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Kensuke's Kingdom (Egmont Modern Classics) Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Michael Morpurgo OBE was born in 1943 in St Albans and was educated at Kings Canterbury, Sandhurst and Kings College London. He taught for ten years in both state and private schools and is married with three children and six grandchildren.
His first book was published in 1975 and he has since published over 100 titles. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. Michael's books have also been adapted for film and the stage, including most recently the National Theatre's enormously successful production of War Horse.
Together with his wife Clare he founded Farms for City Children, an educational charity, in 1976. The organisation now runs three farms welcoming over 3,000 children a year. In 1999 he was awarded an MBE for services to youth, and in 2006 he was awarded an OBE.
His books have won the Whitbread Award (The Wreck Of Zanzibar), the Smarties Book Prize (The Butterfly Lion), the Children's Book Award (Kensuke's Kingdom) and Cercle D'Or Prix Sorciere (King Of The Cloud Forests), the Blue Peter Book Award and the Califonia Young Reader Medal (Private Peaceful), the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award (Alone On A Wide Wide Sea) and several have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
Michael was Children's Laureate from 2003-2005.
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I loved reading this book because of all the adventures, trials and tribulations that happen to the characters.
In particular, I think Michael Morpurgo's writing is brilliant; it is detailed and just enables you to picture every word.
My favourite character is Kensuke because he is such a complicated character, who is easily misunderstood - but once we know his backstory, everything becomes clear.
The book is not just about a boy being washed up on an island, but is also about the themes of: survival, friendship, family life and the consequences of event sin history.
I thoroughly recommend this book to all ages because it is one of my favourite books of all time.
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