Why the Whales Came

Suitable for 7 - 12 years

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An exciting tale of friendship and adventure from a much-loved author. Gracie and Daniel have been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But one day they find a mysterious message in the sand, and realise that the Birdman is not who they thought. Before long, they build up a firm friendship with him. But should they believe the Birdman’s story that the island is cursed? Set on a remote island against the backdrop of World War I, this story will enchant young readers.

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AR book level: 5.2; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 160 pages




Michael Morpurgo

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  1. R2-D2
    on 10 April 2022

    I have this, I’ve read it and watched the movie, the book was very good.

    5out of 5
  2. Ibizarocks
    on 15 November 2015

    A classic Michael Morpurgo book. A sad, funny and magical story. Altogether a fantastic book.

  3. bookmad3
    on 28 October 2015

    This book is really good. All Michael Morpurgo fans should read it!

    5out of 5
  4. Ibiza1000
    on 1 July 2015

    Great Book!!!!

    5out of 5
  5. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    loved it

    5out of 5
  6. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

    This really made me think about how cruel people can be to animals, It is a lovely book and i give it 8 out of 10

  7. Macarw
    on 6 March 2014

    It was pretty boring about a girl and a boy. The only exciting bit was the birdman.

    3out of 5
  8. Emerald5
    on 20 October 2013

    Right now i am reading this book. Its weird why the man is called birdman.

    3out of 5
  9. Nashdasher
    on 8 March 2013

    A great mystery the start was bit confusing but it did clear up at the end

  10. Sherlock25
    on 8 March 2013

    I really enjoyed this book, we read it in school and it was really interesting and a good read

  11. ninjastickman
    on 7 March 2013

    Two siblings, gracie and daniel, in a village are told to keep away from the crazy bird man. But they go out to sail a boat and they find a message in the sand and they become friends with the birdman. But then the whales come! I would recommend as an age rating for the book 9-12

    4out of 5
  12. smileitsfriday
    on 4 March 2012

    This book confused me, but then i carried on and it finally made sense! * * * *

  13. dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

    A great mystery adventure I enjoy it a lot. 5*

  14. twistofgold11
    on 1 March 2012

    I liked the era it was set in, the mystery and the sheer enjoyment of it all! Could’nt put the book down- though a few parts were a bit dull for me…

    4out of 5
  15. pawprint2
    on 4 January 2012

    this is a great book!!!I love it

    3out of 5
  16. popstar19631961
    on 9 June 2011

    I knew i was gong to like this book form the star but we had to reed surtan chapters each week because we were reading as a group and had to answer qustions but the tike is a bit pointless because it say’s Why the Whales came but the Whales don’y come to the end of the book and are only in about 4 chapters but other than that it was still great

  17. kelandab
    on 3 March 2011

    I loved this book. its good at the end when you find out why it is called what it is.

    4out of 5
  18. elsdon
    on 3 March 2011

    this cahn be a little sad at times but is a great read if you can get to the happy end

    5out of 5
  19. pianostar412
    on 24 January 2011

    I’ve just started reading this book, and so far its brilliant! I think this book is for anyone who wants an aventure. M.J.M :)

  20. Molly13579
    on 2 December 2010

    I love this book because the whales are set free. From KIm Rawlings

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