+612 9045 4394
 
CHECKOUT
Cool! - Michael Morpurgo

Paperback Published: 3rd March 2003
ISBN: 9780007131044
Number Of Pages: 103
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old

Other Formats

Share This Book:

Paperback

RRP $17.99
$12.75
29%
OFF
In Stock
Enter an Australian post code for delivery estimate

Earn 26 Qantas Points
on this Book

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.

Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma -- victim of a car accident.

Robbie, football fan and animal lover, runs after his dog Lucky one day when he chases a cat and is hit by a car. Unconscious, Robbie lies in hospital, unable to speak, move or eat. But he can hear; he is aware, even though his family and friends don't know this.

Inside his head, we hear Robbie's thoughts; on his Mum and sister, why his parents are separated. His friends and family try desperately to reach him -- even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, comes to see him. And still Robbie can't 'wake up'.

Until one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky bring Robbie back to life?

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award.

Industry Reviews

Michael Morpurgo is one of today's most highly acclaimed children's authors. His works cover the whole gamut of young people's experience, from Arthurian fantasy to the foot-and-mouth crisis. This brief novel belongs in a class of its own. A mere hundred or so pages long, it's is a masterpiece of compassion, and the young hero, fighting for his life in a Devon hospital, is an inspiration to every child facing a time of crisis. Robbie Ainsley is just 10 when he is knocked down by a car as he attempts to rescue his dog, Lucky. He is rushed to hospital, but remains in a coma, unable to speak, move or see. However, he still has some of his senses - hearing, touch and smell - as well as a quicksilver mind, and this is Robbie's story of his life as experienced from his hospital bed. He imagines what his nurse looks like; he recalls the sensation of his Gran's powdery cheek against his own; he can smell his Mum's perfume; he listens avidly to the recorded voices of his classmates. But as the days and weeks pass by, Robbie shows no signs of recovery, and slips deeper into unconsciousness. His favourite Chelsea footballer visits him; the remorseful car driver travels down from Scotland to sit by his bed; yet no one seems able to trigger a response. As Robbie drifts into a deepening coma, those dearest to him are drawing nearer to each other in their distress. His parents decide to give their shaky marriage another go, and for much of the book this seems to be what Robbie has wanted above anything. Perhaps this can be the turning point - for if it can't drag him back from the brink of death, what can? Despite the humorous tone this is a deeply affecting novel, and one which could be used in many classrooms to great effect. Robbie faces despair, misery and frustration, yet his determination to get better keeps him going, however wretched he feels. The adults in this story all have something to learn from Robbie's example, and his experience has a powerful influence on all their lives. Ages 8+ (Kirkus UK)

Perfect for a reluctant reader

5

This book is great for readers aged 10 and up; for the confident readers but also for those that find reading a bit of a challenge. The language is simple and easy to comprehend yet the content is deep and mature. The author has a fantastic style and I believe it would appeal to anyone.

Melbourne

true

Cool!

5.0 1

100.0

ISBN: 9780007131044
ISBN-10: 0007131046
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 103
Published: 3rd March 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.6  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.097

Earn 26 Qantas Points
on this Book

Michael Morpurgo

About the Author


Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. 


After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write. He left teaching after ten years in order to set up 'Farms for City Children' with his wife. They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals. 

In 1999 this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth. He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life. Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books. 

Visit Michael Morpurgo's Booktopia Author Page