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Morpurgo added: “Storymakers and storytellers like Barrie, and like all the previous winners of this award, have given us the hope and faith children need, we need, to keep flying, have sustained us through dark and troubled times, have banished doubt. To touch the lives of children, to witness their listening and reading silence, is reward enough in itself. This is simply the icing on the cake.”
Will and his mother are on a trip to Indonesia, Will is living out his dream of rising an elephant, when suddenly they become separated(by the elephant) in an urgent commotion. The boxing day tsunami was coming. Oona, the elephant saved Wills life from a terrible disaster, and continues to do so throughout the narrative. With the rich, vivid adjectives the visualisation of each event Will encounters is unexplainable. And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that's when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. I also loved Charlie, Tonk, and Bart. They depened on Will, and Will was always there for them. He helped them through every moment of there struggles.
A son and grandson of actors, Michael has acting in his blood and enjoys collaborating and performing live adaptations of his books at festivals, concerts and theatres. I really enjoy Michael Morpurgo's story lines, most of them are adventurous and emotional making his books good reads. I think his style of writing is also very descriptive making his books engaging and entertaining.
The first paragraph in the Charity section begins 'Ten years later...set-up the charity for City Children'. The paragraph before this ends with Michael writing his first book in 1974, which then implies that the Charity was set up in 1984. However, the Charity was set up in 1976, which was ten years after he had started teaching. It might be better to start that paragraph 'Ten years after he had started teaching...'The Other One, after you read the book, you will know exactly who this is, turned out to save their lives. The Other One lead them to safety and away from the fires. The last suggestion relates to the answer sheet for the questions. The model answer for question 7 suggests using the word 'significant' from the glossary. However, that word isn't used in the glossary for the two star text. Running Wild is a children's novel by Michael Morpurgo first published in 2009. It recounts the adventures of a boy who has to survive in the Indonesian jungle after being rescued from a tsunami by an elephant.  Plot summary [ edit ]
English: In my SBT1 class, this book was used to assist pupils in writing persuasive pieces to stop deforestation for palm oil- pupils were captivated and passionate due to their intense emotional response to Wills story. Additionally, this novel would prove engaging should you stop just before the ending and allow pupils to continue the narrative and write their own ending(or do the same at any point of the book). It was beautifully written, very heart warming and sad. Of course, it's Murpurgo, I expected it to be sad.
Running wild is a young adult novel based on events that have and are happening. As stated at the end 'it is a book that everyone in the world should know because its full of hope and determination.' In November 2016 Michael Morpurgo won the J M Barrie Award for his contribution to children’s literature.This award is given every year by Action for Children’s Arts to a “children’s arts practitioner” whose lifetime’s work has delighted children and will stand the test of time. A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from the author of The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink.