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Footie-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, his parents’ separation and his school life. But nobody seems able to reach in and get Robbie to hear them. Even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, is unable to get Robbie to wake up. But one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Robbie’s dog Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky do the impossible, and bring Robbie back to life?

Fusing ingredients that boys love – dogs and football – and exploring a situation of the deepest gravity with warmth and understanding, this marvellous and unusual book tackles the subject of serious illness in a way that children can instantly relate to.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.4; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 112 pages




Michael Morpurgo

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  1. cupcake9484
    on 6 March 2016

    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!

  2. geekygirl5775books
    on 5 March 2016

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

    5 out of 5
  3. bookmad3
    on 24 May 2015

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

    5 out of 5
  4. onecoolcookie578
    on 14 March 2014

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

  5. Cheerforevers
    on 9 March 2014

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

  6. Roodieroo
    on 8 March 2014

    I really liked this book made me cry

  7. bookaholic202
    on 6 March 2014

    its all about how much you can love a dog

  8. TommieGirl1906
    on 27 February 2014

    I love this book. It is really sad but I love the ending. I will never forget this book. I love the way Michael Morpurgo uses newspaper articles throughout the story.

    5 out of 5
  9. daisystar
    on 21 August 2013

    Brilliant book, touching!

  10. rixyjas
    on 5 June 2013

    I read this book and it actually took me in with it. I felt upset while reading this book. When you have read this book you just think wow this is a true story as it is. This book is amazing and I would recommend it to people who like true stories with happy endings.

    5 out of 5
  11. bookstarmonkey4
    on 2 June 2013

    My class worked on this book it really is cool!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  12. pol09890
    on 28 May 2013

    This book is about a boy who gets knocked down by a car. He lies in a coma for weeks on end but is still able to hear and feel. His favourite footballer Zola comes to see him but still he does not wake. Will anything ever wake him and will he come back to how he was? Read the gripping tale to find out. I liked the fact it was written in first person( the boys point of view). I recommend it to anyone aged seven and over.

  13. sdeane910
    on 27 May 2013

    I personally think that this was one of the best and most fantastic books i have ever read. This book is 100% FANTASTIC!!!!!

  14. Emster123
    on 7 April 2013

    This book is short but sweet but bound to bring tears to your eyes as you read it! I don’t normally cry at books but I have to admit this book nearly did! This book is n Eiffel the saddest books I have ever read and it’s quite similar to the book called the longest whale song by Jacqueline Wilson (a brilliant book as well!). I would recommend book to anyone around 8-13 year old as it is very sad and heart-breaking!!

    This book is all about a boy called Robbie who sadly gets hit by a car and then is in a coma for a long time. Apsalutley everything won’t wake him up, even a visit from his hero, a world famous football player Zola and his friend and family. But the sadness thing is that robbie can hear everything that is going on and around him, he just can’t wake up. Will his dog Lucky wake him up?....... Xx

  15. lap312i
    on 8 March 2013

    another great book by michael morprugo

  16. Helloioioi
    on 8 March 2013

    a very good book about a boy in a coma.

  17. jesjen
    on 4 March 2013

    We read this book as a class and I describe it as tragic yet fun. That might sound a bit weird but if you read it, you can find out what I mean. What Guardian says is true!

  18. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    This is about a boy called Robbin who is in a coma and he won’t wake up. In the end he survives and gets to see his family again.

  19. powerpush22
    on 19 February 2013

    When I started to read the book I just couldn’t put it down.The book makes me think about what really happens.

  20. imi264
    on 16 July 2012

    This book is fantastic! Once I started it, I could not put it down! I read it in one night!

    5 out of 5
  21. thestickthing
    on 29 June 2012

    Very sad. But good

  22. Hali
    on 14 May 2012

    I loved this book.

    5 out of 5
  23. lemonade123
    on 12 May 2012

    This book is so sad :( but its amazing!

  24. AmyXx
    on 6 March 2012

    Great book! Sad at times but still great!

  25. svjimmy
    on 4 March 2012

    A very moving story with a happy ending and an awesome writer.

  26. dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

    This book is so emotional it is very good for young kids.

    5 out of 5
  27. Flissy22
    on 2 March 2012

    this is quite a sad book but i couldnt put it down when i was reading it i like it that much, i thought it was fab.

  28. pilgrim55
    on 2 March 2012

    good best book ever

  29. lids
    on 1 March 2012


  30. aeroaeromonkey
    on 1 March 2012

    This book brought me to tears it was so emotional. My favorite character was the dog.

