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The Wreck Of The Zanzibar

Written by Michael Morpurgo

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LoveReading View on The Wreck Of The Zanzibar

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.  


The Wreck Of The Zanzibar Synopsis

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…

The Wreck Of The Zanzibar 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...' 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405233361
Publication date: 06/08/2007
Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405233361
Publication date: 6th August 2007
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Michael Morpurgo

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 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’...

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