Born to Run

A moving story of joy and heartbreak from former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he keeps a special one: Best Mate. Best Mate can run like a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. But then he is kidnapped and turned into a champion racer. He’s safe as long as he can keep on winning. But what will happen when Best Mate can’t run any more? In this unstoppable story of friendship, injustice, destiny and change, champion author Michael Morpurgo tells an animal story to melt every human heart.

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  • okay

    I got this book a while ago now, and when I first got it, I loved it! Michael Morpurgo became my favourite author, and I read all his books. Now I have really got bored of him. I re-read born to run recently, and it was not very enjoyable, maybe because I’m older now.

    8 October 2014

  • This is a heart warming story about a dog and its three friends Patrick, Becky and Joe. After being rescued from the canal as a pup to wandering the streets homeless, Best Friend/ Brighteyes/Paddywack has seen it all. Read this book and join this incredible greyhound in its many lives.

    17 July 2014


    8 March 2013

  • the rescue of the dogs is my favourite book this book is so heart breaking.

    8 March 2013

  • loved it

    A very heartwarming and sad story!! From the moment Patric saves Best Mate and the other puppies from the canal I realized that this was going to be a sad story, a unforgettable story, a story once read always loved!!

    This such a wonderful book I would recommend it to anyone!!

    7 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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