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Michael Morpurgo is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’s Book Award 2000 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2000. His novel, Private Peaceful, a harrowing story about the First World War was published in Autumn 2003. It won the 2004 Red House Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2005. His novel Shadow about a boy from Afghanistan and the dog he befriends recently won the Red House Children’s Book Award, voted for by children.

Many of Michael’s books have been adapted for the stage. These include Private Peaceful, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came and The Mozart Question, and most notably, the National Theatre’s production of War Horse. This production of Michael’s moving and powerful story of survival on the Western Front, which reached number one in the Observer’s top ten theatre performances and was also awarded the best design prize in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. This production has now moved to New York where it has been awarded five Tony Awards. In 2012 the film adaptation of War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg, was a box office success. 

Michael travels all over the UK and abroad talking to children and telling his stories and encouraging them to tell theirs.

In 1976, Michael and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children. They help to run three farms around the country, in Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and North Devon. Each farm offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week, and gain hands-on experience. For more information about the work of Farms for City Children, please visit www.farmsforcitychildren.co.uk

Michael Morpurgo lives in Devon with his wife Clare. He has three children and seven grandchildren.

Michael Morpurgo was our Guest Editor in June 2010. Click here to see the books that inspired his writing, or scroll down to see books written by Michael.

Anthony Horowitz on Michael Morpurgo:

'Michael Morpurgo is the most solid, classical of children's authors. He sits outside the series-driven blockbusters so beloved of publishers nowadays: he hasn't created a Harry Potter or an Alex Rider – and I admire him for resisting that. We are opposite sides of the same coin and, although his work has never influenced mine, I admire the eloquent, considered voice of his best books. He has an unerring moral compass – his schoolteacher past has never quite left him – and books such as War Horse and The Butterfly Lion have a strong social concience and an honesty that makes them universal.' (The Guardian)

Why not CLICK HERE to take a peek at Michael’s 10 Rules for Writing.

or Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

You can also read about his life in a new biography, War Child to War Horse, to which he has contributed seven stories - click here to find out more.

Michael is the inaugural President of the Historical Writers Association starting from Autumn 2011. The Historical Writers' Association (www.thehwa.co.uk) will celebrate its first anniversary in October.  It was founded to bring social and professional support to writers of historical fiction and non-fiction, publishers, agents and booksellers, all bound both by their common interest in historical books and by the sense of community that comes from a shared obsession.

Since its creation, the Historical Writers' Association has launched the first Festival of Historical Writing in association with English Heritage as part of their Festival of History at Kelmarsh in Northamptonshire.

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November 2013 was Michael Morpurgo Month - a special month-long celebration of the varied and wonderful works of Michael Morpurgo, to mark his 70th Birthday year.  Every day we featured a different book. We invited our readers to review many of the books that featured during Michael Morpurgo month - and you can download all their reviews here.

 

 


