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'The Wreck of the Zanzibar'
By Michael Morpurgo

Kevin Kerr has contributed these guided reading questions. As always, any more resources for this book would be gratefully received!


7-24

How old was great-aunt Laura?

What did uncle Will give Michael?

How old was Laura Perryman on the 20th January 1907?

Who did Laura want to be like?

What did Laura use to see the chief climbing the ladder?

Why did Laura want her father to be kinder to Billy?

What missed the hen house by a whisker?

What does it mean when father said, "button your lip"?

25-46

What happened to Molly and her calf?

Describe Joseph Hannibal.

How did Laura try to stay awake?

What do you think was meant when father said he would "strap him if he didn't hold his tongue"?

Why do you think Billy left?

Find information in the text that tells you mother was very upset.

Why did father's eyes fill with tears?

47-60

Where did all the island get their milk?

What was the result of the storm on the 6th September?

What made mother put her arms around father and hold him?

What did Laura find on 8th September?

Why were the gulls silent?

What did Laura think when father came to her room?

61-79

Why was Laura talking to the turtle?

What did she do to try and get the turtle into the water?

Who came to help and how?

How do you know Laura was still missing Billy?

What was special about 9th September?

What did it mean when no one spoke?

80-102

In your own words describe the events of 1st November.

What reasons did Laura give for wanting to leave?

How does Laura describe her mother on 6th December?

What happened to father?

Why did the chief say "pull for you children, pull for your wives"?

Describe how the family reacted to Billy's return.

103-123

Where was father going when Laura came downstairs?

What was on the Zanzibar?

How many cows were in milk and how many in calf?

What do you think is the meaning of the last page of the diary?

What did they call Zanzibar?




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