    5 out of 5
  31. eve624860
    on 1 March 2012

    it looks funny and good

  32. smileitsfriday
    on 1 March 2012

    This book is COOL! When Robbie gets hit by a car, he gets put in a coma. He can’t wake up, however hard he tries! He can’t wake with the fact that his dog, Lucky, got run over…. * * * * ! :) Michael Morpurgo rules!

  33. dony8967
    on 15 January 2012

    it was very sad all through the book but it was a great ending.

    best michael mopurgo book

    5 out of 5
  34. pawprint2
    on 12 January 2012

    This book was kinda short but I loved it all the same! And you don’t have to be a football fan to like it cause it’s not all about sports you know.


    5 out of 5
  35. MaYaM-XD
    on 7 October 2011

    Loved this book. Maybe a bit sad. But it had a great ending to a fantastically built up story. Loved the theme! Another great book by a great author.

    I rate it * (5 stars)!

    5 out of 5
  36. Rainbowgirl
    on 3 October 2011

    I like the book becouse it is nice

  37. booksrcul
    on 2 August 2011

    Super duper good read! It has an interesting idea, too!

    5 out of 5
  38. annie12
    on 8 July 2011

    i have read this book before but i would surely like to read it again! it is so powerful and so moving, it could bring you to tears. and the dog is so sweet, he like does miracles, i would also like to read this book again cos i love animals. just adorable!

  39. minigarethbale
    on 22 March 2011

    makes you feel like you are in this book.sad and devastating,in fact,makes me want to cry.

    5 out of 5
  40. moshimonsters
    on 13 March 2011

    we have read it in school its fab

    5 out of 5
  41. Fumatory
    on 3 March 2011

    I loved this story. It had a slightly predictable ending, but unlike other stories with predictable endings I wanted to read to the end. I loved the way it was told in the eyes of Robbie. I felt for him, not being able to move, speak or even open his eyes. I want to read this again. And would defiantly recommend.

  42. Lolaloo1
    on 3 March 2011

    This is one of the greatest books ever because you know that Robbie could be a coma for ages. I find it sweet how alot of the story is based around a boy and his dog.

  43. candyfloss1
    on 23 January 2011

    I love this book this is the best book in the world an i recomend this book to people who enjoy reading i also thought it could have cool 2 i think it should come out number 2 please can micheal morpurgo write cool 2 i am gonna send letters to him i hope he does i enjoy his books so badly thank you for reading lovley books thanks

    5 out of 5
  44. Anne6
    on 14 January 2011

    Love this book it seems soo… Realistic and true all through the story you keep guessing if the dog is alive!

    5 out of 5
  45. BookxLoverx11
    on 7 November 2010

    I read it a few years sgo and the story still sticks in my mind because of it`s moving abillities!

    5 out of 5
  46. pollie
    on 18 September 2010

    i really like micheal morpurgos books we were reading them in class ZOLA is cool the best football champ i also like tracey and mr smellybreath but im glad im not in that hospital with mr smellybreath breahing all over me i really like micheal morpurgo one day please try to visit edgebury priamary school once we had jeremy strong come too that was cool! really cool ! bye please do come and visit elle edgebury primary school

    4 out of 5
  47. Molly13579
    on 30 July 2010

    Hi This book is all about a boy in a coma and will not wake up even a famous footballer will not help matters seeing him but in the end he wakes up after his dog Lucky comes and saves the day. From Kim Rawlings Michael Morpurgo Super Fan

  48. glitterdolphin
    on 28 April 2010

    It was so sad….BOO HOO.

    5 out of 5
  49. hattiev
    on 27 February 2010

    I recommend this book because it is moving and exciting at the same time!

        I loved it!
    5 out of 5
  50. Africa1626
    on 3 February 2010

    This is a brill book all about a boy in a coma, and all he wants is his pet dog lucky.

    5 out of 5
  51. alpaca
    on 25 January 2010

    I adore this book! :)

    5 out of 5
  52. mini3
    on 19 January 2010

    sad but lovely i love the way the nurs treats the boy in coma!!!!

    5 out of 5
  53. alidai92
    on 19 September 2009

    i loved this book !

    5 out of 5
  54. hornet
    on 2 September 2009

    this is a great book

    5 out of 5
  55. simpreet
    on 25 July 2009

    a sad unique story about a boy in coma and a dog.

    5 out of 5
  56. 3456tulip
    on 19 May 2009

    Really good, really sad

    5 out of 5
  57. Soapi-Sixpence
    on 30 April 2009

    I love cool all the sadness the not waking up and then the dog brings him back!

    5 out of 5
  58. jonaid
    on 30 January 2009