Featured Books, with extracts by Michael Morpurgo


War Horse
War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
All the magic of the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse is brought to life in this beautifully designed edition of Michael Morpurgo’s classic. Rae Smith’s iconic designs for the sets, costumes and the rest vividly bring the story...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Reader Reviewed Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Michael Morpurgo
Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo brings alive this famous story about Sir Gawain one of the bravest knights to sit at King Arthur’s Round Table. When the fearsome Green Knight arrives unbidden in the Hall of the great King Arthur, he...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2013
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Beowulf
Reader Reviewed Beowulf
Michael Morpurgo
Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership. In addition to our...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2013
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Wartman
Wartman
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12  Reading Age 7  Beautiful new edition of a bestselling title from household name Michael Morpurgo. Dilly has a wart.  He’d rather have broken his leg or been ill but no he had to get a wart!  Follow...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2013
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Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller
Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller
Michael Morpurgo
Master story-teller Michael Morpurgo tells a rich selection of stories from all kinds of sources. Some are about himself as a child, some are about how his books are written and some are extracts from his books including special favourites...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Kensuke's Kingdom
Kensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parents’ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Pinocchio
Pinocchio
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpugo has created a fresh version of the classic story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet with a terrible habit of telling lies who comes alive and has some incredible adventures. Here, Pinocchio tells his own story which, in his...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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The Castle in the Field
Reader Reviewed The Castle in the Field
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6   A wonderful adventure which captures the importance of children finding a place of their own – and having secrets! When three children shelter...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2013
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Snug
Reader Reviewed Snug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8  Reading Age 6 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa’s cat and always has been as he arrived at the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2013
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Because a Fire Was in My Head
Because a Fire Was in My Head
Michael Morpurgo
Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo’s love of poetry shines through this wonderfully wide ranging and personal anthology which is packed-full of gems. Many are poems Michael Morpurgo has cherished since his own childhood such as  Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Windy Nights’,...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning Michael Morpurgo gives a fresh and lively retelling of this classic fairy story of how a generous-hearted girl gives herself to a monster only to find that he is not so monstrous after all…   Loretta Schauer, winner of the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/06/2013
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Cockadoodle-Doo, Mr Sultana!
Cockadoodle-Doo, Mr Sultana!
Michael Morpurgo
A marvellously funny tale by master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo.  A rich and greedy sultan meets his match in a VERY cheeky little red rooster... Hilariously wacky tale by bestselling author of War Horse.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
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Little Manfred
Reader Reviewed Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
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Fox Friend
Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7+  From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2012
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Michael Morpurgo Christmas Collection
Michael Morpurgo Christmas Collection
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo tells four magical Christmassy stories, each fully illustrated by a different artist, in this beautifully illustrated book. There’s sadness before great happiness in The Best of Times, the story of how a prince discovers that...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2012
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Snow Tales (Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross)
Snow Tales (Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross)
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo brings alive the precarious way of life for creatures living in the very coldest reaches of the world.   The first of two stories in this volume is a lyrical, dreamy tale of The Rainbow Bear capturing the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2012
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A Medal for Leroy
A Medal for Leroy
Michael Morpurgo
The best-selling author of War Horse tells a deeply moving story which recreates the terribly legacies of both the First and the Second World Wars in the deeply moving story about how a young boy discovers the truth about his...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2012
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Who's a Big Bully, Then?
Who's a Big Bully, Then?
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. How do see off the school bully? Sick of being picked on and called ‘chicken’ the narrator of this story thinks up a dare to show up Darren Bishop, the school bully. A farm...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2012
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Little Manfred
Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
June 2012 Book of the Month. Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2012
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Homecoming
Homecoming
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo, former Children’s Laureate and the award-winning author of War Horse, has written a beautifully evocative story which celebrates the beauty of a place and the pain it creates when that beauty is under threat. Michael always liked...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2012
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Outlaw The Story of Robin Hood
Reader Reviewed Outlaw The Story of Robin Hood
Michael Morpurgo
Robin Hood is one of the most popular characters of English folk legend and Michael Morpurgo paints a suitably romantic and heroic picture of him in this lively story. Following a big storm, a young boy in the present sets...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/03/2012
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Sparrow The Story of Joan of Arc
Reader Reviewed Sparrow The Story of Joan of Arc
Michael Morpurgo
A vivid re-telling of the story of the great French heroine Joan of Arc which weaves together the hopes and aspirations of a contemporary French girl with the stirring story from the past. Inspired by a picture at home, Eloise...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/03/2012
