Born to run is one of Michael Morpurgo number one selling books. Michael Morpurgo has made a variety of books such as,classic books for children, classic books for adults, action books and fictional stories. He has won many awards such as the Smarties award, Whitebread Prize, Red House Children’s Book Award and The Blue Peter Book Award. In 2005 he was called the Author of the Year.
In Born to Run there is a dog with many names and owners throughout the whole story. It starts of with a boy named Patrick. On the way to school, Patrick saw a bag moving slowly along the canal. It looked suspicious so he jumped into the canal. When he lifted it up, it was surprisingly heavy. He lifted out of the canal and to his surprise, he found five dogs. Out of those five dogs, there was one that shined out the most to him. He asked his mum if he could bring this dog home. At first, She said no but then thought about it and accepted the dog into the house. Patrick decided to called his dog Best Mate.
One day, he took Best Mate to the park near to his house. When he told Best Mate to go run, he wouldn’t listen. But he told again and this time, Best Mate trusted Patrick and ran fast and far. Before he knew it, Best Mate got captured and taken away to a guy called Craig. Craig took Best Mate away to his farmyard where his daughter, Becky and her mother. Craig gave Best Mate to Becky and called him Brighteye. Becky decided to leave her house because she was so angry of her dad. She took Brighteyes with her as well. On the streets she found a car park to sleep in. During the middle of the night she was woken up by a guy with a dog. The dog bit into Becky wrist. Luckily, she manage to escape but unfortunately she had a really bad wrist, dripping with a gallon of blood. She sat and had a little nap. Then came a ambulance and took her to the hospital. Brighteyes followed until he reached the hospital. They didn’t allow him in so he waited outside until a guy called Joe came. Then came Becky’s mum. She stopped and said to Joe that he could have it because, Becky couldn’t afford to have him.
So Joe took him to his ship and named him Paddywack. It was a normal day when Paddywack started barking when they went under a bridge. It was very weird to him. All of a sudden, Paddywack jumped out and swam to shore. It was the park that Patrick took him to. In the distance, he saw that Patrick was at the top of the hill with a dog that was grey. When Paddywack went towards to Patrick, Patrick didn’t recognize him. But a few seconds later remembered him and hugged him. Joe caught up and went to take Paddywack back to the ship. As Paddywack went, he took the last glimpse of Patrick.
As you have read, the main character are Patrick,Becky,Joe and the dog. In my opinion, my favorite character is the dog because, he was throughout the whole of the story. Born to Run is a children’s book, so it would be recommended to a child that is 7-8 years old.