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Born To Run [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo
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2 Jun 2008 0007230591 978-0007230594

Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound’s journey through life – and from owner to owner…

“The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning.”

When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can’t bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn’t he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep – only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face!

Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that’s what he becomes. Patrick’s favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer’s step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can’t run any more?


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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007230591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007230594
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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Praise for Born to Run:

“Pitch perfect… this hardened book reviewer kept having to wipe away the tears” Daily Mail

Praise for The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips:

"…a succinctly engaging tear-jerker, it is also full of happiness and affection and has a joyful ending… It is also about people who care enough to look after each other, offering a lesson in life as well as history. Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week

"From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller." Guardian

"As always, Morpurgo writes with solid confidence in a voice that's gentle yet spellbinding." Evening Standard

"Classic Morpurgo brilliance" Bookseller's choice, Publishing News

"…Michael Morpurgo weaves a touching tale that's full of surprises. A master storyteller at his best." Funday Times

From the Author

Dear Reader,

Some ten years ago we went to a rescue centre looking for a dog and came away with a lurcher puppy. We called her Bercelet. I remember looking into the cages and wondering where all these dogs had come from, whose lives they had been part of. All sorts of questions came at once into my head. Had the owner died? Were the dogs abandoned perhaps, or neglected or abused? What were the lives behind their eyes? Anyway Bercelet stayed with us and became one of the family, and when she died three years ago it was devastating for all of us.

When Bercelet ran she ran like a greyhound. We simply loved standing there watching her. She seemed at her happiest at full stretch. She was very gentle and calm in the house, very attached to us and reliant on us for reassurance and affection. The more I heard of whippets and greyhounds and lurchers, the more I realised that they all seemed to be like this, very trusting and loving.

Then I read an article in a Sunday newspaper about what had happened to some greyhounds when they were no longer any use for racing. Of course many ex-racing greyhounds end up in rescue centres and find good homes, but the newspaper article wasn't about the lucky ones. It seems that some 10,000 greyhounds have been shot and buried in fields over a period of about fifty years or so. Such callous cruelty on such a massive scale angered me greatly. The more I thought about it the more I wanted to write the life story of a greyhound. And this is what I've done.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY WOOFTASTIC!!!!!!!!! BRILIIANT!!!!!!!! 9 April 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
A story about a boy who loses the love of his life-his dog, his companion, his only friend. This courageous, funny, friendly dog will take you on an adventure beyond any dog's imagination. He will show you the world through the eyes of a dog, still loved by his best friend but alone to face the world himself. He goes through many homes, has many names and many friends. And many of these friends he loses. But they are never gone. They are still there in this dogs mind. This is an emotional and moving book. I am a 10-year-old girl and I absolutely loved it! I have read many of Michael Morpurgo's books-long and short- and I think he writes absolutely brilliantly. His stories are all different, some about people, animals and wars. You can feel the effort he has put into this book. I disagree that this book has a bad ending. I was hooked all the way through. This book is completely unputdownable. The ending is greaaattt! In Michael Morpurgo's books you can see the reality that is in it and he fantasizes it well. I particularly enjoyed this book because I love all animals and especially dogs. It tells the story of the pain, anger, sadness and loss dogs go through. I have a dog and she is cross whippet and full of energy. She is a great dog, lively and full of fun. She calms down when she is told and loves to be petted. She is a great companion. That is why I love this book and many others that Michael Morpurgo has written. I highly recommend this for dog-lovers, and anyone who enjoys Michael Morpurgo or a good riveting read. If you decide to read this book, please get out the tissues because buckets of tears will be wept and smiles will be smiled as Michael Morpurgo once again takes you through emotion and happiness in a world of reality mixed with fantasy. By: Lauren B Age: 10
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a tail to remember! 21 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover
What a fabulous book. Bought it yesterday and finished it today!

A very well written older childrens book that goes all out to make sure kids understand the full ins and outs of dog ownership, dog rescue, opens their eyes to issues such as dog theft and tells of the horrors of "behind the scenes" in greyhound racing.

The funny, harrowing, sad, but ultimately heartwarming tale of Best Mate/BrightEyes/Paddywhack the Greyhound. HIGHLY recommended!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tale, sad ending 22 Jun 2010
By Bezza
Format:Paperback
This is a really good yarn and well written, but be careful: there are some seriously dark moments in the narrative and the ending left my young son in floods of tears. My fault. I should have read ahead and invented my own happy ending in advance. The style of the telling is simple and easy for a younger child to follow, but some of the subject matter really makes this more suitable for a child of at least 10+. It would have been helpful to have some intimation of the weight of the areas treated by MM on the back cover. But this takes nothing away from the book itself. It is a very good read and is recommended, with caveats for those easily given to tears. You will shed some if you read this.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Dogtastic! 15 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wow! What a riveting read, this was unputdownable. The emotions that you go through as you go on the journey together with this champion greyhound dog. The parts where 'Best mate' tells the story from his point of view were fantastic! I would highly reccomend this book for any dog lovers out there!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read! 23 May 2009
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I read this book with my nine-year-old son and we both absolutely loved it - it had us gripped from the first page to the end. A perfect read for dog lovers, yet it doesn't shy away from the realities of the way some people treat their animals. We now want to read all the Morpurgo books - what a fantastic writer he is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day "Black Beauty" 6 Jan 2010
By Free Spirit VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
My 11 year old son was given this book as a Christmas presant and he devoured it in less than a day. He was so emotionally moved by the story (and because the book was about a dog - my weakness) I just had to read it.

I also read the book in less than a day and although the ending was a happy one, it was bitter sweet!

The book reminds me of a modern day "Black Beauty" although about a dog rather than a horse. The same sad principals remain though... animals used for money, abducted for money, abused and unhappy endings. On a personal note, I think it is incredibly sad that over a hundred years after Black Beauty was written, the same sort of animal abuse and misuse goes on.

It was a lovely story, beautifully written and had some good illustrations. I would recommend this book very highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
Michael Morpugo is a fabulous author and 'Born to Run' is an excellent book. It all begins when Patrick is walking to school when he hears a squeaky noise coming from a bag floating in the canal. Patrick dived in and found 6 greyhound puppies. He kept one of the puppies and called it 'Best Mate'. Found out about Best Mate's exciting life with his 2 new owners. It's an interesting book because at the end you don't know if Best Mate, is going to get his first owner back. And so it is on my great books list. It's 5 stars from me!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Born to Run by Michael Morpurgo 30 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
my 2 grandaughters and I went on holiday, ages 11 and 13, I took them this book and 1 called War Horse, they couldn't put these books down, they already had other books by this auther, and I am now ordering them some more for Christmas. Excellent stories for this age group. They were recommended to me by Amazan.
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another good book my grandson said
Published 5 days ago by CHRISTINE
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Published 12 days ago by L J Gibson
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Once again Michael Morpurgo writes a lovely story
Published 27 days ago by Mrs C Garfirth
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Published 27 days ago by k lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
Born to run is by far our favourite Michael Morpurgo story and we've loved them all so far. My son asked for audio stories to listen to for Christmas and when I saw this I knew I... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Born to Run
This was a lovely story of a boy and his dog, and then the story of what happened in the dogs life after he was dog napped, a really easy read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Born to love this book
this book is fantastic, I recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs or just loves a story that's touching to the heart xx
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It is a book that has everything to offer to both the young and old reader; humour followed closely by tear jerking sadness, real life situations relevant to this day and time,... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars born to run
It is amasing the title brought me to the book well all I can say is buy it lol yolo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it !
I have adored this story since I was young and it still touches my heart every time I read it. well worth the money must buy !
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