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Reader Reviewed Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 24/02/2012
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Fox Friend
Fox Friend
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 8+. This is a wonderfully touching and beautifully crafted story about growing up and learning about real life from an author who is widely considered to be the best teller of stories for children.  He's...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 14/02/2012
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Kensuke's Kingdom
Reader Reviewed Kensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Michael's parents buy a yacht, and take him off to sail round the world. Washed overboard in a fierce storm, Michael finds himself on the shore of a remote island - and soon discovers he's not alone. Kensuke, a former...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2012
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War Horse Film tie-in Edition
War Horse Film tie-in Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2011
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Farm Boy
Reader Reviewed Farm Boy
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo followed up his best-selling War Horse with this sequel which brilliantly describes life in the Devon countryside at the time of World War 1. Visiting his grandpa on the farm, a young boy loves to listen to the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2011
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Shadow
Reader Reviewed Shadow
Michael Morpurgo
As the best-selling War Horse demonstrates, award winning Michael Morpurgo writes about both animals and war with exceptional flair. In this passionate and touching story, the interlinked fortunes of an Afghan boy and the dog who helped him to escape...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2011
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo is an excellent storyteller and here he is at his best. Seen through the eyes of two children, he captures the greed of the wealthy, the abject poverty of the poor and the terrible...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2011
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Who's a Big Bully, Then?
Who's a Big Bully, Then?
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8+. How do see off the school bully? Sick of being picked on and called ‘chicken’ the narrator of this story thinks up a dare to show up Darren Bishop, the school bully. A farm...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 08/07/2011
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An Elephant in the Garden
Reader Reviewed An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden Zoo are to be killed because...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/06/2011
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Little Manfred
Little Manfred
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author and illustrator duo Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have created a touching story about the way lives become entangled during conflict and how, unexpectedly, those ties can lead to enduring friendship. When Alex and her little brother Charlie...
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Conker
Conker
Michael Morpurgo
Prize-winning Michael Morpurgo packs in a range of big emotions in this beautifully written short novel for newly fluent readers and reissued for a new generation of children. Helped by his granny, Nick learns to see off the nasty bully...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2011
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War Horse Special Colour Edition
War Horse Special Colour Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during conflict. A classic story of animal courage...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2010
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Kensuke's Kingdom Special Colour Edition
Kensuke's Kingdom Special Colour Edition
Michael Morpurgo
Suffice to say the reading of this book will take you the reader through every emotion you can think of, from great joy and laughter to utter sadness and loss.  At its heart is a story of friendship that will...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2010
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Shadow
Shadow
Michael Morpurgo
Galaxy Children's Book Award shortlist 2010. As the best-selling War Horse demonstrates, award winning Michael Morpurgo writes about both animals and war with exceptional flair. In this passionate and touching story, the interlinked fortunes of an Afghan boy and the...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2010
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Running Wild
Reader Reviewed Running Wild
Michael Morpurgo
Winner of the Independent Booksellers' Prize 2010.  Prize-winning author Michael Morpurgo’s new novel is a towering adventure and emotional roller coaster set at the time of a great tsunami. Trying to get over his father’s death, Will and his mother...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 27/05/2010
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An Elephant in the Garden
An Elephant in the Garden
Michael Morpurgo
Once again the former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, weaves an intensely moving story about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war.  It’s World War Two in Germany, the animals in Dresden are to be killed because of...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 27/05/2010
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby. Into this Michael Morpurgo weaves his story of how...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/05/2010
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Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Not Bad for a Bad Lad
Michael Morpurgo
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. This wonderful story was inspired by a conversation that Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman had about a prison at Hollesley Bay in Suffolk that Michael Foreman remembered from growing up nearby....
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Kaspar Prince of Cats
Reader Reviewed Kaspar Prince of Cats
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2010
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The Best of Times
The Best of Times
Michael Morpurgo
Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this is a gem of a book. Michael Morpurgo weaves a magical story about the unusual way a prince finds to make his princess happy and so to save her life. Emma Chichester Clark’s illustrations capture the subtle...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2009
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Running Wild
Running Wild
Michael Morpurgo
Winner of the Independent Booksellers' Prize 2010. Prize-winning author Michael Morpurgo’s new novel is a towering adventure and emotional roller coaster set at the time of a great tsunami. Trying to get over his father’s death, Will and his mother...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2009
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Kaspar
Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
CD Audio edition read by Paul Chequer. A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story...
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Format: Cd-audio - Released: 28/05/2009
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Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures
Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures
Michael Morpurgo
The enjoyable interactions of the animals that live at Mudpuddle Farm are brilliantly brought to life by former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Different animals are highlighted in the six separate adventures. There’s the cunning of Mossop the lazy cat who...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2009
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The Birthday Book
The Birthday Book
Michael Morpurgo
This is a sumptuous collection of stories and verse compiled by Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and published in aid of The Prince's Foundation for Children and Arts and to celebrate the Prince of Wales's 60th birthday. It's...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2008
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Kaspar
Kaspar
Michael Morpurgo
A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2008
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The White Horse Of Zennor
Reader Reviewed The White Horse Of Zennor
Michael Morpurgo
From former Children's Laureate and award-winning author Michael Morpurgo comes an utterly absorbing, yet haunting tale created in the form of linked stories that will grip the reader from the very first page. Set in Cornwall so great for all...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2008
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Animal Tales: Three in one
Animal Tales: Three in one
Michael Morpurgo
These three fantastic stories in one book from the former Children’s Laureate 2003-2005. These tales all involving animals are gripping, touching and lyrical and should be essential reading for 9-11 age bracket.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2008
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Little Foxes
Reader Reviewed Little Foxes
Michael Morpurgo
Little Foxes is a touching yet tense account of some small little furry creatures that one small boy has to help survive. This is another Michael Morpurgo story re-released with a new cover. It is about a boy. As a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2008
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Arthur High King Of Britain
Arthur High King Of Britain
Michael Morpurgo
Nothing strikes strength, courage, and valour into the heart like tales of Arthurian legend. Morpurgo does very well again to get that sense of magical mysticism into the story of the Knights of the Round Table. Will be enjoyed particularly...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/05/2008
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The Mozart Question
The Mozart Question
Michael Morpurgo
This is one of the most moving and eloquently written novels I've read in while.  For any musically inclined child from 8 or so upwards then they, and indeed you, can't fail to be incredibly moved and gripped all at...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 05/11/2007
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Beowulf
Beowulf
Michael Morpurgo
BOOK OF THE DAY - 19th NOVEMBER  Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2007
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The Mozart Question
Reader Reviewed The Mozart Question
Michael Morpurgo
This is one of the most moving and eloquently written novels I've read in while.  For any musically inclined child from 8 or so upwards then they, and indeed you, can't fail to be incredibly moved and gripped all at...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2007
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Born To Run
Reader Reviewed Born To Run
Michael Morpurgo
This is a novel that will really pull on the heartstrings and one that will stick in your mind long after you’ve finished it.  But rest assured, anyone who has a love of animals will warm to this story of...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2007
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The Wreck Of The Zanzibar
The Wreck Of The Zanzibar
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo’s name is almost synonymous with the little islands off the toe of Cornwall called The Isles of Scilly for a considerable number of his books are set there.  The Wreck of the Zanzibar is no exception.  Here the...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2007
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Friend or Foe
Friend or Foe
Michael Morpurgo
March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman: "Towards the end of WWII enemy prisoners of War were brought to our village to help bring in the harvest.  We boys played football with them, the enemy, during their break times.  Children face-to-face with...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2007
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War Horse
Reader Reviewed War Horse
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during conflict. A classic story of animal courage...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2007
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Singing for Mrs Pettigrew
Singing for Mrs Pettigrew
Michael Morpurgo
What better way to learn the craft of storytelling than from one of the best known storytellers around.  Michael Morpurgo has deftly entwined in Singing for Mrs Pettigrew a delightful, even eclectic mix of short stories, for the most part...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/08/2007
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Dear Olly
Reader Reviewed Dear Olly
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning Michael Morpurgo packs a tremendous emotional punch in this deeply moving story about growing up. When Olly’s brother Matt goes to Africa to help in a war-torn zone she is left in charge of the swallows which nest every...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2007
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Why The Whales Came
Reader Reviewed Why The Whales Came
Michael Morpurgo
A terrific page-turner set during World War One in which two children befriend a man who lives alone on an island in the Isles of Scilly.  As their friendship develops he tells the children of a dreaded curse that has...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2007
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War Of Jenkins' Ear
War Of Jenkins' Ear
Michael Morpurgo
Toby Jenkins hates going to Redlands' Boarding School - he gets called 'Jinks' and thinks he'll never make the top rugby team. But then, he meets Christopher who claims to have powers. Christopher promises Toby a miracle. Will Christopher be able to provide...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2007
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My Friend Walter
Reader Reviewed My Friend Walter
Michael Morpurgo
A delightfully exciting and witty adventure that interweaves elements of history - Sir Walter Raleigh comes into the present as a ghost and wreaks havoc and fun with a family! - into a fun and gripping story which children will...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2007
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Waiting For Anya
Waiting For Anya
Michael Morpurgo
It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2007
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Twist Of Gold
Reader Reviewed Twist Of Gold
Michael Morpurgo
A novel that takes the reader on an epic journey through famine, hope and survival by a much-loved award-winning author. Set in both Ireland and America this is a story with cliff hanger endings for every chapter.  Perfect for keen...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2007
