Kensuke's Kingdom

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Washed up on a remote island in a Pacific storm, Michael curls up and waits to die. But when he wakes, there is fresh fruit beside him. He is not alone… Michael Morpurgo’s vivid story of a young castaway’s struggle for survival is a true modern classic. Partly an adventure fantasy in the purest tradition, it also pulls together powerful and thought-provoking themes of love, loss, forgiveness, hope and redemption.

Winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award.

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Date published

March 9th, 2017

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.7; Middle years; 5.0 points

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  • 176 pages



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Michael Morpurgo

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  1. KATIE
    on 25 July 2011


    Me and the people in my school have been reading Kensukes Kingdom its a very sad book .

    i'll tell you a few things that happened .

    Theres a boy called Michael who gets thrown overbord and ends up on a ISLAND.


  2. lucy simpson
    on 17 May 2010

    kensuke`s kingdom

    i have never read this book but when i have enough money i might buy it and it may be the best book ever in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!!

    4out of 5
  3. Michael Johnson
    on 24 June 2009


    I think the book was very interesting,all books of this author is always fantastic and I obviously I like it because its my name and everyone whos name with Michael in is excelent!!!!

    5out of 5

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  1. Nioo61
    on 15 November 2016

    Kensukes Kingdom is an Amazing book it left me on the end of my seat at the end of every chapter. It is quite an magnificent book I couldn’t stop reading it at school so sneakily I carried on reading. At first I thought it would be really boring but as they say never judge a book by its cover. I would recommend this book to loads of people because it can inspire you to do the most creative things or even make you want to read any book because books are literally phenomenal.

    5out of 5
  2. polly567
    on 13 August 2016

    kensuke’s kingdom is a very good is about a boy michael and his dog stelle artios who have fallen out of their boat and have ended up on this island this is kensuke’s island .even though kensuke helps them he still does not want anyone coming on the island ,he divides the island into 2 and tells michael to stay on his part or he will be punished.

  3. Khushim2005
    on 22 July 2016

    I really enjoyed this book because it involves all types of genres: action, family, comedy and many other things.

    5out of 5
  4. happy-reading189
    on 26 June 2016

    Well it’s not so much of a bad book but I don’t really Michael Murpurgo as an author to be honest.

    4out of 5
  5. OwlGeek
    on 6 June 2016

    It was boring at the start but got better at the end😃

    Plus my teacher started crying wen reading out the letter at the end lol for the lols

    3out of 5
  6. pipusername
    on 2 June 2016

    It’s not that interesting

    1out of 5
  7. Stargirl12345
    on 4 March 2016

    it was ok and i did like it it got more intresting each time

    3out of 5
  8. eleanor100
    on 18 February 2016

    We read this at school last year and I didn’t enjoy it very much, but I think that it would have been better if we could read it at our own pace without having to think about the description etc.

  9. chattymat
    on 20 October 2014

    This book is quite adventurous but sometimes slightly boring in my opinion.

  10. m2
    on 18 October 2014

    Wen I read this book,I read it about 5 times.

    5out of 5
  11. lips456
    on 4 March 2014

    super book about a great journey of survival. amazing ending also.

  12. Teetee2040
    on 17 February 2014

    This was an amazing book! I read it at school and my friend has just borrowed it from the library. She said that it is really good, and I totally agree. I really enjoyed it. I give it 5 stars.


    5out of 5
  13. lazydaisy9803
    on 8 December 2013

    It was a awesome book! 5 stars

    5out of 5
  14. pinkgirl2
    on 2 December 2013

    this book is sad & exciting

  15. rosalina5858
    on 2 October 2013

    This book was absolutely amazing! read it in class

  16. elliewalkermsn43
    on 29 September 2013

    i loved this book i felt like i was in it it was that good so cool

    5out of 5
  17. Hettielou
    on 18 August 2013

    This book is about a boy called Michael who lives happily in England with his mum, dad and dog called Stella and part of a football team called the mud day his dad buys a yatch Called the Peggy sue and decides to sail around the world with his family. One day Michael is chasing Stella during a pacific storm and they both fall of the boat! He and Stella get marooned on dessert island. when Michael wakes up he finds fresh fruit and a bowl of clean water beside him! You will have to read the book to find out more.

