The Wreck of the Zanzibar, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A gripping children's story from Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. "We all knew what was going to happen. We'd seen it before. A ship about to founder staggers before she falls. A huge wave broke over her stern and she did not come upright again." Life on the Scilly Isles in 1907 is bleak and full of hardship.

Laura's twin brother, Billy, disappears, and then a storm devastates everything.

It seems there's little hope. But then the Zanzibar is wrecked on the island's rocks, and everything changes ...Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, again demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with one of his most dramatic children's stories ...The Wreck of the Zanzibar.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9781405233361



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Fourteen year old Laura Perryman and her family have always lived on Bryher, a tiny island amongst the Isles of Scilly. Her family consists of twin brother Billy, her mother and father, and her Granny May. Their four cows keep the entire population of the island supplied with milk. One day the ship 'General Lee' calls at St Mary's for repairs and Billy runs away to sea without telling his parents. Laura is devastated. Then bad weather devastates the island and the family lose their only source of income, the cows. They will have to leave the island, along with many other families. Before they can leave a fierce storm occurs and a ship is seen foundering. The brave men of Bryher launch their gig amongst gigantic waves to rescue shipwrecked sailors along with their cargo and everything changes.Another well told tale from Morpurgo.