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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  3,154 Ratings  ·  238 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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published September 4th 2006)
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Liza Perrat
Apr 08, 2016 Liza Perrat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly moving, powerful and compelling story from the talented Michael Morpurgo, Alone on a Wide Wide Sea is based on the harrowing scandal of the Child Migration Scheme of the mid-nineteenth century, where thousands of children were shipped to Australia, mainly to solve the problem of overcrowding in British orphanages.

Orphaned during WW11, six-year old Arthur Hobhouse is separated from his sister, Kitty, when he is sent on a horrendous voyage to Australia in 1947, losing not only his bi
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Fariza
May 11, 2011 Fariza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-novel
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
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The Book Queen
I really don't understand all the Michael Morpurgo love. I HATE his books. Hate them with a passion. I've read this one and Kensuke's Kingdom, and both of them were horribly boring, the writing style is nothing special, and they're just plain depressing. I genuinely think Morpurgo is physically incapable of writing anything cheerful, and it's very, very irritating.
Fiona
Aug 15, 2012 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Lucy Cokes
Nov 27, 2010 Lucy Cokes rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Samantha Jones
May 15, 2016 Samantha Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just... wow. There was an incredible journey through this book.
7 years ago this book was given to me on my birthday, and for 7 years I always looked at it on my shelf and thought, 'I'll read it soon.' Gosh, I wish I had read it sooner!
I don't think I've ever been interested in a book where one persons whole life is written on 300 pages but I'm so glad I gave it a go, so many of my own morals and my attitude towards my own life has changed ultimately due to this book.

Oh yeah, also my tear ducts a
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Yulia
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 beginning to end. Looking forward to reading Morpurgo' ...more
Mary Campbell
Apr 01, 2017 Mary Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing
Celia
Dec 13, 2011 Celia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Prisha Kapur
May 31, 2015 Prisha Kapur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished reading this book, and I have to say it was worth every minute. This book never left me bored, and always left me wanting more. The whole story and the entire basis of the novel was very interesting to me. When the narrator, Arthur Hobhouse described his first adventure out on the sea, I though that was it. I though that his journey from England to Australia was the reason behind the title "Alone on a Wide Wide Sea". But no. It took a little time in the novel, but Morpurgo fou ...more
Katherine
Nov 30, 2014 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Fred
Feb 12, 2017 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this on audiobook two years ago. Oh my god, I love it I love it I love it. An incredible story: you can't beat it!
IGS
Apr 13, 2010 IGS rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Ian Tymms
There are so many layers to this book. Morpurgo twists together Coleridge's "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" with the stories of a father and daughter. The tragedy of the transportation of thousands of orphaned children from England to Australia post WWII forms one twist to the tale: a young girl sailing alone from Australia to England forms another. Morpurgo's genius is to find in this patchwork of stories a grand design that doesn't just tie them together, it takes the novel to a whole new level ...more
Kuga
Dec 17, 2013 Kuga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good for those who like realistic books, I read this book on a long road trip and I cried half way there. It is a really emotional book and really links to history like every other book written by Michael morpurgo, but it is really interesting — nothing like my history lessons. I
For me it was kind of addictive because it's as if it catches my mind and made me feel as if I was actually in the book.
I would recommend this to many people
Sally
Sep 27, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
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.
Cassandra Kay Silva
It's difficult to figure out what audience this is for. I am pretty sure this is a young adult book, the writing was too plain to be for an adult and the themes too mature for a young audience. I really enjoyed the first half but the second part with the emails really bored me. I liked the overall story and could see why it is really loved but its not my taste.
Ezamoosh
Oct 24, 2010 Ezamoosh rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Rebekah
Jan 17, 2008 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  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 :'(
Bella Bonner-Evans
Feb 19, 2008 Bella Bonner-Evans rated it it was amazing
BRILLIANT i laughed i cryed but i enjoyed evey second of it 2 the fullest i have never read a book so fabulosly written!!!!!!!!!
Zainab
Dec 22, 2012 Zainab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great and refreshing <3
Chloe
Mar 16, 2010 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Rosie
Jun 03, 2010 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2007
Such an amazing book. This is one of the first books I ever cried reading.
Mathis Kruger
Mar 22, 2015 Mathis Kruger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sunday 22nd of March, 2015

Author Hobhouse is a young boy who has to face a life or death journey through despicable situations. Author is only six and doesn’t know who his parents are, and is only left with a mysterious key and memory of his sister. “But I felt that just so long as I had Kitty’s key, it would be lucky for me, and I would be all right” (Morpurgo 16). Author’s only memory is when he is take away on a boat to Australia, there Author wonders where his parents are and most of all why
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Ash Prescott
Mar 13, 2017 Ash Prescott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
killer! emotions!
Lincoln
Feb 06, 2017 Lincoln rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur a young orphan who get's split with his family because of WW2, so young Arthur gets sent on a Journey on a boat to Australia from England. This story shows how Arthur goes through the toughest times, but still pushes on. He lives on a farm with some of the orphans that were on the same boat as him. Will Arthur's luck turn around, Will he ever meet his sister again. This is a great book for people who like a bit of history, Adventure, and fiction.
Mariann
Viimati Tallinna Keskraamatukogu võõrkeelse kirjanduse osakonnas käies mõtlesin mõne raamatu valida järelejäänud väljakutse teemade järgi ning nii tuligi minuga kaasa Michael Morpurgo romaan "Alone on a Wide Wide Sea". Eeldasin, et kogu tegevus toimub merel, kuid reaalne lainetel seilamine oli vaid alguses ja lõpus.

Arthur kaotas II maailmasõjas oma vanemad ning saadeti koos tosinate teiste orbudega pikale merereisile Inglismaalt Austraaliasse. Kodumaale jäi maha õde Kitty ning kõik, mida poiss
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Sarah Sammis
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo for the longest while had the honor of being the second book on my wishlist. It had been on there I think since the book was first published. For whatever reason it doesn't seem to have been published here in the States even though many of Morpurgo's other books are in print here.

When the book came out I was very active in BookCrossing especially with book relays, rings and RABCKs (random acts of BookCrossing kindness). Although I don't remember recei
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Lisa
Jan 27, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a man named Arthur Hobhouse, who reflects back on his troublesome and turbulent life through the eyes of his young self. The story takes us back to the time of WWII, when Orphan Arthur became separated from his sister Kitty and sent to the other side of the world. It was along his journey to Austrailia by ship, that he became friends with another evacuee named Marty. Marty was a mischievous character and it was his bravery and boldness that appealed very much to Arthur, who ...more
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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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