Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after World War Two, he is torn from his sister, his country and everything he has ever known. A long journey lies ahead: a journey of enormous hardships. Taking courage from his friend, fellow orphan Marty, and the extraordinary people he meets along the way, Arthur finally settles in Australia, discovering a talent for boat-design and sailing.

Now, years later, he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie – a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the tangled threads of Arthur’s life come together at last?

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  • liked it

    So sad.

    24 December 2014

  • I would be awsome if they got a book that’s like the musical wicked and had the songs in and this book looks amazing and intresting

    9 June 2014

  • liked it

    Athur is separated from his sister and sent to the other side of the world.This extraordinary journey continues as he and his friend Marty survive brutal captivity on a working farm…will the threads of Arthur’s life finally come together?

    10 March 2014

  • The story plot was similar to another book i had read so i thought it was okay.

    9 March 2014

  • loved it

    Book for the young and old, this story will take the reader on the journey of a lifetime.

    4 March 2014

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    Michael Morpurgo

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.


    Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.

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