Reviews for Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Author: Morpurgo, Michael
ISBN: 9780007230587

This is the 2008 Winner!!! How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful

This is the winning book

This book is one of the 6 shortlisted titles.

Reviews from Pupils

This book is rated 2 star

I did not enjoy this book at all. I found it very depressing at the thought of a young boy losing his family, and being alone. I could not read it all as it made me very upset.

Review by Hannah - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
This book is rated 5 star

i thought the book was excellent. I loved the emotions it had through the chapters and the actual story it played. I really like Michael Morpurgo books as they actually build up a story in your mind it was fantastic.

Review by Tempany - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
This book is rated 3 star

I thought the book was boring and I would never read it again. It was depressing.

Review by Georgia - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
This book is rated 5 star

I really Enjoyed this book. A very sad tale about a man's life. I liked the bit where the two boys were at the shipyard. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone! I also liked the part where they were at cooper's station.

Review by James - Queen Elizabeth's Academy
This book is rated 5 star

I have got to say this is the best book so far and one of the best books that Michael Morpurgo has written! I enjoyed reading about Arthur Hobhouses's story and I liked it because it was based on what used to happen in the past. I enjoyed this section because it was full of mixed emotions and quite moving. I enjoyed reading about Allie's journey because I could just imagine being on that boat too, as she was describing what was happening. I loved the ending! It was really happy and it worked out in the end! The perfect ending for the perfect story!

Review by Mia - Dukeries Academy
This book is rated 3 star

I liked this book in a way but i found it quite hard to follow. The story was interesting but it wasn't an easy read.

Review by christina - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 4 star

A very good book, written in a very interesting style, but not one of my favourites.

Review by Ben - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

Alone on the wide wide sea is a brilliant book.It contains adventure,sorrow and many other unexpected things .This is a great book for teenagers and should be read by all.

Review by emily - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 5 star

This book is one of the most amazing books i have ever read. You can really follow it and i loved it !

Review by sophie - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 1 star

I only like Michael's plays but his books are rubbish. They are boring and I only ever get to the 4th chapter and then give up. So there is a lot of description in it but it has too much description. It is so boring it puts me to sleep after reading only a page! This should come in last place.

Review by Katie - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 4 star

The book is very unfortunate how the boy gets taken to Australia and he has no one to comfort him...

Review by Sara - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

This is a imagenative book that unlike most Michael Morpergo books is actually enjoyable. The characters and the settings are beliveable .

Review by Chris - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is really good. The characters are lovable, and what happens to them is awful but I really enjoyed the book. It's when a young boy dies that I thought it was very harsh but the plot was great, 5*

Review by Ryan - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I LOVED IT!!! It was brilliantly written and had a great storyline. I cried so much when Marty and Aunty Megs died, and even more when Arthur himself did. I was so happy that Allie found Kitty in the end and loved how it ended with Allie starting to tell her Arthur's story. It was fab!

Review by Lily - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 3 star

I thought this book was ok but I only really liked Kitty's story because I kept getting confused by it.

Review by molly - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

I think this book is really good but at times it can be really sad. Its an amazing story of how Arthur Hobhouse lived during the war and how much he wanted to find out what his key was for. Its written really well and I think its a good idea of doing half of it Arthurs story and half of it his daughters story. Its now one of my favourite books ever and I could read it again and again!

Review by Annie - Djanogly City Academy
This book is rated 5 star

This book was brill! I couldn't get my head into it at first but when I got going, it got better and better. I found it upsetting but exciting at the same time.

Review by Dina - Brunts Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea is a really gripping book. It has lots of emotions of how one can fell at different situations. The book is for all ages and genders.I really like it. Brunts Bookbusters

Review by Jamila - Brunts Comprehensive School
This book is rated 3 star

I didn't really like this book because it was all about how they felt and the way it was written was a bit old-fashioned, plus I don't like boats. The second part was better than the first because it was at least modern.

Review by Georgia - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

Although I have not yet finished this book I have enjoyed it so far. I enjoy all Micheal Morpurgo's books,especially, Butterfly Lion, Private Peaceful and this one. Alone on the Wide Wide Sea is a sad tale of a boys life from being a slave to sending his daughter away to find his long lost sister.

Review by Helen - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book was ok, but it was a bit depressing, seeing as half of the characters that you grew to love were killed off. I do generally like Michael's books, that is why I picked this one. But I was a bit disappointed at this one because it wasn't very gripping, and it was very sad. I personally prefer another of one of his books called 'born to run'. Then again I like the way it goes through two generations, and in the end how she found out that her father was right about his sister.

