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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Written by Michael Morpurgo

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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea Review

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A touching and tender story about an unusual childhood. Arthur is shipped off to Australia as a six year old orphan during World War Two. He suffers physical and emotional hardship as well as some rarer moments of kindness and compassion during a roller coaster of a childhood which he narrates simply and without being too judgemental.

Unsurprisingly, his adult life is chaotic and only his love of the sailing holds him together and which ultimately links him up with his long lost sister.



Alone on a Wide Wide Sea Synopsis

How far would you go to find yourself? When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII, he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But, Arthur is saved, again and again, by his love of the sea.

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea Reader Reviews

A review from Josh Hall, age 13

Well worth reading!

Arthur is orphaned during WWII and he and his sister are separated, sent to opposite ends of the world. He is put to work on a farm owned by brutal people but does find a family eventually. 

Decades later, Arthur's daughter, Allie, sets out in a yacht to try and find her aunt, Arthur's long lost sister, who lives in England.

How far is she prepared to go to find her and will they eventually find each other?

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea Press Reviews

“Lyrical and moving, it is one of the former Children’s Laureate’s best books for years.” Amanda Craig, The Times

“Executed with Morpurgo’s distinctive flair. His language remains beautifully clean and clear.” Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

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ISBN: 9780007230587
Publication date: 04/09/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007230587
Publication date: 4th September 2006
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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