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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  2,158 ratings  ·  162 reviews
How far would you go to find yourself? This is the lyrical, life-affirming new novel from Michael Morpurgo.
When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after World War II he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But Arthur
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published September 4th 2006)
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Every time I read Michael Morpugo's books it always made me feel like there is a hole inside my heart. It always left me thinking about my own life.

He is indeed a storyteller. He writes it simply from his heart, it feel like the book is talking to it's reader. The words is simple and his book is great for children. I cry and thinking deeply of his words.

What I like the most of this book is it's seem so real. He writes from two perspective that is the father who once is only a little boy and ano

This was the first book i ever remember loving. I read it when i was ten and up until I was 13 (when i read the hunger games) it was my faveourite book. Its what really got me into books, i alwaysliked reading but i didnt realise until then i could fall in love with characters, care about their journies as much as my own-sometimes even more so- hate their enemies, love their friends. It was a truly amazing book.
I loved it because it started from the start. It started when Arthur and Marty were
Lucy Cokes
WARNING: I am going to be totally biased with this author because, well, I love him so very, very much.

I picked up Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea from my shelves yesterday. I chose to read it because I wanted to read it, and it wasn't one of my obligatory books.

I had looked at it in the shops, seen the diagrams of boats, the maps - this immeadiately appealed to me. And that fact that it's written by one of my favourite authors of all time helped, too.

The book was in itself amazing, truly inspiring. I
Anne Hamilton
Wonderful, wonderful book!

So why have I only given it three stars? Why did I debate with myself whether I'd give it less?

Well, because it can't make up its mind whether it's a book for kids, for adults or for young adults. As an adult I love it, as a kid I would have hated it and I'm not sure what I'd have thought of it as a teenager. Probably been baffled by it.

Arthur Hobhouse is re-telling the story of his childhood. That's the kid's part and although it's grim reading in parts (being based on
Alone on a Wide Wide sea is about a boy, an orphan, named Arthur, who his separated from his sister when he is only a very small child. The book is very peculiar because Michael Morpurgo has made the character go into the future. He talks a bit about his childhood and then jumps into adulthood.

Arthur, a young orphan is cast on a ship during WW2 which brings him in a place he has never been to before. Australia. Far far away from his long lost sister in England which he has never see before. She
May 13, 2010 IGS rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone it is very universal
Shelves: 3rd-term
Being alone can be very scary. But having a guardian spirit to guide you can be uplifting. But killing the your liberator can sink you so low that you want to flip your boat and let the north atlantic swallow you and take your soul. Arthur Hobbhouse has never had a home so he thought that Australia could be a new start. Child labour is never fun so escape s the only option. A wildlife reserve is a great place to live because you can be as free as they are. Building models was a hobby now it is a ...more
This book has just about everything in it: a great gripping plot, wide sea adventures, lots of heartbreak and drama, and a happy ending too. It is a story about slavery, oppression and death, but also about courage and determination, self-belief, loyalty and devotion. Towards the middle of the book I found myself sobbing a little, and was literally drowned in tears at the last page. Absolutely enjoyed this amazing and heart-warming book from beginningto end. Looking forward to reading Morpurgo's ...more
I love love love this book, I read it when I was younger and decided to pick it up again and was so glad I did, unlike some things you revisit from childhood this didn't disappoint, this book has everything, adventure, the sea, love, loss, animals, literally everything, only morpurgo can put so much into a plot, which would make it unbelievable if someone else was writing it besides him, but it really works, it's both real and out there and teaches you to dream. The relationship between Arthur h ...more
Fadzai Matizanadzo
Arthur was orphaned in World War II in Britain. He was separated from his only sister, Kitty that he knew as his only blood relative and sent to Australia. They travelled on a ship together with other orphaned children and children from broken homes, both boys and girls. They were made to live and work on a farm of a very cruel man called Piggy Bacon. They worked for nothing doing all sorts of work done on a farm and were treated like slaves. Arthur became friends with another boy called Marty. ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Sally rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a sentimental sea type novel
Recommended to Sally by: by reading others by the same author
Shelves: charity-buys
this book is wonderful. It tells a story of Arthur Hobhouse and his life. Told through him and his daughter.

It is a sentimental book aimed I would say at older children 12+ I have laughed and cried while reading it. This is because the way that Morpurgo writes is so beautifull that it moves you.

I did get a bit bored half way through the bk. I guess that either I wasnt reading fast enough or the bk was just moving on too slowly for my liking.
Katy Noyes
I'm running out of ways of describing Morpurgo's books this year! Read quite a few, each one moving and impossible to put down.

This is a fascinating story from the times we sent children over to Australia, for being born out of wedlock, for having no parents, by themselves to a new country. Arthur is one such orphan in 1947, separated from sister Kitty, left only with her 'lucky key' as he travels across the ocean. He tells this story looking back decades later at the terrible years brutalised a
My first Micheal Morpurgo book, and it's AMAZING

Arthur Hobhouse is separated from his only sister in the WWII at the age of six, he is sent to Australia on a ship with dozens of other orphans around his age, he meets up with Marty a ten year old boy, and they will both turn into bestfriends \ brothers.

