Why the Whales Came (Paperback)
  • Why the Whales Came (Paperback)

Why the Whales Came (Paperback)

Paperback 192 Pages
Published: 03/08/2023
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A stunning story of friendship and our natural world set against the backdrop of the First World War. From the nation’s favourite storyteller, Michael Morpurgo.

Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought.

But his warnings to stay away from the abandoned and cursed Samson Island stay with them. And when those warnings seem to be coming true, Gracie and Daniel must find out what the Birdman knows – before it's too late . . .

Why the Wales Came is a gripping historical tale full of adventure and friendship, from the author of War Horse.

Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008640736
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 140 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm


Praise for Why the Whales Came: 'A memorable adventure' – Booklist Praise for Michael Morpurgo: “Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching.” Guardian “There are few children’s writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo.” Daily Express “Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skillful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative”Elizabeth Reilly, British Council “The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers.” Guardian

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“Heart warming yet dull”

‘Why the Whales Came’ is a fresh, heart warming tale crafted around the mysterious island of Samson. This book is an enchanting web of suspense, trust and old folk stories that I would consider suitable for older... More

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“Reading this book was like climbing a mountain”

If you want to read a book that is utterly mind-boggling, stimulating, and fast-paced, then don’t even think about picking up “Why the Whales Came”. With a slow start, the book just keeps on going at the pace of a... More

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Why the Wales Came is a fantastic mysterious story written by, the well known, Michal Murporgo and is mostly for confident readers and adults.
The story Why the Wales Came is based on a little girl named Gracie and... More

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