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Cool! (Paperback, New Ed)

Michael Morpurgo; Illustrated by Michael Foreman

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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)

'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.'

Robbie lies in a coma, after a terrible car accident involving his dog, Lucky. He can hear, but he can't move or speak. He can't tell his family that he loves them, that he's going to be OK. Everyone comes to visit him – even the famous Chelsea footballer Zola. But Robbie is on the brink of death and nothing is working. Will they ever be able to bring him back?


Imprint: HarperCollins Children's Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: March 2003
Authors: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrators: Michael Foreman
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 8mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 102
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-713104-4
Barcode: 9780007131044
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
Books > Children's & Educational > Life skills & personal awareness, general studies
Books > Children's & Educational > Life skills & personal awareness, general studies > General
LSN: 0-00-713104-6

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