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On Angel Wings
On Angel Wings
Michael Morpurgo
Double Laureate’s Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake have come together to produce a stunning re-working of the Nativity.  It’s a wonderfully poignant and engaging story told with great warmth and humour coupled with some sparkling illustrations.  This is an absolute...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2006
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I Believe in Unicorns
I Believe in Unicorns
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo pulls on the heart strings in a short book into which he has packed a number of strands, richly woven together. Tomas lives for the outdoors: he hates books, reading and stories. But one day, his mother forces...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2006
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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea
Reader Reviewed Alone on a Wide Wide Sea
Michael Morpurgo
A touching and tender story about an unusual childhood. Arthur is shipped off to Australia as a six year old orphan during World War Two. He suffers physical and emotional hardship as well as some rarer moments of kindness and...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2006
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Escape from Shangri-La
Escape from Shangri-La
Michael Morpurgo
A book that is sure to pull at the heart strings whether you’re 10 or 110.  Providing a glimpse back to World War II through the eyes and ears of cessie’s grandfather and to an adventure that she and her...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2006
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King of the Cloud Forests
King of the Cloud Forests
Michael Morpurgo
Such an accurate protrayal of the Himalayas would be hard to find in fiction.  This wonderful mythical story, epic in scale sees a lost boy befriended and saved by yetis.  Incredible emotions are evoked between them as they are each...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2006
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Long Way Home
Long Way Home
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo is so clever at putting the reader in the shoes of the character telling the story and this novel is absolutely no exception. Characters are brilliantly drawn and the page-turning plot keeps the reader enthralled. 
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2006
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The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Reader Reviewed The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award category, ‘the book I couldn’t put down’ The Story of Adolphus Tips is told in a diary.  It tells the story of one brave cat and movingly brings to life a true story of...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 06/02/2006
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Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid
Michael Morpurgo
This is a book for every generation to share but in particular for a grandfather to share with his grandson for this is the story of Billy, a supremely talented footballer who at 19 was picked to play for one...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 21/10/2005
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Kensuke's Kingdom
Kensuke's Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
Reading this book will take you through every emotion you can think of, from great joy and laughter to utter sadness and loss.  At its heart is a story of friendship that will live long in your mind long after...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2005
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The Best Christmas Present in the World
The Best Christmas Present in the World
Michael Morpurgo
One of the most heart-warming stories you'll read around war, this is a classic Christmas story from the bestselling author/illustrator team of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman. With the anniversary of WWI upon us this tells the story of...
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Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2004
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Private Peaceful
Reader Reviewed Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Best Book of the Decade & One of our 'Must Reads'. It will seem odd when reading this book that the author enjoyed writing it the most of all the 90 or so he has...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2004
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The Dancing Bear
The Dancing Bear
Michael Morpurgo
Every girl will devour this incredibly poignant story of a young girl who adopts an abandoned bear cub.  An utter delight. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 03/03/2003
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Cool!
Reader Reviewed Cool!
Michael Morpurgo
Award winning author Michael Morpurgo crams a great deal of emotion into this beautifully told short novel. Lying in a coma after being knocked down by a car, ten year old Robbie is unable to move or speak or see...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/03/2003
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The Sleeping Sword
The Sleeping Sword
Michael Morpurgo
This fantastic tale interweaves the story of a blind boy who lives on the Scilly Isles, with the myth and truth of King Arthur, Michael Morpurgo takes the reader deep inside the mind of a boy who seems ordinary but...
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The Last Wolf
Reader Reviewed The Last Wolf
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has created a sweeping and dramatic story in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This spellbinding tale is complemented perfectly by Michael Foreman's illustrations. Robbie McLeod and a wolf cub, both orphaned, venture far from their birthplace, a...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2003
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Mister Skip
Mister Skip
Michael Morpurgo
Morpurgo’s talent for writing for different ages shows no bounds and this gritty story that interweaves magic with real life hardship on an Irish council estate will be devoured by both boys and girls who are just beginning to enjoy...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 05/08/2002
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Out Of The Ashes
Reader Reviewed Out Of The Ashes
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning author Michael Morpurgo is also a farmer. Here he captures what living through the terrible foot and mouth epidemic in 2001 felt like for a child on a farm.  Told in the dairy of thirteen year old Becky it...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 07/06/2002
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The Butterfly Lion
Reader Reviewed The Butterfly Lion
Michael Morpurgo
The inspiring magic of a white lion brings friendship and hope to a lonely ten year old. Miserable at his boarding school, Bertie runs away. He is rescued by a kind old lady who tells him of how another Bertie,...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 07/05/1996
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Island Tales
Island Tales
Michael Morpurgo
The Wreck of the Zanzibar: Life on the Sicily Isles in 1907 is bleak and full of hardship. Laura's twin brother, Billy, disappears, and then a storm devastates everything. It seems there's little hope ...that is until the Zanzibar is...
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Format: Paperback - Released: 01/07/2013
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