Review by Adele - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 3 star

I think that Alone on a Wide Wide Sea is a rewarding read, if a little depressing. This is because I counted 9 deaths, and every chapter has something sad in it. However, it does have a happy ending. If I could sum this book up in a few words, it would probably be: sniff pass me a tissue!

Review by James - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 3 star

I think that Alone on a Wide Wide Sea is an alright book, but could be a lot better. The story line is just believable, and there are plenty of twists, and the characters are quite well done, but I think most Micheal Morpurgo are over rated anyway.

Review by Jonathan - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 4 star

I haven't read all of this yet, but it's quite good so far. It reminds me of Holes by Louis Sachar, and I think it'll turn out to be a really good book - Even if the main character does seem a bit whiny.

Review by Annie - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This is a good book to read and to learn about all of the things inside the book. It is interesting to read and write about books by Michael Morpurgo. AND IT IS FUN.

Review by DONNA - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 4 star

This book is great and it's the kind of story that I realy enjoY. It took me a long time to get in to but it was ok xxxx

Review by nicola - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 3 star

A very emotional book. It has two halves, so in a way, it is two books. It is impossible to put down as you want to follow the events around Arthur and his daughter.

Review by Fred - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was the best I have ever read. The storyline involves lots of twists and turns that make it interesting. It is a very emotional book, firstly sad, then scary, then hopeful, then happy etc! I thought the albatross was a really good idea. Read it!

Review by Hannah - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea is a very well written book. It has many ups and downs and is quite an upsetting book. The characters are very believable. I would recommend this book to boys and girls around the age of twelve and above.

Review by Jessica - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

This book was amazing! Although it was quite sad at times I still really enjoyed it. The way the author wrote the book was truly amazing!!!!

Review by Amy - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

This is the second time I've read this book, so it wasn't as amazing as when I first read it but it is still a really lovely story. It's got emotions, friendship, love, family, it's got everything. The two different parts of the story make it last longer yet not feel lengthy. The bit when Arthur's kind of friend,Wes dies I felt really upset. A brilliant story and a timeless classic.

Review by Eleanor - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

It's a dramatic story.It's full of anticipation and wondering.It's very sad.

Review by Lauren - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

I thought Alone on a Wide Wide Sea was a very good book but not my kind of read. But I will admit it was very sad and depressing.

Review by Luke - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I cried and laughed when reading this book. It was an amazing heart-warming story! love it!

Review by Ella - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

I loved this book! I found it was sad but I still really enjoyed it!!!

Review by Rachael - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I think that the story is absolutly brilliant and a great book to read. It gets quite sad and your emotions build up, but at a whole the story was one of the best books i have ever read!

Review by Aleisha - Djanogly City Academy
This book is rated 5 star

This book is great. It's about a boy Arthur, a key given to him supposedly from his sister KItty and about his daughter Allie's journey all the way to England to find Kitty. But will her search be in vain? Read to find out.

Review by Beth - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 3 star

it took a long time to start the book, i think the cover should be more exciting and the book is a tad long!!!!!

Review by Nicole - Carlton Le Willows Academy
This book is rated 5 star

This is the best book I have ever read. It tells the story of Arhur Hobhouse. He was sent to Australia in the 40s. He has always wanted to go back home to England to find his sister Kitty.

Review by Andrew - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

I liked this book a lot. It was very deep and had a lot of meaning. I did get a bit bored at the beginning and slightly in other places. But apart from that it was a very good book. It made me cry in places but it was a happy and meaningful book.

Review by Hattie - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

This book is amazing! It has all sorts of emotions: happiness,sadness,and excitement.The main character is Arthur. When I started reading it I couldn't stop.I really like Michael Morpugo's books they're amazing!!!

Review by Rima - Brunts Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

Alone on a wide wide sea sea is excellent! It is full of all sorts of emotions wanting you to read on.It stands out of all the books I've read because it has two parts in the story.If I had a chance I would read this book again!

Review by Jessica - Brunts Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

I enjoyed this book very much. It was very emotive and keeps your interest all the way through. I enjoyed the first part more as I found the second half not as interesting. My favourite bit is where Allie meets Kitty and they find out where the key is from and what the significance of it is.

