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The Wreck Of The Zanzibar

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In 1907, fourteen-year-old Laura, living with her family on one of the stormy Isles of Scilly, records in her diary how her dream of participating in a shipwreck rescue is finally realized.
Paperback, 122 pages
Published 1995 by Mammoth
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Hulaimat Iyabo
Michael’s Great-aunt Laura has just passed away and the family are on their way home to the Isles of Scilly for her funeral. In her will, Great-aunt Laura has left him her precious diary and he later finds out why it was so dear to her. The diary dates back to when Laura was a young girl and of her troubled family life, which led to her twin brother running away to sea. This event devastated young Laura as she felt alone and lost without the closest person in her life.

One day, Laura finds a lea
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Anne Hamilton
The island of Bryher is bleak and barren. Laura's father, a harsh and taciturn man, has turned his son Billy against island life with his incessant demands. Billy wants to see the world outside. Laura just wants to crew the island gig but her father is adamant in his refusal. No girl on any of the Scilly Isles has been an oarsman on a gig and no daughter of his is going to be the first.

When it comes to a choice between the rough, unrelenting work under his father's stern eye and the promise of a
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Laurie
Apr 17, 2011 Laurie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children from 7 on up; particularly reluctant readers
Shelves: boy-s-reading
As is often the case with Morpurgo's books, this deals with those themes children find emotionally difficult but which nonetheless happen to them: loss, hard times, difficulties with society, difficulties with parents. Morpurgo is always great at writing a cracking good story with these elements in a sympathetic way that doesn't talk down to children. The book is comprised mainly of the diary of a great aunt inherited by a young woman. The diary covers those years when ships still went under sai ...more
Alison
The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo a great read. Laura Perryman lives on Bryher Island and her dream is to use a rowboat but unfortunately, it's just not the thing a girl should do in the early 1900's. But Laura is still determined to achieve her dream and when a wrecked ship and a ferocious storm give her the chance to do this and save the island, she takes it.
This book is another one of Michael Morpurgo's wonderful short reads. I recommend The Wreck of Zanzibar to someone who is fan
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Bunty
The Wreck of the Zanzibar
Michael Morpurgo
Nonfiction
Rate: ****
"The Wreck of the Zanzibar" is an intriguing story is about a young girl who's brother, Peter runs away from their home island. He escapes with one of his friend to be a cabin boy on a cruise ship he met one day on the dock. Sophie has never seen her mother smile since Peter's disappearance, neither her dad has spoken to her. The night of a huge, terrifying storm changed their lives from bad to worse. The two dairy cows are the only w
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Titilope
I was forced to read this book in Year 6. My school had two year 6 classes, and we both had to read a Michael Morpurgo book for reasons unknown. Anyway, the other class got to read Kensuke's Kingdom and we were stuck with this.

To put it simply; it's not really the most enjoyable book for an 11 year old. Pretty stale.
Discoverylover
A friend of mine has expressed interest in reading these, so I'm reading them to give to her next time I see her. I enjoyed this one! It was interesting to read one that wasn't set during a historic event as such, and it was nice having no clue what was going to happen next!
Mari Anne
Read this sweet story aloud to Aidan over the course of two afternoons. I adore Michael Morpurgo and think that he writes beautiful stories. I am not so sure that kids would agree with me about this one. This one had a beautiful "Old Man and the Sea" vibe to it. It was short and sweet and to the point but also lyrical and poetic. With a lack of action and the old-fashioned setting, it would take a special child to really appreciate it. Aidan (age 8) thought it was just"okay"and I think it was ma ...more
Anthony Burt
A brooding tale about a young girl who lives on a small island in the Scilly Isles, this is Mr Morpurgo at his best. Peeled back prose, to the point storytelling, lovely characters and a gorgeous, epic-like storyline.

After Laura's brother leaves for adventure on the high seas, she and her family are left destitute. With no food, storms and sickness biting at them, Laura's salvation is two-fold: finding a huge turtle on the beach she can help and the wreck of a ship called The Zanzibar.

