Running Wild

“The elephant lifted her trunk and began trumpeting at the sea, tossing her head as if something out there terrified her. She swung around, and before the mahout could stop her, she was running towards the trees…”

When Will’s mother surprises him with a trip to Indonesia, it seems just what they need to get over his father’s death. And so it is – until Ooona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins to act strangely. And that’s when the tsunami crashes in… Saved by an elephant’s instincts, lost deep in the jungle and torn away from everything he loves, now Will must find deliverance in an unusual friendship.

As sweeping as Kaspar, as gripping as Born to Run, and as moving as Adolphus Tips, this is a truly epic masterpiece from the nation’s greatest storyteller.

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  • loved it

    This book made my spine tingle! I couldn’t put it down and have read it several times! Well done. Michael Morpurgo, a wonderful read as always!!

    7 March 2014

  • loved it

    This book is the best! It has the most amazing description and I simply couldn’t put it down! :)

    1 September 2013

  • This book is great I could not put it down it made you go though every emotion happiness sadness it all.

    9 March 2013

  • this author created great books

    8 March 2013

  • This my favourite Michael Morpurgo book by quite a bit. It isn’t about war- which is great if you don’t like reading about war. I loved the subject- something I hadn’t read much about before. I loved the connection with animals and found it fascinating. Good read (:

    4 March 2013

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    Michael Morpurgo

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.


    Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.

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