Review by Dea - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I think this is A BRILLIANT book, for both boys and girls set in 1947! It's sad and happy, it grips you until the last page, For you who don't know its about a boy who gets shipped away from his sister, all the way across the world to Australia only to be looked after by 'god fearing' people. :0!!! For Arthur, Allie, Kitty 4 this is going to be a BIG adventure!!! Will he ever mend the threads of his life again? READ ON....! Trust me a GREAT read!!!

Review by Rosie - Long Eaton School
This book is rated 4 star

This book is a great book. I was thinking of voting for it but there's lots of other books. Its great but sad and you will not want some of the things to happen straight after each other so it kind of lets the book down but that's what happens in books and you learn from your mistakes

Review by Jordan - Bramcote Hills Sports and Community College
This book is rated 4 star

I really enjoyed this book because it was a different genre to that which I normally read. It was really original, and I was surprised how different it was to some of the book I have already read by M.M. I found it a bit strange at the beginning, because it was unusual to read about somebody younger than myself. After a while though I got used to it and really got involoved in the book. My favourite parts were from when Arthur got married, to the end of the book. I don't really know why, but I suppose it was because it seemed more realistic. While I thought this was another absorbing book, I believe there are better books in the BBA shortlist. Still, it is definitely a good read!

Review by Sarah - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 4 star

I thought that this book was quite good even if it was emotionlly very sad. I thought that the descriptive language used was OK but it could have been a bit better. The characters were very realistic and I couldnt put the book down unless forced.

Review by Jamie - Rushcliffe School
This book is rated 5 star

I think Alone on a Wide Wide Sea was very thought provoking and was a good fictional example of what happened to the children caught up in the aftermath of WW2. It is a harrowing and sad story of one boy overcoming his abuse and everything comes together really well at the end. I loved how the story was told in 2 parts that was a great idea!

Review by Poppy - Nottingham Girls' High
This book is rated 5 star

This book is fab I am glad that this was my first book we read because it is great. It is thrilling and you wonder what will happen later so that is a very big surpise. There are some quite sad bits so watch out for them, but it's not very good at first.

Review by Jordan - Bramcote Hills Sports and Community College
This book is rated 4 star

This book has an original story line but is really sad.

Review by Lyndz - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 3 star

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea is a book about a boy called Arthur Hobhouse who is sent away to the other side of the world. He is left as a slave with nothing but a key to remind him of his sister.

Review by molly - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

This is a great book for boys and girls. It is a true story. If you like diaries, adventure and mystery this story is for you but you need to read the first part of the book to know what the second part is about. It is really sad but really good. It is about a boy called Arthur from when he was six to when he died and after he died when his daughter takes over the story. It is about Arthur being taken to Australia because of the war and he meets lots of people and the book says about his life and basically takes you on a journey through Arthurs life. Overall it is a brilliant book.

Review by Emma - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This story comes in two halves. The first is about the life of Arthur and the second is about his daughter, Allie. The first part of the story centres around the life of a young boy called Arthur. There are such moving events in his life that the reader experiences the whole range of emotions. I loved the relationship Arthur and Marty have with Aunty Megs and her menagerie of animals. What amazed me most about the book was the utter determination of Allie out on the wild ocean. There was one moment when something disastrous happens it is heart-stopping. At this point Allie could have just given up.

Review by Mrs Davison - LRC Manager - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

There is a momentous part of the story when something very sad happens to Arthur Hobhouse and it makes his daughter, Allie, determined to go sailing around the world. What I didn't enjoy was when Allie finally finds her Aunt Kitty and discovers the mystery to the key. I thought that the key would lead to something more mysterious and precious.

Review by Jaimin - Ellis Guilford School
This book is rated 4 star

Alone on the Wide Wide Sea will capture the hearts of both girls and boys alike and will not fail to bring a tear to your eyes.

Review by lyndz - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

This book is a delightful book. It has delicate characters. Journey through the difficult life of Arthur Hobhouse and his daughter, Kitty. Michael Morgurgo creative writing has won my heart. Its an true and gripping story set in the heart of Austraila.The characters are well described within the story and there personal emotions spill outside the book. Whilst reading the book, you can literally feel Arthur's Hobhouses's feeling's as a young orphan. The plot is breath-taking. Join Arthur and Kitty Hobhouses's Rollercoaster with the sea ...

Review by Ashufta - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

This book was excellent with a great variety of language,a very interesting plot and it created an amazingly real mental picture in your head. It was one of the best books I've ever read, keeping me captivated through to the end. I would definately recommend this book.

