Born to Run

A moving story of joy and heartbreak from former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he keeps a special one: Best Mate. Best Mate can run like a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. But then he is kidnapped and turned into a champion racer. What will happen when Best Mate can’t run any more? In this unstoppable story of friendship, injustice, chance and change, champion author Michael Morpurgo spins a dramatic tale to make your heart race.

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  • loved it

    I loved this book so much! I love all Micheal Morpurgo books but for me this one really stood out.

    1 July 2023

  • loved it

    this is a sad story it almost made me cry. you have to read this book.

    8 October 2017

  • loved it

    I feel so sorry for that poor dog. So many owners and names . That’s one incredible dog indeed. 100/100

    26 February 2017

  • loved it

    Another fantastic book from Micheal Morpurgo. This is a heartwarming book about friendship , trust and the love this beautiful greyhound has for his owners. I highly recommend this wonderful book. If u start it you’ll never put it down.READ THIS BOOK.!😆😆

    17 April 2016

  • loved it

    Born to run is a heart warming story written by an excellent author but remember to keep a box of tissues near by as it is quite sad.

    5 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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