The Wreck of the Zanzibar, Paperback Book
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A gripping children's story from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate 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 . . . The Wreck of the Zanzibar is a gripping historical adventure from the author of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael Morpurgo is the master storyteller of such modern classic children's books as War Horse, Friend or Foe, Private Peaceful, and Kensuke's Kingdom.

He 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
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  • 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.

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