Review by Paige - Brunts Comprehensive School
This book is rated 4 star

The book Alone on a wide wide sea is a great book I give it a four because when his step brothers dies the book starts falling apart because then a lot of the family starts passing away and it starts upsetting you beause at the end of the day the book is like really true and even though you know its not, it feels like it is, so you find it hard to carry on reading.I really like the book and i would read it again any time, by the way dont judge the book by the cover, because its fab.

Review by Jordan - Bramcote Hills Sports and Community College
This book is rated 4 star

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Review by adam - Colonel Frank Seely Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

The book is in two parts and the first part is the history of Arthur Hobhouse. It is a great book and the second part seems so happy but it is a bit saddening when Allie's dad is found to have a brain tumor and when the albatross dies. When marty Arthur's friend drowns it is really sickening because Marty was drunk when it happened. But still Arthur persued his dream of boat building.

Review by Jordan - Retford Oaks Academy
This book is rated 5 star

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Review by JimmiXzSq - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I think it was an amazing adventure as we go through Arthur's life and the journey that Allie has sailing a boat from Australia to England on Kitty Four. I disagree with Michel Morpurgo in the killing of the albatross. But it had a lovely ending when they found Arthur's long lost sister, Kitty.

Review by Charlie - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

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Review by JimmiXzSq - The Kimberley School
This book is rated 5 star

I loved this book and it is for girls and boys.This book is amazingly written, by an amazing author.At times in the book I was crying or laughing.This adventure book tells a true story about a boy who gets sent away to Australia.I could not put this book down and I would say it is the best book out of the short list and I think it is long but as soon as your reading it you cant put it down.

Review by Philippa - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea is a sad read, but has a great storyline, and interesting characters. Michael Morpurgo has cleverly used a parallel narrative to express the feelings of Father and daughter.

Review by Lydia - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book has a format, plot and twists like no other.It is purely unique as the plot has a mighty rollercoaster ride and the emotions of all the characters are thrown into the air.The book at first is not what it may seem for the most part into does not have the qualities of that may seem it may have. It is not really a story but of a report or letter or anything along the lines of recalling a story and there are two 1st persons both of which recall their story and not actually "doing" the story. However as you get into the book it really lives up to its title and tells a sad gripping tale of a boy who was cut short of his dreams and all he had all that he got through and accomplished is washed away.

Review by James - Chilwell School
This book is rated 3 star

This book is an awesome book to read and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and if someone says that it is just for girls, it is for boys as well because it is based on a boy.

Review by Anna - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

Alone on a Wide Wide sea is a very sad story. Even though it was sad I really enjoyed reading it. There are two parts to the story Arthur's story and kitty 4s story. The best bits were learning about what life was like in Australia.

Review by Jessica - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

I love this book and think it is for both boys and girls.You can't put the book down and at times I cried and laughed.It is an amazing book writen by an amazing auther about a boy.I think this is the best book out of them all

Review by Philippa - Chilwell School
This book is rated 4 star

Alone on a wide, wide sea is an amazing book by an amazing author Michael Morpurgo. It captures both hearts of both boys and girls. It has fun parts and sad parts. It is truly a fantastic novel for anybody of any age to read, EVEN BOYS! It tells of the fear and anxiety of a young boy in 1947. A really good book.

Review by James - Chilwell School
This book is rated 5 star

Would you like a book with lots of sadness, happiness and excitement blended together? Then Alone On A Wide Wide Sea is the perfect book for you. Arthur, who is the boy who tells this tragic story, is a amazing character! Later on in the book, Arthur decides to sail the seas to find his long lost sister, Kitty, with his daughter. But Arther dies of a heart attack so his daughter has to do it on her own. I find this part really interesting as the story teller swaps from Arthur, to his daughter. Alone 0n A Wide Wide Sea starts off as a normal childhood setting, but soon turns into a totally involving and page turning read! It shows how a young child feels to be neglected and to have their world turned upside down.

Review by Jessica - Brunts Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

Alone on a wide wide sea is a very interesting and moving book about a boy who is sent to Australia in a boat. He goes through many hard times and there is many ups and downs. It is a book for girls and boys 10+.

Review by Oliver - Brunts Comprehensive School
This book is rated 5 star

Clever twists, an original storyline, gorgeous use of language and interesting settings, combine to make a superb book. This is a must-have book and a fantastic read, making the reader feel a whole range of emotions they may have never felt before. It is the sort of book that makes you tingle with excitement, thrills, fear and happiness. An altogether outstanding book with a lot going for it, in my opinion.

Review by Imogen - Nottingham Girls' High