    I would rate this book a 4/5 and recommend it for 9 – 12 years.

    4out of 5
  18. Nashdasher
    on 9 March 2013

    This book is unique and different it is also quite mysterious.

  19. queenie13
    on 8 March 2013

    love this book

    5out of 5
  20. samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    This book is amazing!

    When Michael gets washed up on an island, he meets another human.

    A fantastic read, and worth 10 stars.

    5out of 5
  21. ninjastickman
    on 7 March 2013

    When taken away from his school and his football team the mudlarks to go and live on a yacht michael is not overjoyed. But then his is thrown into the sea and he washes up on a small desert island. He thinks that he is alone on the island but when fruit appears beside him he rethinks his thoughts. I would recommend as an age rating for the book 9-12

    4out of 5
  22. lap312i
    on 6 March 2013

    i read it in my school. it was a good book. 9/10

  23. ellie-melay27
    on 5 March 2013

    really liked this book, since i read it in year 3. it was really good and i hope you like it too.

  24. A4WideRuledRefillPad
    on 4 March 2013

    People are always complaining that Michael Morpurgo writes too much about war. If you would prefer not to read about war, this book is an amazing place to start (:

  25. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    I would give it 5/5

  26. evil-penguin
    on 4 March 2013

    Although this book is sometimes sad, it is a very unique and different book from all the rest, and its like a not so old- fashioned Robinson Crusoe except it is a boy. This book is also quite mysterious and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure stories.

  27. skyecapper316
    on 26 January 2013

    this book was a great book, I really enjoyed was very sad but amazing it is really hard to explain a good book

    I would recommend this book to people who like loss and adventure.

  28. Cleopatra32
    on 22 December 2012

    AMAZING! Really clever! Another great book by M.M!

  29. booklove100
    on 16 November 2012

    I think it is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P : P

    5out of 5
  30. 2012theyear
    on 7 November 2012

    Simply The Best

  31. bookworm201228
    on 4 July 2012

    it is really good and it reels you in and makes you want to read more

    4out of 5
  32. thestickthing
    on 29 June 2012

    Great adventure

  33. grace69015676
    on 19 June 2012

    I love Kensuke’s Kingdom. I haven’t read all of it yet but so far I’m loving it. Go on, give it a go. Read it. It will blow your mind! A boy falls off a boat and has a wild adventure.

    5out of 5
  34. Ponymonster12
    on 9 June 2012

    I love this book we read it at school it is a very good boook because: .It is a loving tale .A tale about friendship . A tale with animals involved and even thought the mysterious man has split the island in two it doesnt stop Michael making friends with nnature whilst waiting for his mom and dad to come and rescue him. A moden classic of a castaway and a big adventure !!! :)

    5out of 5
  35. Rose262
    on 25 May 2012

    It is okay but not my type of book

    2out of 5
  36. Doglover1414
    on 15 May 2012

    My brother recommended it to me, this book began my love of Michael Morpurgo’s books.

    4out of 5
  37. Strawberrypig12
    on 7 May 2012

    I loved this book! It kept me up most of the night! I would recommend it to anyone! Another great Michael Morpurgo book.

    4out of 5
  38. simpson22
    on 30 April 2012

    this is a very good book. i loved it

  39. smelanora
    on 24 April 2012

    It’s an amazing book i’ve read it about five times and still want to read it again and again! Just brilliant! :)

    5out of 5
  40. holly2002
    on 20 April 2012

    this book is riley good and you should read this book.

    5out of 5
  41. 123jojo35
    on 14 April 2012

    this was a great book. i loved it.

