Born to Run
Discover the beautiful stories of Michael Morpurgo, author of Warhorse and the nation’s favourite storyteller
Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound’s journey through life – and from owner to owner...
“The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning.”
When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can’t bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn’t he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep – only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face!
Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that’s what he becomes. Patrick’s favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer’s step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can’t run any more?
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Review: Born to RunUser Review - Fraser L - Goodreads
I thought that this was a very good book and had a great storyline. I really liked it how the whole novel was based around the Dog's journey around the different places he went in his life. Read full review
Review: Born to RunUser Review - Adrianna - Goodreads
This tale of a dog with a billion lives is one of my best reads so far. Brilliantly written; Cried more than a couple of times. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. Sad, but a ... Read full review