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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.
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?
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.
"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
|Publication date:||3rd September 2007|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||General Fiction, Animals|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
|Other Categories:||Audio Books|
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, ...More About Michael Morpurgo
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