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On Lovereading4kids March is Michael Morpurgo Month! 

The month offers the chance to explore some of Michael Morpurgo’s most fascinating characters and stories, with each week will featuring different books based on themes close to the author’s heart: War, Journeys, Legends and Animals.



Stories About War

Reader ReviewedLittle 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/01/2013
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Reader ReviewedWar 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... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2007
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Reader ReviewedPrivate 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/05/2004
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Reader ReviewedThe 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... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 06/02/2006
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Reader ReviewedAlone 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2006
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Stories About Journeys

Reader ReviewedListen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - September 2015 Book of the Month A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/08/2015
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Reader ReviewedShadow
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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/09/2011
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Reader ReviewedDear 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2007
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Reader ReviewedThe 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/08/2007
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Reader ReviewedKaspar 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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Stories About Legends

Reader ReviewedPinocchio
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedBeowulf
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. Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/10/2013
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Reader ReviewedSparrow 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/03/2012
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Reader ReviewedOutlaw 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... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/03/2012
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Reader ReviewedThe 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... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/02/2003
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Stories About Animals

Reader ReviewedRunning 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/05/2010
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Reader ReviewedBorn 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2007
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Reader ReviewedThe 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,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 07/05/1996
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Reader ReviewedWhy 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... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/02/2007
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Reader ReviewedAn 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... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2011
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michael morpurgo month november 2013

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2016 is the 40th anniversary of Farms for City Children, the charity founded by Clare and Michael Morpurgo in 1976, and there will be events up and down the country. To join in the start of these celebrations we are, each week during March celebrating a different theme of Michael's writing with these specially selected books:

WAR - Private Peaceful, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, War Horse, Little Manfred, Listen to the Moon.

JOURNEYS - Kensuke’s Kingdom, Dear Olly, Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, Kaspar Prince of Cats, The Wreck of the Zanzibar.

LEGENDS - Outlaw, Pinocchio, The Sleeping Sword, Beowulf, Sparrow.

ANIMALS - Born to Run, Butterfly Lion, Running Wild, An Elephant in the Garden, Why the Whales Came.

We have asked our readers to review many of the books to feature during Michael Morpurgo month - you can download all their reviews here.

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To find out more about Michael Morpurgo Month see his Facebook page or the Twitter hashtag #MorpurgoMonth. Or visit wwww.MichaelMorpurgo.com for exclusive videos and downloads and the chance to win signed copies of the books, an iPad and even a school visit from Michael himself!

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michael morpurgo month november 2013

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

A message from Michael Morpurgo on the 40th anniversary:

"All those years ago Clare and I arrived in Devon and with the money left to her by her father Allen Lane we bought a farm and rather idealistically set up a charity. Working with the teachers and with the neighbouring farmers, we pioneered a programme of work designed to extend children in every way possible out on the farm – physically, mentally, emotionally and intellectually. It is hard work, real work, and the children know their work is essential and important, that it matters to the animals, to the farm, that it simply matters. They matter. Who knows what effect this has had long term? I hope some of these children will have treasured their time on the farm for the rest of their lives, that as parents themselves now they will remember and pass on the stories of their time in the countryside, on the farm.”

The anniversary year for Farms for City Children will include the launch in early April of Love Mud#LearnWild, a campaign in association with the outdoor children’s clothing company Muddy Puddles to make learning outdoors and interaction with nature an integral part of education.

During this 40th anniversary year, Farms for City Children is also asking former pupils and teachers who visited the farm with their schools to get in touch via the charity’s digital channels to pass on their stories of their time on the farm using the hashtag - #farmersforaweek.


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