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Publisher's Summary

A desert-island adventure, and a subtle observation of friendship, trust and humanity.
Winner of The Children’s Book Award.
Superbly read by DEREK JACOBI.
When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents’ yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can’t find food and he can’t find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long.
But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger – Kensuke – allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.
©2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"This is a wonderful book, a modern day Robinson Crusoe and is simply too good to miss." (Wendy Cooling)
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By BK Stubbs on 04-24-17

A rare gem

This is a book you will want to read/hear. Eloquent and captivating, Derek Jacobi does an amazing job as narrator (of course!), :) and the story is masterfully written.

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By Donna Morrell-Pruitt on 12-08-16

a nice little story.

I picked this story because it seemed like a short story compared to the books I normally listen to. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it very much.And I plan to tell my son about it so he can let his son listen to it also.

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By vin on 06-09-13


Whilst I could probably listen to Derek Jacobi read the telephone directory and enjoy listening to it - the whole story is highly enjoyable. I always find that, whilst Michael Morpurgo writes for "children", they are highly enjoyable by adults too ( perhaps its the big kid in all of us?)

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By Jason on 04-09-13


I was so impressed by this novel that I decided to use it as part of my English teaching programme. The narration is absolutely superb and had the children completely captivated each morning.

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