Both Arthur and Marty become part of the other children who are NOT going to have adopted parents, and they get sent to a Home in which they will live with a very Bad and Evil man.

the Journey conti
Michael Morpurgo just cant disappoint. This is another beautifully written book, it tells the story of Arthur Hobhouse who is taken as a young orphaned boy on a ship to a new life in Australia. Instead of the promised new loving family the bus load of boys that Arthur is put with after getting off the ship are taken to a working farm and are treated as slaves by 'piggy' bacon the strict religious owner who rules the boys with fear and a whip. and so begins Arthurs life in Australia, all he has o ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Ezamoosh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12+
Recommended to Ezamoosh by: 12+
Truly a binding tale, I have laughed and cried at this and I will never forget the journey I had reading it. It now brings tears to my eyes thinking of Henry the Wombat or Aunty Megs. I'm sure that I pray for Arthur up there every day now, though I know no such person exists.
In Alone On A Wide Wide Sea an adventurous historical fiction book creatively constructed by Michael Morpurgo. The first part takes place during WWII a young boy, Arthur, finds himself on a boat towards Australia with many orphans like him. The only memory Arthur has left of his family is a small key that his sister gave to him; he calls it is lucky key. With ship bullies and a horrible case of seasickness his trip isn't the best, he does, however, he does meet Marty. Arriving in this new countr ...more
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea is an extraordinary story of the orphaned children in World War 2.
Arthur Hobhouse is separated from his sister and shipped away to Australia from England. The only thing he has is the key his sister Kitty gave him before they were torn apart.
On the boat, he meets Marty, and they form an unbreakable friendship.
The boys are sent to work on a brutal farm run by Mr "Piggy" Bacon.
Arthur and Marty decide to run away together, and are luckily saved by the aboriginals. They
Mar 16, 2010 Chloe rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Chloe by: Nobody
This book is amazing, one of the best books ive ever read,It makes you cry but its worth it. £5.99 i think, sorry if im wrong. i recomend this book whole-heartedly. michael morpurgo Amazing.
Maratónicamente leído. Aún así, mi favorito hasta ahora de Morpurgo, tal vez porque es menos una historia de chicos y más de familia, de viajes, de la inmensidad. Me encanta la red de referencias dentro dle mismo libro que arma el autor. Es decir, muchos lo hacen (y él mismo lo logró en otros de sus libros) pero las conexiones dentro de éste (view spoiler)me mataron de ternura. Un libro que, a pesar ...more
Bella Bonner-Evans
BRILLIANT i laughed i cryed but i enjoyed evey second of it 2 the fullest i have never read a book so fabulosly written!!!!!!!!!
Feb 23, 2008 Rebekah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Rebekah by: Harriet
This book is absouloutly AMAZING. I'd recommend this book to everyone.
Made me cry lots though :'(
Such an amazing book. This is one of the first books I ever cried reading.
Corrine Zahra
When I read Alone on A Wide Wide Sea, I had my exams. I had to study, unfortunately though I couldn't help but read it while I was supposed to study. And it was totally worth it!

Alone on A Wide Wide Sea is based on the story of a young boy from England who travels to Australia with a bunch of other boys that are all orphans. He goes through so many things whilst growing up. It's heart breaking but a good read. I loved every moment of this book. In the end, of the first part the boy is old and ha
Really great and refreshing <3
Emily Richards
Better than a lot of 'adult' books, Morpurgo writes with such ease and grace. Alone on a Wide Wide Sea interweaves the life story of Arthur Hobhouse and the fruitful beginnings of his daughter's, little Allie.

Arthur's lucky key serves them both well and the recurrent theme of the 'London Bridge is Falling Down' tune dances through the tale as Arthur escapes the miserable orphanage and Allie is kept safe at sea. Both have epic adventures and their passion for boats and sailing brings about the c
A lovely story about life and hope.

Arthur isn’t entirely convinced that he hasn’t made up the memory of his sister, but with a key round his neck he has hope. When he makes best-friends with another boy on the boat to Australia the pair find themselves on a bus full of boys driving through a new world full of wonder. Where they end up however turns out to be more of a hell. The boys help each other through though and as time passes their anger grows enough to give them the courage to do somethin
Read this because Silvester recommended it. He says it's the only book that's ever made him cry, and since he's pretty hard nosed and unflappable, as nine year olds tend to be, I was intrigued. I'm much older and more sentimental, and I cried pretty much all the way through.

I tried listening to it as an audiobook and that didn't work at all. I just hate audiobooks, and every attempt to listen to a book so far has ended in failure. I got about halfway through, gave up and bought the kindle editi
Hwee Goh
"So I got an albatross and an astronaut all in one day. Not bad eh?" -- Allie Hobhouse in Alone on a Wide Wide Sea.

The albatross and the astronaut are just two of the eye-opening elements of this book that will just blow you away.

As with the lines from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, this book culminates in a long journey alone on the wide wide sea. It relates the fictitious journeys of a man who was sent to Australia as a 6 year-old orphan, and later on his daughter who makes the lone journe
Sean Chou
I liked the book because it had a very exciting adventure in it. The book tells a story of a young boy in WW2 being cast away to Australia. He does not know of his past life and tries to figure it out. The most of what I liked in this book is when Arthur, - the boy escapes fro his guardian. What I disliked about this book is when Marty, his friend suddenly dies. It made my heart cry and felt very miserable. The book mostly made me think of the sadness people endured in wars, such as WW2. It made ...more
Michele Velthuizen
Interest level: 7th +
Reading level: medium
Genre: realistic fiction, historical fiction, adventure, WWII, World War II, orphans, Australia, sailing, trial by fire

I am never disappointed when I pick up one of Michael Morpurgo's books - somehow his stories always stay with me for a long time. "Alone on a Wide, Wide, Sea"was no different.

This book is really two stories, although directly connected. The first one revolves around the life of Arthur Hobhouse, a boy who is separated at a young age from
Anthony Burt
A beautifully written, intricate and yet epic children's novel from the amazing storyteller Michael Morpurgo. About two brothers who are shipped off to Australia to live, this life-spanning story fllows their coming-of-age years in a horrible orphanage in the middle of the Outback, to their escape, their adventures afterwards and how - eventually - the main character's daughter does sail across the world to discover her father's lost sister.

There are times when the story drones on a bit and gets
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Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to ...more
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