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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

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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...more
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...more

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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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...more
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...more

This book was beautiful. It took me to different places, I experienced Arthur Hobhouse's feelings, and I was with him every single step of the way. It was a truly magnificent story, a novel I would read anytime.
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.
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more

When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WW II he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows.

He endures mistreatment, neglect and is forced to do hard labour on a farm in the Australian outback.

But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boat-building business, all the pieces of his broken life come together.

Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose...more
It is an awesome, wonderful, beautiful book.

I couldn't understand every word, sometimes I used dictionary, sometimes I refused it. During the first part of Arthur's story I said "Thank to Heaven that I don't understand everything", it was a very painful part, full with stifled negative emotions, I felt the tension along the 'Cooper's Station'. This tension vanished with Aunty Megs. From that point I was ok, and could read, reread passages, think, interpret. Maybe because of I am an "adult" I wo...more
I first read this book when I was about 8. I am now 15 and completely in love with all literature and I'm pretty sure it was Michael Morpurgo that got me reading so avidly. It was honestly the best book I'd ever read at the time and the first book I ever cried in. The first book that I felt the reality of the characters and the situation though I had read many more "realistic" books before it, this one was just so well written I couldn't help falling in love with it. Since then I have read so mu...more
It was a beautifully written book and when I read it I cried because my favorite character died. The book in my opinion is one of the best books Michael Morpurgo has ever written, his use of two parts was a genius move and his use the imagery of the albatross means it will forever be one of my favorite books.
This book is in two distinct parts.

A six year old orphan boy is shipped to Australia after WWII, together with with dozens of others. His sister is sent elsewhere and his only memories are of her singing London Bridge is Falling Down and of giving her a small key which he keeps with him always. Arthur and several other boys are sent to an 'orphanage' where they are treated as slaves, kept short of food and beaten regularly. Arthur escapes with his best friend and shares his story.

The second part...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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