Kensuke’s Kingdom

When Michael’s parents both lose their jobs, they opt for a more hopeful mode of escape and set off on an adventure sailing around the world on their yacht, Peggy Sue. One night, Michael is on lookout with his sheepdog Stella Artois, but he falls into the water … eventually to wash up on a deserted island. Struggling to survive on his own, Michael wakes up daily to a bowl of fish, fruit and fresh water. Who is leaving the food for him? Is there someone else on the island? And will he ever see his parents again? This story of a modern-day Robinson Crusoe is subtly told, but Morpurgo writes with plenty of feeling and drama, which will keep you very firmly hooked.

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