' But Gracie and her friend Daniel discover the Birdman isn't mad or dangerous as everyone says. Yet he does warn them to stay away from the abandoned Samson Island, one of the islands that make up the Scilly Isles - he says it's cursed. And when the children are stranded on Samson by fog, Gracie returns to hear tragic news. Could the Birdman be right? The curse that struck Samson is about to strike again on Bryher, and the inhabitants seem only to be welcoming it with their greed and hatred. Together Birdman and the children stop them killing the narhwals, and turn the whales back out to sea. We know the curse is truly lifted when Gracie's father, who had been missing presumed dead after a battle, returns to the village, alive.
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