Best Mate

Best Mate

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...
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's,� 2007
ISBN: 9780007262434
Branch Call Number: JF MORP

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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.

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

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

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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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Erika_W
Feb 24, 2017

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

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Erika_W
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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