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Michael Morpurgo - Author

About the Author

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016

March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys.

Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, 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 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 which then moved to a theatre in central London. 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 also played in New York where it was 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.org

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.

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, (www.thehwa.co.uk) 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 a Festival of Historical Writing in association with English Heritage as part of their Festival of History at Kelmarsh in Northamptonshire.

In November 2016 Michael Morpurgo won the J M Barrie Award for his contribution to children’s literature.   This award is given every year by Action for Children’s Arts to a “children’s arts practitioner” whose lifetime’s work has delighted children and will stand the test of time.

David Wood, chair of Action for Children’s Arts, said Morpurgo is “one of our greatest storytellers”.
“Michael Morpurgo has thrilled and delighted huge numbers of young readers since becoming a children’s author in the early 1970s," Wood said. "Action for Children’s Arts is delighted to recognise Michael’s outstanding contribution by presenting him with the J M Barrie Award 2016.  His work will undoubtedly, like Peter Pan, stand the test of time, making him a truly worthy recipient of this award."

Morpurgo added: “Storymakers and storytellers like Barrie, and like all the previous winners of this award, have given us the hope and faith children need, we need, to keep flying, have sustained us through dark and troubled times, have banished doubt. To touch the lives of children, to witness their listening and reading silence, is reward enough in itself. This is simply the icing on the cake.”

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March 2016 was Michael Morpurgo Month - a special month-long celebration of the varied and wonderful works of Michael Morpurgo as he celebrates his 70th year and also to mark the 40th anniversary of his and his wife’s Farms for City Children charity. Each week we featured a different selection of books under the themes of Journeys, War, Legends and Animals. We invited our readers to review many of the books that featured during Michael Morpurgo month - and you can download all their reviews here.

If you like Michael Morpurgo you might also like to read books by Robert Westall, Anne Fine, Sarah Lean and Celia Rees.

Featured books by Michael Morpurgo

In the Mouth of the Wolf

In the Mouth of the Wolf

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Francis and Pieter are brothers. As shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, the brothers argue. Francis is a fierce pacifist, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis's life forever . . . and throw him into the mouth of the wolf.

ebook of the month
Lucky Button

Lucky Button

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum, written by acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman. From award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes a moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

ebook of the month
Coming Home

Coming Home

9+ readers

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/11/2016

A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain, clapping thunder and flashing lightning. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies. And all the while he's dreaming of home. Of her. But will he ever get there? Find out in this wonderfully lyrical Christmas story from the brilliant Michael Morpurgo, with stunning illustrations by Kerry Hyndman.

Only Remembered

Only Remembered

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck. Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Andrew Motion, Miranda Hart, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Antony Beevor, Emma Thompson, David Almond, Dr Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, Joanna Lumley, Raymond Briggs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Tony Robinson. Royalties from the publication will be spilt between the Royal British Legion and projects for soldiers' children and families at SSAFA.

ebook of the month
Island Tales

Island Tales

7+ readers

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2013

A bind-up of War Horse author Michael Morpurgo's classic stories about the Isles of Scilly, this book collects The Wreck of the Zanzibar, and Why the Whales Came.

Other books by Michael Morpurgo

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy's pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart). I was there, Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. Dorothy and me were both there. We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting. Then Papa Toto began... When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along... Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf.

Waiting for Anya

Waiting for Anya

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

A gripping historical adventure by a much-loved and award winning author. Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp. 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 friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives.

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Billy was a champion soccer star, playing for Chelsea in the 1930s. But that was before war broke out... Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea's champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life. Billy joins Chelsea as a football apprentice, rises through the reserves to become a real champion. His passion for football sees him through the war years - even as a prisoner of war he organises a friendly against the Italians - but, having been injured by a mine he cannot play for Chelsea on his return to England. Billy turns to vagrancy and alcohol and for years he wanders up and down the country. He re-settles in London in a derelict house and is befriended by a family who move him to a shed in their garden. He, in turn, helps their son with his football who in his turn becomes a Chelsea player. Billy becomes a Chelsea Pensioner and his 80th birthday is celebrated when Chelsea play at home. A novel for both children and adults which deals with some difficult issues. Michael Morpurgo's storytelling is superb and this will be a welcome follow up to the previous Morpurgo / Foreman collaboration - Farm Boy.

Cool!

Cool!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma - victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness. Robbie, football fan and animal lover, runs after his dog Lucky one day when he chases a cat and is hit by a car. Unconscious, Robbie lies in hospital, unable to speak, move or eat. But he can hear; he is aware, even though his family and friends don't know this. Inside his head, we hear Robbie's thoughts; on his Mum and sister, why his parents are separated. His friends and family try desperately to reach him - even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, comes to see him. And still Robbie can't 'wake up'. Until one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky bring Robbie back to life?

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2019

Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Mossop's Last Chance: There's mice in my barley sacks, there's rats in my roof and now there's mice in the corn bin. This time I've had enough. If you aren't up to the job, you will have to go. Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep - and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance... Albertine, Goose Queen: Good morning, Madam, I've come to eat you. Your friends have all gone. There's no one to help you now. They're all very stupid, aren't they? A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond - at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her...

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Beloved children's author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers. One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose... just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life! He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special. Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.

