Born to Run

Born to Run

Book - 2007
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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?
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's, c2007.
ISBN: 9780007230594
Characteristics: 239 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Foreman, Michael 1938-


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ChristchurchKids Dec 16, 2014

Best Mate (also published as Born to Run) is a book about a greyhound dog called Best Mate who starts a journey of a lifetime when he is abandoned as a puppy and rescued by a boy named Patrick. He loves his life with Patrick until two animals smugglers come and capture Best Mate and take him away to be raced against other greyhounds. The racer’s daughter Becky soon learns ugly truth and runs away with Best Mate, whom she calls Brighteyes. But life in the streets is a horrible nightmare. Brighteyes and Becky have some trouble (I won’t spoil it with details) and Brighteyes must start yet another life …

Great book! My favourite part was when Patrick risked his own safety rescuing Best Mate and his siblings from the disgusting canal water. It was very heroic! The best thing about this book is the satisfying, but unsatisfying, ending. And the ending made me think about things from each of the main characters’ point of view: Patrick’s, Joe’s, and Best Mate’s etc..

I also liked that every few chapters we got to hear the thoughts and feelings of Best Mate himself and this added an extra element to the story to be able to see what both the person and the dog were thinking about the same situation. I thought that the way Michael Morpurgo writes his words make you feel like he is bursting with ideas and words and ways to describe things. He uses great language and clear uncluttered ideas.

This book is for animal lovers and kids who like a bit of adventure. It would be best for kids 8+. I give it a 11 out of 10.

Jul 11, 2014

Very good story! Though I found the ending a bit sad, when Patrick didn't realise it was the same dog!

charcharbinx Dec 18, 2013

Born to run is about a boy who one day walking to school sees a bag floating in the river, there is movement in the bag so he swims out to the bag only to find the bag full of greyhound puppies. Thankfully the school helps him adopt out the puppies but he falls in love with one puppy which he calls best mate. One night he takes best mate to the dog park where best mate liked to chase butterflies, this is where a greyhound trainer steals best mate to make him run... for his life.
This book was a very emotional book and got me hooked the moment I started to read. Its a great read but be prepared to cry your eyes out at the trials Best mate has to go through to survive.

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Feb 24, 2017

readingfairy1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15


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Aug 10, 2017

Born to Run is in a way similar to "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" (by Kate DiCamillo). A greyhound moves from owner to owner; each uses him for a different purpose and gives him a different name.


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