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Born To Run

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on Born To Run

This is a novel that will really pull on the heartstrings and one that will stick in your mind long after you’ve finished it.  But rest assured, anyone who has a love of animals will warm to this story of a greyhound and its many owners.



Born To Run Synopsis

Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life -- and from owner to owner! "The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning." When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can't bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn't he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep -- only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face! Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that's what he becomes. Patrick's favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer's step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes.But what will happen when he can't run any more?

Born To Run Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Born to Run.  You can read their reviews below. Click Here to read the full reviews.

  • Evie Aconley, age 7 - 'A good book which is a little sad at times, with an unexpected ending.'
  • Rosa Boran, age 13 - 'This has been one of the best books I have read all year. The story had me swept up and bought on a journey, where I cried, laughed and smiled. Michael brought it to life, just as he always does.'  
  • Matilda Greenacre, age 7 - 'This is a really interesting book. The story follows the dog from being rescued from the canal to kidnapped, to finding a permanent home.'  
  • Sam Harper, age 9 - 'I found myself really feeling for the characters and thinking about the story long after I had finished reading it.  It was exciting, heart-warming and sad.  A great read.'
  • Izzy Read, age 12 - 'It was so captivating...I really recommend this, even if you don’t enjoy reading!'

Born To Run Press Reviews

"a succinctly engaging tear-jerker, it is also full of happiness and affection and has a joyful ending! It is also about people who care enough to look after each other, offering a lesson in life as well as history." Sunday Times

"From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller." Guardian

"As always, Morpurgo writes with solid confidence in a voice that's gentle yet spellbinding." The Evening Standard

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ISBN: 9780007230594
Publication date: 03/09/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007230594
Publication date: 3rd September 2007
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Animals
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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