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For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday. It's an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them - things like the death of Will's father.

And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that's when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running.

With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he's not completely alone...

He's got Oona.

©2009 HarperCollins Publishers; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Catherine
  • 04-27-11

Superb

This has kept the family of adults and two girls (11 and 9) enthralled through some long holiday car journeys. A sad start but absolutely gripping in the jungle.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • NAISHAD
  • 11-01-16

Michael murpurgos running wild

this book was narrated by Michael Murpurgo himself. I recommend you read the book and listen to the audiobook at the same time

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  • Dream-Cloud
  • 08-15-15

Fantastic story

We loved this book and it made a journey stuck in traffic painless. Well read and a wonderful story to live in.

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  • S.A.M
  • 11-03-17

AMAZING!

I love this book because it describes the jungle really well. The souds of the jungle are the fruit bats flying over the trees and monkey swinging in the trees. The smells are the fruits like coconuts,mangoes and melon and the rain and some fires.It's the best book ever and I love the author.
Molly aged 8.

I listened to this at the same time and loved just as much. Grandmother to Molly aged ?

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  • Debbie H
  • 09-22-17

A book well worth reading

This story is an excellent read for children and adults. A compelling read from start to finish and throws light on the threats to the rain forests and its any inhabitants.

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  • Mel Q
  • 08-19-17

Brilliant!

We (myself, my husband and our children aged 7 & 9) all really enjoyed listening to this heartwarming story.

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  • TLK
  • 08-15-17

Another true masterpiece from Morpurgo

Such a gentleman reading an awesome story. Maybe one day I'll read one of Mr Morpurgo's stories without sobbing. Inspirational.

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  • Manu Ward
  • 07-05-17

Good family car-trip story

Entertained whole family, though possibly the language is too adult for our kids. Our 7 yr old girl became more captured once in the jungle. Our 6yr old girl lost attention often unless we explained it to her. Nevertheless successful, interesting, and topical. Would recommend it!

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  • Philip M.
  • 04-15-17

Perfect for school

Really enjoyed listening to it. My children in school will enjoy it too. Plus saves my reading it

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  • Christina
  • 01-15-17

Brilliant story, very emotive.

Excellent narration by Michael Morpurgo. Both children and adults will find this book very compelling.