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The Wreck Of The Zanzibar

Written by Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo’s name is almost synonymous with the little islands off the toe of Cornwall called The Isles of Scilly for a considerable number of his books are set there. The Wreck of the Zanzibar is no exception. Here the author, through a 14 year old girl called Laura, takes you back in time to the turn of the 20th century. It’s 1907 and through Laura’s diary we gather that life for everyone including Laura’s family is very tough on the island of Bryher. First Laura’s twin brother disappears and hardship is joined by heart ache, the milking cows die, a storm devastates everything, they’re starving to death and then a ship called the Zanzibar is wrecked. The story of how all the lives of those aboard including Laura’s long lost brother are saved on that night by the people of Bryher is tear-jerking stuff but it turns out the wreck is also the saviour of the people of Bryher. No wonder Michael Morpurgo is considered THE master storyteller for children.

Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Private Peaceful, also by Michael Morpurgo. Click Here to read the full reviews.

  • Traviss Chaytors, age 10 - 'A mixture of emotions... This book is amazing and one of my friends has already borrowed it from me! I would recommend this book to any fans of Michael Morpurgo as I think it is his best book yet!'  
  • Katie Johnson, age 9 - 'I found Private Peaceful extremely touching.  In this book you discover the lives of the soldiers who lived during the World Wars...I would give it 10 out of 10.'
  • Izzy Read, age 12 - 'a very emotive and inspiring book.'  
  • Ashley Masters, age 16 - 'Private Peaceful is a very emotive book. The book is full of jealousy, grief, joy and anger (basically all emotions). I believe that Michael Morpurgo has done a very good job of hooking the reader into the book and making them read on and on.'  
  • Emma Baird, age 11 - 'Tommo’s father died when he was younger and it’s something Tommo feels very responsible for...' 

Synopsis

The Wreck Of The Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo

Life on the Scilly Isles in 1907 is bleak and full of hardship. Laura’s twin brother, Billy, disappears and then a storm devastates everything. It seems there is little hope…that is until the sailing ship the Zanzibar is wrecked on the island’s rocks and everything changes…

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo

March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys.

Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’s Book Award 2000 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2000. His novel, Private Peaceful, a harrowing story about the First World War was published in Autumn 2003. It won the 2004 Red House Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2005. His novel Shadow about a boy from Afghanistan and the dog he befriends won the Red House Children’s Book Award, voted for by children.

Many of Michael’s books have been adapted for the stage. These include Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came and The Mozart Question, and most notably, the National Theatre’s production of War Horse which then moved to a theatre in central London. This production of Michael’s moving and powerful story of survival on the Western Front, which reached number one in the Observer’s top ten theatre performances and was also awarded the best design prize in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. This production also played in New York where it was awarded five Tony Awards. In 2012 the film adaptation of War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg, was a box office success.
Michael travels all over the UK and abroad talking to children and telling his stories and encouraging them to tell theirs.

In 1976, Michael and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children. They help to run three farms around the country, in Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and North Devon. Each farm offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week, and gain hands-on experience. For more information about the work of Farms for City Children, please visit www.farmsforcitychildren.co.uk

Michael Morpurgo lives in Devon with his wife Clare. He has three children and seven grandchildren.

Michael Morpurgo was our Guest Editor in June 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired his writing, or scroll down to see books written by Michael.

Anthony Horowitz on Michael Morpurgo:

'Michael Morpurgo is the most solid, classical of children's authors. He sits outside the series-driven blockbusters so beloved of publishers nowadays: he hasn't created a Harry Potter or an Alex Rider – and I admire him for resisting that. We are opposite sides of the same coin and, although his work has never influenced mine, I admire the eloquent, considered voice of his best books. He has an unerring moral compass – his schoolteacher past has never quite left him – and books such as War Horse and The Butterfly Lion have a strong social concience and an honesty that makes them universal.' (The Guardian)

Why not CLICK HERE to take a peek at Michael’s 10 Rules for Writing.

or Click here to read a Q&A with the author.

You can also read about his life in a new biography, War Child to War Horse, to which he has contributed seven stories - click here to find out more.

Michael is the inaugural President of the Historical Writers Association starting from Autumn 2011, (www.thehwa.co.uk) It was founded to bring social and professional support to writers of historical fiction and non-fiction, publishers, agents and booksellers, all bound both by their common interest in historical books and by the sense of community that comes from a shared obsession.

Since its creation, the Historical Writers' Association has launched a Festival of Historical Writing in association with English Heritage as part of their Festival of History at Kelmarsh in Northamptonshire.

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March 2016 was Michael Morpurgo Month - a special month-long celebration of the varied and wonderful works of Michael Morpurgo as he celebrates his 70th year and also to mark the 40th anniversary of his and his wife’s Farms for City Children charity. Each week we featured a different selection of books under the themes of Journeys, War, Legends and Animals. We invited our readers to review many of the books that featured during Michael Morpurgo month - and you can download all their reviews here.

If you like Michael Morpurgo you might also like to read books by Robert Westall, Anne Fine, Sarah Lean and Celia Rees.

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Format

Paperback
112 pages
Interest Age: From 10

Author

Michael Morpurgo
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

6th August 2007

ISBN

9781405233361

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