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Why the Whales Came
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2000
This book starts of slow moving at first but soon the the tension mounts as Daniel and Gracie discover the curse of Samson.They defy their parents by meeting and making friends with the Birdman.Every one thinks the Birdman is mad but he understands nature and helps Gracie and her Mother when Gracie's Father goes to war. After reading this book I felt that this was another great book written by Michael Morpurgo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2008
`Why the Whales Came' is another amazing book from children's laureate, marvellous Michael Morpurgo.

It tells the story of two children growing up in the Isles of Scilly (Bryher). From the cradle, Gracie and Dan have been warned not to go near a mysterious man named the "Birdman". However, when they are forced to use a forbidden beach, strange messages start appearing in the sand...

We are only nine years old and this is one of our favourite books. We would give it four stars because it is so good. It's packed with action and excitement. It leaves you with tons of different emotions and feelings. You'll for yourself if you read the book.
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on 9 February 2012
This is another amazing novel by the remarkable Micheal Mopurgo.

It tells the story of two best friends Gracie and Daniel who live in the Isle of Scilly. But when they both ignore their parents strict warnings they discover the considerate Birdman, as well as the dark secret of Samson and even why the whales came they think it can't get any worse. The Birdman is not mad and dangerous like all the people on the island say and he helps Gracie and her mother when they need him.

Whilst Gracie's father is away at war, fighting against the German's the best friends find themselves in deep trouble, when they get stranded on Samson. The money is also running short for Gracie's mother and Daniel gets a beating. Could the Birdman be right about the curse of Samson after all?

I am only eleven and this is my favourite book by Micheal Morpurgo. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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on 19 October 2008
The main characters are Gracie Jenkins, Daniel Pender and the Birdman. Gracie is an only child, but a timid one at that. Daniel has lots of family, and aspires to be a good carver. As for the Birdman, well, let's just say he's extremely reclusive.
The story is set in the Isles of Scilly (south-west of Cornwall) at the start of the First World War, and is about a tiny community doing it's best to survive.
My favourite chapter is Chapter 11, "Last Chance" because it has lots of excitement and another thing . . . My least favourite part was when the Preventative arrived.
I would reccomend the book to anyone who likes action, adventure, drama, dilemmas, puzzles, generally anyone and everyone who hasn't read the book!
Overall, I liked the book immensly, because of all the twists and turns, rumours of curses, infact, I loved it!
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on 13 July 2013
Hi
I loved reading this book because I love Michael Mourpurgo and the way that he writes stood that is why I love chosen a five star rating for this book.
I think that Why The Whales Came is the best book he has written because it is all about adventure, friendship and understanding each other. Right From the start of the book I knew that the Bridman wasn't evil because when the children go and meet him for the first time he never does anything to them.
The only thing that I don't understand in this book is why it is all about war. I mean I can understand way but every Michael Mourpurgo book that I have ever read has been about war apart. from Running Wild. That is my only bone that I wanted to pick with this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone of any age that likes. Michael Mourpurgo
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on 24 November 2013
Two friends live on a beautiful island beside Samson.
Now Samson is supposed to be haunted.And then theres the Birdman.
"The Birdman puts spells on people. We mustn't talk to him. We're not supposed to."
But does that stop Gracie and Daniel?
The message in the sand tells them that the Birdman isn't what he seems.
And Gracie and Daniel also get lost in the fog while fishing and end up on Samson.]
Is it really true that bad things can happen after you have set foot on the island?
Well there you go :) Just a short summary of this fabulos book.
It got me at the edge of my seat plenty of times.
Enjoy :) Hope this helps :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2009
Another classic in the making from morpurgo. A beautiful story invoving all ages. Quite emotional and inspiring, I cried and shouted in equal measures. I would recommend this to adults and children.
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This is a delightful novel about two children living on the small Scilly Isle of Bryher on the eve of the First World War, who befriend an outcast from the community, known as the Birdman, who hides a secret relating to the evacuation of the nearby island of Samson during his youth. It's a lovely story, which gives a good feel for the ebb and flow of island life, and shows how communities can, at their best, pull together to achieve a common goal, but at their worst seek to scapegoat an outsider. While this is nominally aimed at children, it's a great read for all ages, especially if you have been or will be going to the Scilly Isles.
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on 5 November 2008
This is magical, mystical story about two children who live in the Scilly Isles during the First World War (on the island of Bryher).

Daniel and Gracie have been warned not to go near a peculiar man - the `Birdman of Bryher'. However, when they have to use a beach near to him and messages begin appearing in the sand, they become intrigued by him and the stories about the curse of Samson. And when Daniel and Gracie accidentally get stranded on Samson and find a whale's horn, could the curse of Samson be true?

This book is for 8+. A story drenched in mystery and excitement. We would recommend it to anyone.
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on 2 March 2014
This book was amazing I loved the beginning the middle and the end .So I guess I'm saying I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who like
Michael Moporgo.

I would also like to take the time to say that I think there would b a national outcry if a certain Michael Moporgo stopped writing .

So here's a top tip: DON'T STOP WRITING!!!!!

Please :-)

Thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hilton and weeeeeeeeeeeeeee on a monster and weeeeeeeeeeeeeee on a monster and I think that t
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