I won't sa
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Patricia
I chose this to read with an 11 year old in order to bring some emotional engagement to our reading. It did the trick. I was choking up and I've already read it; she was wide-eyed and hanging on every word. And she clearly thought about it since we last read together as she came in with questions. A first!!! One of many brilliant books by Michael Morpurgo. Onward and upward!!!
Tobias
This story was a great short one to pass the time with it both has the components to a great drama. And also explains in great detail the hardships of the time it was set it was almost let down by its length but if you want a thrilling quick read this book is for you.
Sarah
Read because I will be using this book in my classroom as part of our 'Storms and Shipwrecks' topic. I very much enjoyable this book. The main character is really interesting and very believable in her actions. Looking forward to seeing how my children will react to this book. Would recommend.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Easy and quick read. Laura's diary talks about the nature's fury relationship with sibling, and family. The way relationship between animals and humans depicted by Morpurgo made me feel good about the same.
William Newton
Not that this book is bad but I found the story in this book extremely boring at times and in my option the book was a bit slow paced. I was forced to read it in Year 5 which kind of ruined my option on it, but it did introduce me to a great author
Den
In his great-aunt's will Michael is left her diary. It tells of her life as a young girl when her brother falls out with the family and runs away to sea, after that their cows fall ill and storms destroy the island. Just as they are giving up hope and planning to leave the isle Laura finds a turtle washed up on the beach. He is a good listener and she tells him all her problems and between her and her gran they manage to feed him and get him back to the sea. It is as if he was a good luck talism ...more
Elizabethm
It was in a form of a diary and how the writer wrote it felt as if I were really there
Sumrary: it was abut the life of a girl when her brother leves with a man called Joseph hanibal
On his ship the general Lee the girl has an adventure when a turtle washes up on the beach.
Main characters:granny may grandmother
Mom girls mother
F. Father girls father
Billy girls brother
Laura girl
Joseph hanibal mean person owns ship called general lee
I liked the book because ilike reading diary types of books
Bron
A simple story (it is a child's book after all) but it really does paint a picture of what life was like in a poor community early in the 20th century.
Sigourney
I didn't read many of Morpurgo's books when I was younger, I was much more interested in reading Little Women, Grimm's Fairy Tales and The Chronicles of Narnia but I absolutely adore him now; his writing is simply wonderful and The Wreck of the Zanzibar is a brilliant novella. (view spoiler) ...more
Helena Duggan
I read this book in about 3 hours. It's small, a short tale about a family that lives on the island of Scilly. I picked it up because, as I visit a lot of schools promoting my own book, I've heard Michael Morpurgos name echoed constantly through the classrooms of south east Ireland. This fella must have something, I thought...so I went and bought his box set. This is a lovely family tale, with what I thought was the right balance of happy and sad...his writing style is to be admired and I can se ...more
Moneypenny51
Good but not particularly brilliant
Elizabeth
It was in a form of a diary and how the writer wrote it felt as if I were really there
Sumrary: it was abut the life of a girl when her brother leves with a man called Joseph hanibal
On his ship the general Lee the girl has an adventure when a turtle washes up on the beach.
Main characters:granny may grandmother
Mom girls mother
F. Father girls father
Billy girls brother
Laura girl
Joseph hanibal

I liked the book because i like reading duarte from the 17,18,19 hundreds
zespri
Another beautiful little story for young adults written by Michael Morpurgo.

Set on the little island of Bryher, in a small community that lives on the edge of survival. Always at the mercy of the weather, a furious storm destroys their homes and livelihoods.

The story is told in diary form by a young girl on the island, and explores themes common to many young adults. A difficult father, a rebellious sibling, a withdrawn mother.

Alice
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Genevieve Austin
14-year-old Laura Perryman spends most of her life wanting to row though woman aren't supposed to. Her island where she lived is in the middle of the sea where the waves call to her.When the Zanzibar is wrecked on her island, she fufills her wish to save herself and the island
Kingfan30
Gosh just read that in a couple of hours!! As always Morpurgo manages to write about a very serious topic in a way that is easy for young readers to understand. If was quite a sad read and glad to see in ended on a happier note.
Abbey
A book full of hope that ends in feel-good fashion. The fast pace is perfect for children, although it has to be said that the blurb is in fact the entire plot, there's not too much to surprise - apart from Zanzibar.
Alana
I loved The Wreck of the Zanzibar for is told through the journal entries and watercolor illustrations of 14-year-old Laura Perryman in 1907 and 1908.I think it is a really effective way of telling a story.
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Tomas J
Michael Morpugo is still one of my favourite authors. That was one of the first books I ever read by him and I think we worked on it in my English class in England. I probably read it at least twice.
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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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