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Running Wild

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Animals

LoveReading View on Running Wild

Winner of the Independent Booksellers' Prize 2010.  Prize-winning author Michael Morpurgo’s new novel is a towering adventure and emotional roller coaster set at the time of a great tsunami. Trying to get over his father’s death, Will and his mother travel to Indonesia for a trip of a life time. For his Christmas present, Will is given a ride on an elephant. Elephants are his favourite animals and when Will sets off on Oona’s back he feels like a king. But then Oona begins to act strangely and soon she and Will are fighting for their lives as the great tsunami comes crashing in. ~ Julia Eccleshare



Running Wild Synopsis

An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the bestselling author of Kaspar and Born to Run. When 10-year-old Will's father dies in the Iraq war, his mother surprises him with a trip to Indonesia. But little could she have known what awaited them both there. The first Will knows that anything is wrong is when Oona, the elephant he is riding along the beach, begins to spook. Then, suddenly, she takes off into the jungle with Will on her back. And that's when Will sees the wave come crashing in! With his mother almost certainly drowned, with nothing to cling onto but an elephant and nothing to help him but the clothes on his back, Will faces a terrifying future. But maybe the jungle , and Oona the elephant, can help him!

Running Wild Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Running WildClick Here to read the full reviews.

  • Alexander Bisland, age 8 - 'Make sure you have a box of tissues ready! I give it 10/10 although it is a real heartbreaker!'
  • Elspeth Paterson, age 9 - 'I enjoyed the book, the events make my heart “run wild”. However I  found the circumstances surrounding the main events a bit too sad for me.'
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'When a tsunami hits, Will finds himself alone in the jungle with only Oona the elephant to help him.  Can Will survive or will he perish alone in the darkness of the jungle?'
  • Hannah C, age 11 - 'This is a very good book...You should read it!'
  • Lily B, age 11 - 'This book is amazing and very moving! I love it and recommend it to everyone!'
  • Hannah S, age 11 - 'Wow this book is amazing! One of the best books I've ever read!'  
  • Tom Edwards, age 11 - 'A great plot and description throughout, this will surely be among the greatest children’s books ever written...This is one of the best books I have ever read and I hope you will love it as much as I do.'  

Running Wild Press Reviews


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780007267026
Publication date: 27/05/2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007267019
Publication date: 24/08/2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007267026
Publication date: 27th May 2010
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, 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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