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The Sleeping Sword

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  546 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Bun Bendle introduces us to his very first story, called The Sleeping Sword, written after he suddenly became blind. Nothing's been the same since Bun dived off a quay and hit his head on a rock. What he can't bear to tell anyone is that as well as his sight, the accident seems to have wiped out parts of his memory. In despair, he contemplates suicide, but the love of his ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 6th 2003 by Egmont Books Ltd (first published March 1st 2002)
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Jun 23, 2013 Kiki rated it it was amazing
I was obsessed with this book during my late primary school years. My sisters both read it, and we had it in soft paperback. It always used to sit on the edge of the bathtub upstairs, or lie on the windowsill in the kitchen. For some reason, it was always to hand, whether it be left on the stairs or balanced on the arm of the couch. It was like an accessible escape, and thus I read this book from cover to cover too many times to count. I marvelled at it. I was completely and utterly amazed by it ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Seonaid rated it it was amazing
When 10 year old Bun dives off the pier to impress his friend's big sister, the love of his life, he hits his head off a rock, and wakes up blind. And thus Bun's life is changed forever. With his usual skill, Morpurgo traces the changes Bun and his family must face, and the fear and resentment Bun feels at times - in fact, this is the first Morpurgo book I have read that deals with even the thought of committing suicide, a description that left Izzie open mouthed and glittery eyed (but no worrie ...more
Nov 18, 2009 Sylvia rated it really liked it
Boy is blinded, must cope. Dreams of finding old tomb with King Arthur's sword that heals him, then dream comes true.
Anne Hamilton
Feb 08, 2016 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy, ya
Only 80 people live on Bryher in the Scilly Isles. Bun Bendle is one of them. He writes a story called 'The Sleeping Sword'. It seems to be autobiographical, but that's one of the mysteries of this book - only at a certain point do you realise the story had a large component of creative imagination. But there's no real clue where reality ends and imagination begins. All that I could be sure of was that it was before the incident where Bun falls into a hole in a field - and up to then, events see ...more
Sara Darr
Feb 04, 2012 Sara Darr rated it liked it
This is the second Michael Morpurgo book I have read, Kensuke's Kingdom being the first which I thoroughly enjoyed. 'The Sleeping Sword' is about the story of Bun, a child who whilst showing off to a girl he likes, unfortunately has a disastrous fall which results in him becoming blind, he then magically discovers a special sword and shield in a secret tomb in his father's field. The story is briefly related to the history of King Arthur which may interest children who enjoy historical stories. ...more
Owen Harvey
Mar 14, 2014 Owen Harvey rated it it was amazing
Having read this at a very young age, it's a book that's stayed with me for a while. I remember on countless ocassions reading through this book. Over and over again. It provided me with wisdom and it provided me with an imagination. It was what brought me to like Michael Morpurgo in the first place. I remember writing book reviews for primary school on this book. Reading it over and over again, memorising the characters. Memorising the plot. It's stayed with me until now. It was a striking book ...more
Maia Ben-Yami
Jan 30, 2009 Maia Ben-Yami rated it it was amazing
A magical book, which shows very nicely a blind boy's hopes and wishes!
Lynn Merriman
Mar 05, 2015 Lynn Merriman rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-leah
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Aby Aji
Jul 03, 2014 Aby Aji rated it it was amazing
I think this is a really exiting and adventurous book as it is all about a boy named Bun who broke his head in an accident, will he survive? Why is the title called sleeping sword?

Stuart Spendlow
Jun 29, 2014 Stuart Spendlow rated it really liked it
A great read that makes you think, laugh and cry. Enough pace to maintain interest yet slow enough to love and appreciate characters.
Jenna Mills
Oct 10, 2015 Jenna Mills rated it it was ok
Not that keen on this. The ending was too kiddie for me. And the dreamy bit was way too weird.
Oct 22, 2014 Abbiethekitty rated it it was amazing
This is amazing! The story was just so original, and I love the main character!!! Please read!
Amy Higgs
Apr 29, 2014 Amy Higgs rated it really liked it
Michael Morpurgo has created a timeless tale in The Sleeping Sword. The story follows Bun, who loses his sight when diving. His whole world becomes dark, until he is involved in another accident and stumbles upon a cave, and the sleeping sword.

This book is great for upper KS2, as it touches on some sensitive issues and relationships between Bun and his friends, which can generate really good discussion. I have seen this book used as a class reader in Year 6, with the children taking part in hot
Sep 09, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
Una mágica historia sobre la superación y el amor, la magia cotidiana
Hadas Tsury
Jul 08, 2015 Hadas Tsury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful story from a great storyteller...
Ash C
Mar 06, 2015 Ash C rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite childhood stories ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Derek rated it did not like it
A young readers tale that interweaves the story of a blind boy who lives on the Scilly Isles, with the myth and truth of King Arthur.
Michael Morpurgo takes the reader deep inside the mind of a boy who seems ordinary but is really anything but. The story is told by the boy, Bun, in the first person, as his own true story that becomes a story from his imagination about discovering a very special sword and shield in a tomb on his father's farm.

Although easy-to-read, this is a rather disappointing
Melanie Stand
Oct 27, 2012 Melanie Stand rated it it was amazing
I've JUST finished reading this to my boys, we were gripped to the very end. It is a beautifully written story, using incredibly the mythology of Arthur, the book transports you into the different setting and mesmerises you. The ending however confused me slightly - the 'light at the end of the tunnel' did he die? Or was his story finally coming true? I just couldn't decide - help please!
Nov 24, 2010 Mattjt rated it liked it
i think that this book was very intersting because of the description of the sword and the sheild that he finds in the tomb. but also i think that some parts of this book were a bit childish and abit annoying. but i like the fact of the background of this boy but overall the book was ok and i liked some parts:)
Varsha Seshan
Jan 29, 2013 Varsha Seshan rated it it was ok
When I think of Michael Morpurgo, my expectations are very high. Maybe that is not fair; maybe if the book had not been written by him, I would have liked it much better. As it was, I found it a little contrived. It didn't capture my attention from start to end the way all Morpurgo's other books do!
Dec 31, 2011 Tanja rated it really liked it
Another great story by my favorite author Michael Morpurgo (I discovered a whole set of his books in a Accra bookshop…;) I am sure my students will enjoy it as much as I did, loving the connection to King Arthur and his knights.
Feb 15, 2013 Aisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that the story could be better and it was quite confusing, I would rate it three and a half stars if I could. I don't really know what to say but I kind of think you will like more AFTER you've read it.
Jack Gillies
Jan 07, 2014 Jack Gillies rated it did not like it
Rachel Henderson
Aug 28, 2014 Rachel Henderson rated it really liked it
Very good children's book, the imagination of the main character was captured very well. Morpurgo is a brilliant children's writer.
Feb 08, 2013 Sebastian rated it liked it
The Sleeping Sword was a different book to what I normally read by Michael Morpurgo but I still enjoyed it.
Apr 02, 2008 Hannah rated it really liked it
this book is amazing i read it twice because it interested me soooooo much everyoody shouldd read this!
Mar 08, 2016 Diana rated it it was amazing
What a lovely little book. Full of magic and tales of marlin and King Arthur.
Sep 03, 2009 Periklis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elena-s-books
An excellent book for children (Elena - age 7 - rates it a definite 5-star!).
Little Miz Piggi
May 13, 2008 Little Miz Piggi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Grace, Angel, Molly
quite good. a journey of magic and amazing, daring thoughts and actions.
Jan 03, 2013 Nikki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
A childhood favourite that I used 2 read every night when I was younger.
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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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