    5out of 5
  42. cat6
    on 13 April 2012

    this book is a moden robinson cruesoe and it is very better the reason it is called kensuke kingdom is because there a man called kensuke(about 80)and that is his island

    5out of 5
  43. smileitsfriday
    on 4 March 2012

    Amazing. Sounds really real, with real bits in places. When I first read this, I thought it was true story! * * * *

  44. la1397
    on 4 March 2012

    I read this book with school when i was in year 4, and enjoyed it although not as much as i hoped. I thought it was good, but not as good as some other books by this author, like i believe in unicorns.

  45. svjimmy
    on 4 March 2012

    A magical and mystical story.Amazing.I loved it.

  46. nikki657
    on 3 March 2012


  47. mogsom
    on 3 March 2012

    it is about a boat

    5out of 5
  48. dashernasher
    on 3 March 2012

    i really like this intresting book

  49. sweethart184
    on 2 March 2012

    a lovely book

  50. moonlight4
    on 2 March 2012

    it is interesting and wonderful story

  51. lids
    on 1 March 2012


  52. angelslater
    on 1 March 2012

    i read this book in school and really enjoyed.

    5out of 5
  53. pawprint2
    on 21 February 2012

    LOL i <3 this book.i wish tat the end was a little less sad i almost cried :(


    5out of 5
  54. Robbiegrowler
    on 18 September 2011

    my teacher read this 2 me and at first I thought 0 is this another one of the boring books she reads by the end I wanted to read it again and again forcanly I can and will.

  55. read123
    on 14 September 2011

    good book very adventurous and has a happy and sad ending.

    5out of 5
  56. footiegirl
    on 1 September 2011

    i love michael morpurgo and this just has to be one of his best books!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  57. booksrcul
    on 28 July 2011

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You MUST read this. I am a Michael Morpurgo fan!

    5out of 5
  58. booksrbrill
    on 20 July 2011

    Great book. Based on something that actually happened in real life.

    4out of 5
  59. emilythetiger
    on 10 July 2011

    michal morpurgo is great! if you know this qustuin then you are great, how many books has michal morpurgo have published?

    5out of 5
  60. snoozy24
    on 6 June 2011

    i loved kensukes kingdom it is the best book i have ever read something i cried and somethings laughed as a child i say kensukes kingdom as the best book i have ever read

  61. nikkisanniv
    on 6 June 2011

    it was so good and adventureous

  62. phia3008
    on 3 June 2011

    hi everyone my teacher read a little bit of this book to me and my class in school and my mum bought it for me for easter too! but i havent read it yet. from phia3008 x

    4out of 5
  63. cutiepie8581
    on 17 May 2011

    I thought it was really good and verry catchy!!! i would recomend it for people between the ages of 8+12 really brill!!!

    5out of 5
  64. KatnissIsMyIdol
    on 4 May 2011

    I really liked this book.Reading it on your own can be helpful to look those words up in a dictionary.

    Reading it to someone is also good to see if you know what the words mean or if whoever your reading it too Knows either.

    I had it read to my class by our teacher Miss Foster who stopped at every haard word until someone explained the word or until someone asked or until someone looked it up in a dictionary.

    Even so anyone with enough wits and guts could read it.

  65. donnelly54
    on 25 April 2011

    my teacher from last year read it to the hole class and its a really good book.

    4out of 5
  66. Rishita
    on 23 April 2011

    Very adventures and unusual yet enjoyable book

  67. mathumitha
    on 23 April 2011

    i read this book as my school book,well at school.michael discovers himself that one dark night he falls from a boat with his dog stella but then he finds himself that his parents has been whooshed upon the island.michael feels lonely and sad in the island and so does stella. as stella finds it boring she runs away as so as she doesn,t care about michael…. well then as the days went michael finds a friend which helps him giving foods….. But in some parts of the features i did find it sad and when you may read this book you may loose your smile…. have a go reading this book and you,ll be in a magical spearet…............

  68. lucy11
    on 9 April 2011

    This is a fabulous book and I would recomend it to EVERONE.:}

    5out of 5
  69. booksmart
    on 27 March 2011

    Loved it all the way!!

    5out of 5
  70. Tess282
    on 24 March 2011

    It was a very good book but i think some of the ideas were pinched from treasure island!

