Sparrow The Story of Joan of Arc
Written by Michael Morpurgo
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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 has always loved the thought of the brave and determined Joan. When her family move to Orleans Eloise gazes up at the site of the English fort which Joan stormed. Like her heroine, Eloise befriends a sparrow and soon the true story of Joan unfolds. Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is moving and compelling in this retelling which was originally published as Joan of Arc. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Sparrow. Click Here to read the full reviews.
- George Symonds, age 11 - 'This a really good read for girls and boys. It tells an historical story in a fictional way. I found out a lot from this book and really enjoyed reading it.'
- Anna Leaver, age 9 - 'A girl called Eloise has a heroine, Joan of Arc. She moves to Orleans where she has a dream about her heroine and meets a special bird. A thrilling historic tale.'
Sparrow The Story of Joan of Arc by Michael Morpurgo
Eloise has always loved Joan of Arc. Noble, honest and brave, she was everything Eloise wishes to be. And on a bright sunny day in Orleans, Eloise has a very special daydream...
There was only one creature on this earth who really knew Joan. He was a sparrow, just an ordinary sparrow...He was her best friend on this earth, maybe her only friend, too. A young girl faces an impossible task - to save her beloved France from tyrants. To free her country, Joan will lose everyone she has ever loved. But she listens to her heart and believes in her calling. Through patience, perseverance and unbreakable spirit, Joan of Arc leads armies to victory and finds the strength to face the cruellest of destinies.
A superb re-imagining of Joan of Arc by master storyteller and author of War Horse.
Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching. - The Guardian
Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects. - Daily Telegraph
There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo. - Daily Express
Morpurgo's gift is to make this long-ago world of danger and heartbreak accessible without ever patronising his young readers. - Sunday Mercury
Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skillful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative Elizabeth Reilly - British Council
The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers. The Guardian
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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
29th March 2012
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