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Cool! [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo
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Book Description

4 Jun 2007

Michael Morpurgo’s inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma – victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness.

Robbie, football fan and animal lover, runs after his dog Lucky one day when he chases a cat and is hit by a car. Unconscious, Robbie lies in hospital, unable to speak, move or eat. But he can hear; he is aware, even though his family and friends don’t know this. Inside his head, we hear Robbie’s thoughts; on his Mum and sister, why his parents are separated. His friends and family try desperately to reach him – even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, comes to see him. And still Robbie can’t ‘wake up’. Until one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky bring Robbie back to life?

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007131046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007131044
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,585 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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'Absorbing and satisfying...with a real story at its heart.' -- The Guardian

From the Back Cover

"Sometimes I tell myself that maybe I'm in the middle of a bad dream... I'm locked inside my head and I can't get out."

Robbie lies in a coma, after a terrible car accident involving his dog, Lucky. He can hear, but he can't move or speak. He can't tell his family that he loves them, that he's going to be OK. Everyone comes to visit Robbie, desperate to reach him - even the famous Chelsea footballer Zola. But Robbie is on the brink of death and nothing is working. Will they ever be able to bring him back?

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool! 3 April 2003
By A Customer
Although the subject of the book may seem rather morbid for children, my eight year old daughter couldn't get through it fast enough. The way the book is written from the viewpoint of the boy in a coma is novel; the writing is well-paced, involving the reader from the start. The story unfolds gradually, and as each chapter progresses, the reader learns more of the events as the boy remembers them himself,with an uplifting ending. This is the first book we have read by this author, but is definitely the first of many.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really cool read! 25 Sep 2005
By A Customer
My 8 year old son has just finished this book and I asked him to write a review for Amazon. This is what he said: "I am eight years old and have just finished reading this book. My mum said she'd take me to the Fair if I read this book because she is worried that I don't like reading. I was surprised that it was a good book, I just wanted to read it all the time. I read it in a few days. There were some hard words in it, but I skipped them and the book still made sense. I recommend this book for boys who don't like reading much."
He is a very reluctant reader and this is the first book he has read on his own. I was really suprised to find him voluntarily reading it, and he really seemed to enjoy it. His two best friends are also reading it now. It is sometimes difficult to find books for boys whose reading ability is less than their age - they don't want to read about teddy bears, but can't manage too complicated vocabulary, but this is an excellent read that really catches their imagination. Now my challenge is to find more books that will inspire him to read and without me resorting to bribery this time.
(We tried writing this review a couple of weeks ago, but it didn't seem to appear - so if you find something similar somewhere else on Amazon, that's why!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cool 16 Dec 2010
By andrea
great book for boys. language not too difficult. perfect starter book for readers, and football subject matter hit the spot with my two sons
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars born to run 25 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
hi im lauren this book is soo cool at school my teacher read this book to all of the class and it was amazing you might even say it was so cool
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool - interesting twist on unusual subject 16 May 2010
I picked this out at the supermarker after looking for some easy fiction. Its the first Michael Morpugo book that I've read. Really enjoyed it - have passed it around colleagues and they all say the same. I liked the suspense of trying to work out what had happened to both the boy and the dog in an accident. I felt that the vocabulary was good for struggling readers and also a high interest level which is hard to find. I especially liked the layout of the story - it always starts with the newspaper report of how the boy is progressing in hospital while the rest of the chapter tells you what is happening in his head. It also refers to marriage issues between parenst and the effecvt this has on their children. Nicely writtn and older kids really love it too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book 6 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is very good and cool.
This book is good because it is happy at the start and then sad for a long time and at the end it's a happy ending. I would recommend this book for people the age of 7 and over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its a COOL book!! 28 Dec 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
awesome story nearly made me cry when he went into the was a really happy ending. ive read it again and again.i love it soo much.Really Recommend!!!!! :]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool 25 Jan 2010
A Kid's Review
I love this book it was COOL.
It was very sad though but that didn't matter to much for me.
It turned out to be Fab .
I am 9 years old.I love most of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my neice loved itxxx
my neice loved this book was a good buy aswell. i liked it to as i read it very entertaining thanks janexxx
Published 2 days ago by Jane Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
This book is the best book ever I love the happy ending when I read it to my cousins they were cutting because Robbie got out of his comma I thought they aren't listening but they... Read more
Published 9 days ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! want to read it again.
I liked that Robbie woke up because his dog licked him!
I thought it was a really really cool book!
Published 1 month ago by harryboom07
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
my children love reading, they have read this book more than 3 times you can't go wrong. good price a must.
Published 1 month ago by JJ 102
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
I thought they where going to give up on him, lucky is a miracle worker, i knew he wouldn't die
Published 1 month ago by miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool!
A really gr8 book couldnt stop reading until i foumd out what happened and read it twice. highly recommend to 10+ but not below as they wouldnt understand the contest the book is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gemma
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing tearjerker
A very sweet book. I loved it! It is for 8+ readers. It is a really good read and I recommend it to both boys and girls.
Published 1 month ago by robbie
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL
This book is totally awesome, great for young children.I would recommend this book for children aged 8+.I thought this book was awesome.
Published 1 month ago by Harvey Rollings
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Read this book in two hours really enjoyed it! I would totally recommend it pls read Michael Morpurgo is one of my fave authors thanks for such a great book xxxxx
Published 1 month ago by Jade
3.0 out of 5 stars ...
... COOL ...
Wasnt the best MM book. There have been better. Its okay...
Um, yeah that is all I have to say.
Published 1 month ago by Lily
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