    4out of 5
  71. cynthia558800
    on 19 March 2011

    I was the best book EVER!

    5out of 5
  72. anakha
    on 12 March 2011

    Ithought this book was great and adventurous. i like it alot and i would like to meet micheal morpurgo one day

    5out of 5
  73. prestar
    on 10 March 2011

    The book is very exciting and tense

    5out of 5
  74. bellaxox2011
    on 10 March 2011

    My teacher read this book to my class and I tought it was fantastic I would advise everyone to read this!!!!

    5out of 5
  75. coolcasey
    on 9 March 2011

    Ive read this book i reccomend it to a 10 year old and a boy.

    3out of 5
  76. Anne6
    on 6 March 2011

    I love this book i read it as a class novel Kensuke is a realy nice character and i realy feel sorry for him!my faveroute bit is when the (killer men) come this made me sit on the edge of my seat when you read this book you will see a different laungige when you read it try and gues what “damada” means im sure you will find out!

  77. DpLilac7
    on 5 March 2011

    A good book, it’s very adventerous but a little tedious at times and can sometimes take a long time to get to the point or the main plot. Once it gets to the point, it is very good.

    2out of 5
  78. migit1
    on 5 March 2011

    where do i begin? this book is….. brilliant!!!!!!!!!!

  79. fizzpop01
    on 3 March 2011

    i love this book its amazing

  80. SillyylliS
    on 3 March 2011

    If you start reading this and find it boring dont put it down!! It was boring at the begining but it is a great book when you get past the first couple of chapters!

    5out of 5
  81. cutekittens
    on 3 March 2011

    love this book alot,very good book to read!!!!!

  82. ribena
    on 3 March 2011

    I didn’t really understand this book and found it very hard to get into.

    2out of 5
  83. monkey00
    on 3 March 2011

    i have read the blurb it looks really cool!!!!!

  84. Clockwise-Air
    on 3 March 2011

    Reading this book at school. Fantastic so far!!!! MUST GET 4 OUT OF 5

  85. Lolaloo1
    on 3 March 2011

    This is a great book for people of all ages to read. It grips you throughout but also has an emotional side. Highly recommended. Anyone can enjoy this book

    5out of 5
  86. gethi
    on 3 March 2011

    it was ok but some of it was boring

    3out of 5
  87. Fumatory
    on 3 March 2011

    This was a great book from Micheal Morpurgo. I read it as a class so went slower. But loved the book so much, I decided to buy the book. Have read again and still amazed as it is based on a true story. The pictures, few of them, are brilliant. They really help you imagine the story. On the front cover of the book I have, it says the book won the best children’s book award. Well worth it in my opinion. A gripping read that most would enjoy.

  88. Princess-Aysha
    on 3 March 2011

    When Michael dirfts onto a remote island in the middle of the ocean, with his dog: Stella Artois, he feels dread and worry. He expects to be trapped on the island with no food or hope, but someone is helping him and watching him. This book will make you drift away from reality.

    5out of 5
  89. cari0608
    on 3 March 2011

    I love michael morpurgo, he is an amazing author and although this book isn’t one of my favourites by him, it is still an amazing book.

    5out of 5
  90. funky11
    on 3 March 2011

    this was a amazing book!!!

    5out of 5
  91. pippy60
    on 3 March 2011

    Wow it is amazing

  92. cookie8
    on 2 March 2011

    It was good but some parts i could not understand. I would recommend this book to older people.

    4out of 5
  93. Lolo95
    on 1 March 2011

    It had a grear story to it the way they all love boating. They finally go on a round the world trip on a boat, a real must read story. I love this author and he writes a great mystery story with this book.

  94. cherry17
    on 28 February 2011

    I ordered thi book a couple of weeks ago and it has finally come. I am going to read it soon once I have finished the book I am previouslt reading. I am sure it will be great.

    4out of 5
  95. xxisabellatrixx
    on 27 February 2011

    i have read kensukes kingdom 3 times in total ad enjoyed it every time, written by one of y favourite authors of all time, i’d choose michael morpurgo over shakespeare any day!

