The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Written by Michael Morpurgo
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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 how a whole community got caught up in the Second World War. Adolphus Tips is no ordinary cat.
When the village of Slapton is evacuated, Lily and her family move to her uncle’s farm for safety. Lily intends to take Adolphus Tips too. But Tips is nowhere to be found. How Tips survives the terror when the beach is given over to training soldiers is a thrilling story. How Lily braves the guns and bombs to search for Tips and meets some extra-special US soldiers is full of warmth and insight. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Click Here to read the full reviews.
- Tugba Kaygusaz, age 12 - ' I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic book.... I didn't find anything wrong with this book at all. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is a must read if you haven't read it yet!'
- Annabelle Dennis, age 11 - 'The book is simply spectacular! Very different, but then normal is boring! It's like stepping into another world; when you're not reading it, you're living it! I simply love this book!'
- Amrit Bunet, age 14 - 'The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is one that will touch your heart and make you smile, with the humorous, sad and loving touch that Morpurgo has incorporated. This is one book that you will love!'
- Sam Harper, age 9 - 'Lily's diary gave the best possible perspective on her life and really helped me to understand what it felt like to live through the war. It is a very happy, sad, emotional and hopeful story. Supreme!'
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo
It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes – lock, stock and barrel.
Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas – barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself…
Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.
“A succinctly engaging tear-jerker, it is also full of happiness and affection and has a joyful ending… It is also about people who care enough to look after each other, offering a lesson in life as well as history.” Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
"Classic Morpurgo brilliance" - Publishing News
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Interest Age: From 8
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