“Sometimes I tell myself that maybe I’m in the middle of a bad dream… I’m locked inside my head and I can’t get out.”

Football-mad Robbie is lying in a coma after being hit by a car. Now he’s locked in his body, unable to move or speak. As Robbie lies on the hospital bed, thoughts drift through his mind: thoughts of his life outside, his family and friends. But nobody seems able to reach in and get Robbie to wake up. Even a visit from Zola, his favourite footballer, doesn’t help. Then one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Robbie’s dog Lucky to his bed. Can Lucky do the impossible, and awaken him? A powerful story of hope and courage from best-loved author Michael Morpurgo.

“Absorbing and satisfying… with a real story at its heart.” Guardian

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  • I love this book because it is so, well cool! It is about a boy named Robbie Ainsely and he loves football and his dog, Lucky. One day, he gets sent out to walk Lucky, but suddenly a car comes round the corner out of nowhere an hits Robbie! The book is based around what Robbie says in his head. He thinks that coma sounds like comma, read the whole book to see if his coma is a comma and not a full stop!

    6 March 2016

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    it is amazing i love the happy ending i would recommend it to anyone

    5 March 2016

  • loved it

    A great book! It was absolutely brilliant. Sad at times but happy too.

    24 May 2015

  • this a great book a bit sad but really good read it twice and i would read it again

    14 March 2014

  • This is about a boy alled robbie who is in a coma

    9 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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