  96. shabrin
    on 26 February 2011

    i relly like this book it a great story and i give it 5 star *

    5out of 5
  97. pirajaz
    on 26 February 2011

    One of the bestt bookksss

    5out of 5
  98. osnapitzsafa
    on 25 February 2011

    This book is amazing! I love it! I discovered this book and asked my teacher to read this book to the whole class at the end of every day! My favourite character is Michael and Stella(the dog).

    5out of 5
  99. Bookwormloveshollister
    on 23 February 2011

    I read this book in primary school, a few years ago and it’s a book that’s stuck in my head forever. It’s my favourite Michael Morpurgo book ever! All aboard the Peggy Sue! Join Michael on an adventure of high’s and low’s!

  100. deep24
    on 22 February 2011

    i thought that this book was really good and really descriptive and i thought it was great i woul recommend it to anyone!!!!

    5out of 5
  101. flossy1998
    on 21 February 2011

    I read this book in primary school,and my teacher actually cried it is sad but it is a good novel

    3out of 5
  102. melissa791
    on 19 February 2011

    This book kensuke’s kindom is our class reader whilst miss reas it for 15minutes at the end of the day everyone sits and draws i sit there and listen as i am well into this book

    5out of 5
  103. yasmin-lilac
    on 18 February 2011

    I absolutely LOVED this book! I read it in year six with the whole class and it was AMAZING! Great cliffhangers!

    5out of 5
  104. meg11
    on 17 February 2011

    This book is fantastic!Iread it and it’s like you’ve stepped into Michael’s shoes,right into the book!I recommend as a great read!5 stars!!!!!!!!!Megan,10

  105. Meg10
    on 16 February 2011

    I have read this book and it was very nerve-racking! I loved it though! I read it at school, and the Peggy Sue(the boat in it), was a small boat and it still was a sturdy boat.It felt that you were in Michael’s shoes, as if you had just stepped into the book!

  106. Cp-rox-my-sox
    on 16 January 2011

    Im loving it!!! Im reading it at school and im in year 5. I cant wait to hear about the ending!

    5out of 5
  107. Cleosly
    on 15 January 2011

    This book is Amazing!!!! It has lot’s of emotion. this book is great for people who love adventure book and for animal lovers as the characters care for them. This book is my 3rd favourite Michael Morpurgo book(Running Wild 1st King of the cloud forest 2nd) As always this is another great book by Michael Morpurgo.

    5out of 5
  108. heart29
    on 27 November 2010

    Read it in class and was just so moving

    4out of 5
  109. Molly13579
    on 10 November 2010

    I loved this book and I loved it when Michael,Stella the dog and Kensuke became friends. I would recomened this book to any reader who likes adventure and excitement. Bye From Kim Rawlings Michael Morpurgo Super Fan

    5out of 5
  110. cutiewootie00
    on 6 November 2010

    I read this book at school and thought it was AMAZING! it was my favourite book we ever read at school! 10/10 Michael!

    5out of 5
  111. kittycusack
    on 13 June 2010

    I read this book and it was BRILLIANT. I don’t know how michael morpurgo thought of the whole thing it’s so brilliant.I love the name peggy sue for a boat I really need to read it again. because i forgot it but i don’t know how since it’s so brilliant i thought it was really quite funny when he thought the man was a chimp. and i thought it was really odd that he picked out the hair from the one of chimps I can’t remember the name of the chimp anymore but anyway and then he made a brush out of it was really well….... em….... odd, different, weird even

    5out of 5
  112. valentine62442
    on 11 June 2010

    Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom as so absolutely brilliant. I studied it at school a couple of years ago and I still remember every detail of the island that Micael gets washed up onto and how he and his dog, Stella Atois fight for survival.

    4out of 5
  113. Linnea80
    on 18 May 2010

    This is very good, there is a boat. I like boats.

