Written by Michael Morpurgo
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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 year in the family’s barn. As Olly waits for news from Matt she watches over the birds as they prepare to fly away for the winter. Matt’s story, including his bravery and courage, Olly’s story and the story of Hero, the swallow who makes the long journey and survives are skilfully woven together to make a sensitive story that is full of insights about what growing up feels like. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Dear Olly. Click Here to read the full reviews.
- Hannah D, age 11 - 'I enjoyed this book...I looked forward to reading more every day.'
- Sam Harper, age 9 - 'Dear Olly is told from the points of view of Olly, Matt and Hero. All of the characters have difficulties to overcome and their stories intertwine to form a really moving book. I loved it!'
- Anna Leaver, age 9 - 'In this book there are three wonderfully exciting and sometimes sad stories. I particularly liked ‘Hero's Story’ about a birds journey to Africa. I’d recommend this book for 8+ readers, boys and girls.'
- Antonia Hopcraft-Guest, age 11 - 'The story makes you ask lots of questions. It is an excellent read. I would recommend it to all age groups.'
Dear Olly by Michael Morpurgo
A moving story of a brother, a sister and a swallow, and how all are in some way victims of the horrors of landmines. Three separate stories are woven into one powerful and moving novel whose central theme not only exposes the horrors of war and of landmines, but also the endurance of the human spirit.
Olly’s brother Matt wants to go and work with children who have been made orphans, through war, in Africa. He wants to be a clown and make them laugh. His mother and sister want him to stay in England and go to university.
Hero, a swallow, has a journey to make too. He must fly to Africa for the winter to join all the other swallows. His journey is difficult and fraught with danger.
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