Running Wild Book reviews


Author(s): Michael MorpurgoDownload  


An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the bestselling author of Kaspar and Born to Run. 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.

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Isabelle rated it      

A great story about a boy, and how an elephant saves the boy’s life from terrible disasters. I could always visualizing what happened. The author, Michael Morpurgo, was very descriptive in this story. I was very surprised by the end, but I loved the end just as it was. I laughed out loud many many times in this story, as well as cried one or two times.

The relantionship that Will, the boy, and Oona, the elephant, had was incredible. They were like best friends, and when they got seprated they always found their ways back to each other with much effort. I really wanted to be with Will and Oona through their journeys. After I finsihed the book, I missed Oona and Will.

This story somewhat changed the way I look at life. Their are many struggles, but with friends and family you can and will make it.

I also loved Charlie, Tonk, and Bart. They depened on Will, and Will was always there for them. He helped them through every moment of there struggles.

The Other One, after you read the book, you will know exactly who this is, turned out to save their lives. The Other One lead them to safety and away from the fires.

The whole book is great! I absolutely reccomend it to all readers!


Dafna rated it     

Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo Is a book about a boy named Will. Will has lost his father and is still recovering, to escape from all the sadness Will and his mom take a trip to Indonesia. The elephant, Oona, Will was riding starts moving away from the beach as if she was scared. Faster than Will is able to realize a tsunami comes crashing in and Oona begins to run towards the jungle. This book is a story about how Will has to survive in the jungle with nothing but his companion, Oona.

I really enjoy Michael Morpurgo’s story lines, most of them are adventurous and emotional making his books good reads. I think his style of writing is also very descriptive making his books engaging and entertaining.

This book was recommended in class by a friend, She said she found the book emotional but said the start was uninteresting. I completely agree with both opinions, the start of the book was uninteresting as there was no action because all the characters were being introduced. However, Will’s survival adds adventure and excitement to the book and the bond that Will creates with Oona is heart melting. Although it was quite sad I really enjoyed the thrill and mix of emotions in this book.

Overall I think this book is great and will leave readers in tears, I recommend this book to every age and every type of reader!


Emily rated it      

I couldn’t put the book down because you felt like if you did then something would happen and you wouldn’t see it. It’s an epic story of a boy who loses his mum because of a tidal wave on the beach, the only reason he is alive is because of one clever Elephant. He was having a ride when the Elephant went all strange and ran off, the boy doesn’t know how to stop the Elephant and starts panicking. After a few days it dawns on him that he has lost his mum, as well as his dad. He starts to make friends with the Elephant and tries to communicate using some type of sign language, unfortunately the Elephant would only stop when it was hungry and tired. While in the woods the boy gets used to his surroundings and also makes friends with the animals.
He gets really ill and collapses, the Elephant takes him to a place to stay and he gets treated kindly. His grandparents get called and he has to start getting used to his life without his parents which is hard!

Kaida Ashia

Kaida Ashia rated it      

Running wild is a young adult novel based on events that have and are happening. As stated at the end ‘it is a book that everyone in the world should know because its full of hope and determination.’

When i first started this book i thought it would be a drag, the first twelve pages were about a train journey. However the story slowly progressed and i found i couldnt put it down.
After sensing a tsunami Oona an elephant that Will was riding carries him off into the jungle far away till she feels safe. Will survives in the jungle with an elephant and orangutans using instinct and the environment to stay alive.

the story tackles the issues of poaching, deforestation, loss and despair and teaches young readers the basic of what is happening to our rainforests and its creatures, always with hope and determination that things can change.

A heart touching story that is sometimes sad but well worth the read!

Alyssa Austin

Alyssa Austin rated it      

Im an in love with this book! I usually don’t like to read realistic fiction and find it boring or very descriptive about literally EVERYTHING. However, this book started off with a bang. Tragedy struck his life then instead of writing the whole book around the fact that that it happened (like I had thought it would) but it surprises you and the book comes back and slaps you across the face. Then, just as a sense of peace and tranquil comes over the characters, the book reaches out and slaps you in the face again. This book has kept me on my toes for every waking moment. I find myself racing towards it, bracing myself for the next slap. Reading this book is like dancing with a tiger, a continuous cycle of shocking moments, dodging, and gasping. I would defiantly recommend this book to everyone, even if you don’t like this genre please read it. Thank you to Laura for recommending this book to me!


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