    4out of 5
  114. GG28
    on 3 May 2010

    i read this book as a class project and it was great it gave me a tear in my eyes when i finished it but it was great and i loved the bit at the end when the mother has faith.



    P.S i would love to meet u except my dreams never come true. So a huge thank-you to MICHAEL MORPURGO .

    5out of 5
  115. whitetiger
    on 1 May 2010

    It is great. A fantastic book and I don’t know who wouldn’t want to read it. So get reading Michael Morpurgo’s Konsuke’s Kingdon now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  116. sophieh812
    on 22 April 2010

    cool book !!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  117. jackyw11
    on 17 October 2009

    I loved it but not my fave.

    5out of 5
  118. george99
    on 8 October 2009

    a excellent book.only promblem is it is very sad. george99

    5out of 5
  119. StanboroughH7
    on 10 September 2009

    Kensuke’s Kingdom is one of the best Michael Morpurgo books I have ever read! It’s so full of adventure, and makes you want to read on! When I started reading it I couldn’t put it down!!! If you haven’t yet read this fantastic book read it now.

    5out of 5
  120. 3456tulip
    on 18 June 2009

    reallly good

    5out of 5
  121. Ben05
    on 6 June 2009

    Michael’s life is ordinary until his parents become redundant and his family buy a boat. Michael and his family sail around the world, visiting far away places with his dog ‘Stella-Artois’. Michael Morpurgo uses his excellent skills to bring the characters and settings to life. The story is written as a diary as Michael is retracing his childhood memories. He makes friends with a man named Kensuke after falling into the water. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys adventure, mystery and geographical stories.

    5out of 5
  122. Freetruck
    on 2 June 2009

    Incredably entertaining! A story of adrenture and discovery of what it’s like in the real world.

    5out of 5
  123. Mimel
    on 23 May 2009

    i thought this book was rubbish

    1out of 5
  124. alberteinstein
    on 17 March 2009

    The tragic bit was when the boy fell off the boat with the dog. I liked the part when his mum and dad came and rescued him. Kensuke was ok, but a bit strict. The chapter about the turtles was good. Overall, it was weird and strange. It wasn’t my favourite Michael Morpurgo book – I would recommend Toro Toro. That made my mum cry.

    3out of 5
  125. tabbypop
    on 14 February 2009

    good book

  126. Cookie77
    on 8 February 2009

    A good book for anyone with nothing to read. There are good bits and sad bits. But nice. Morpurgo, you’ve done it again!

  127. Punkchick
    on 31 October 2008

    I thought this book was amazingly interesting and action – packed!! It was full of thrill, mystery and happiness (especially right at the end)!

    5out of 5
  128. Barniecoles
    on 1 October 2008

    this book was good although not the best i’ve read. i did not choose to read this i read it at school.

    4out of 5
  129. keeboy
    on 20 September 2008

    looks good

    5out of 5
  130. neofoxytiger
    on 6 August 2008

    This book is spectacular and I would highly recommend this. I was not sure I would enjoy this as most of Morpurgo’s books are about the war, but this is completely different and most enjoyable.

    5out of 5
  131. manscape
    on 9 April 2008

    This book is really fun, it gives you a really good idea of what it would be like on a desert island it’s sort of like Robinson Cruso! Well done Morpurgo!

    5out of 5
  132. S-T-A-R-53
    on 10 March 2008

    This is an amazing book full of mystery. A brilliant book for people who love surprises!!!! A excellent read.

    5out of 5
  133. FastSlash
    on 6 March 2008

    It is a very good book.

    5out of 5
  134. hitoeveryone
    on 25 February 2008


    5out of 5
  135. Charli989
    on 22 February 2008

    It is a book about a boy called Micheal, who travels with his family in a boat called Peggy Sue.But he falls off the edge with his dog and gets washed up on an island.He discovers a nother man lives on the island, Kensuke.He is very cruel to him so one day Micheal decides to break the rules. This brings them closer as micheal gets stung by a jellyfish and kensuke rescues him.

        A very exciting story, it will amaze anyone who reads it.
    5out of 5

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