Kensuke’s Kingdom – On Grade Level Title
Accompanies Earthquake Terror Book Club Teacher’s Guide – On Grade Level Title
Kensuke’s Kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo
Lexile – 730, 164 pages.
Washed up on an island in the Pacific with his dog Stella, Michael struggles to survive on his own. He can’t find food. He can’t find water. But just when things are not at their worst, Michael realizes that he and Stella are not alone.
His fellow castaway, Kensuke, has lived on the island since the bombing of his native Nagasaki. Kensuke keeps his distance at first, but slowly, he lets the boy into his world. The two teach and learn from each other until, inevitably, they must talk about escape.