Boy Giant Son of Gulliver

Boy Giant Son of Gulliver

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

A stunning new story of hope, humanity and high-seas adventure for children and adults everywhere from Sir Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestselling author of WAR HORSE. We were the truth of our own story. Me, and the two tiny people on my shoulder, in the middle of the sea... War has forced Omar and his mother to leave their home in Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe. When their boat sinks, and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end. But it is only just beginning. Because in the end, a little hope makes a big difference... A thrilling adventure inspired by the classic story of Gulliver's Travels, this is also a gripping modern narrative of rescue and refuge, from a writer at the height of his powers. A book about breaking down walls, at a time when many are trying to build them. And a timeless reminder of humanity's infinite capacity for good... even when those humans are very small indeed.

Boy Giant Son of Gulliver

Boy Giant Son of Gulliver

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

A stunning new story of hope, humanity and high-seas adventure for children and adults everywhere from Sir Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestselling author of WAR HORSE. We were the truth of our own story. Me, and the two tiny people on my shoulder, in the middle of the sea... War has forced Omar and his mother to leave their home in Afghanistan and venture across the sea to Europe. When their boat sinks, and Omar finds himself alone, with no hope of rescue, it seems as if his story has come to an end. But it is only just beginning. Because in the end, a little hope makes a big difference... A thrilling adventure inspired by the classic story of Gulliver's Travels, this is also a gripping modern narrative of rescue and refuge, from a writer at the height of his powers. A book about breaking down walls, at a time when many are trying to build them. And a timeless reminder of humanity's infinite capacity for good... even when those humans are very small indeed.

Michael Morpurgo's Myths & Legends

Michael Morpurgo's Myths & Legends

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Sir Michael Morpurgo has collected classic tales of heroism and adventure and put them all in one place. Here! From brave heroes and battling beasts to mighty gods and magic spells, these are timeless tales to treasure forever. Eye-catching colour illustrations bring the magic of these myths and legends to life. There are lots of stories to choose from, including Mulan, Icarus, and Hercules the Hero, plus a retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight written by Sir Michael himself, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's an enchanting story within for everyone to find. A sumptuous gift edition for young readers to treasure, and a perfect companion to Greatest Animal Stories and Greatest Magical Stories.

On Angel Wings

On Angel Wings

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake's classic Christmas story, now in a brand-new larger gift format - the perfect Christmas gift! A singing of wings, a glorious light, and a sudden beacon of brightness. It can only mean - can it really? - a visit from the Angel Gabriel himself . . . One cold Christmas night, a shepherd recounts the magical story of how he came to be the first visitor to the newborn Christ child - ahead of the other shepherds, and in complete secret. This magical reworking of the nativity by the bestselling author of War Horse Michael Morpurgo is beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake. A wonderful Christmas gift to treasure and share.

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Michael Morpurgo and Helen Stephens' classic Christmas story, now in a brand-new larger gift format - the perfect Christmas gift! High in the mountains of Switzerland, lives a terrible dragon. In the village below, the people do everything they can to keep the dragon away. But one day, a little girl called Mimi finds a baby dragon. The little creature is lost and frightened but how did he get there and what if his mother comes looking for him? Mimi must be extremely brave if she is going to help the little dragon find his way home . . . A wonderful story about friendship, courage and adventure, perfect for sharing with the whole family.

In the Mouth of the Wolf

In the Mouth of the Wolf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything. Michael Morpurgo's wonderful storytelling and Barroux's stunning artwork combine to tell the true story of Michael's uncles against the epic backdrop of World War Two. Francis and Pieter are brothers. As the shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, the brothers argue. Francis is a fierce pacifist, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis's life forever . . . and throw him into the mouth of the wolf.

Wartman

Wartman

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2018

Dilly's life was great until he found the wart growing on his knee. When lying doesn't work out and George the wart is revealed to the world, poor Dilly becomes one easy target. Can a little bit of magic help Dilly get his life back on track? Beautifully crafted story from a multi-award-winning and bestselling author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Fox Friend (4u2read)

Fox Friend (4u2read)

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2018

Clare has lived her whole life on a farm, but she's never seen a fox ... until she finds a tiny, injured cub who's lost his mum. Clare cares for him herself, but has to keep him hidden from her father, who thinks foxes are vermin. Can she keep the cub safe? A poignant and moving story from a multi-award-winning author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Beloved children's author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers. One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose... just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life! He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special. Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/10/2018

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo, inspired by the original story by Ransom Riggs, read by Richard Armitage. One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose... just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life! He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special. Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.

Snowman

Snowman

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2018

When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his Snowman again - and to his amazement, the Snowman comes to life... This special tale of true Christmas magic will bring everyones favourite childhood festive character to a brand new audience.

Grandpa Christmas

Grandpa Christmas

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Renowned children's author Michael Morpurgo teams up with bestselling illustrator Jim Field in this stunning Christmas picture book. Dearest little Mia, This Christmas, instead of a Christmas card - you'll have plenty of those - and instead of a present - you'll have plenty of those too, I am sending you a letter . . . Every Christmas Mia and her family read a letter which her Grandpa wrote to her. His letter is a warm, impassioned and heartfelt wish for a better world for Mia to live in. He remembers fondly the times they spent in his garden finding frogs and worms and planting seeds. But Grandpa worries that all the things they love so much are in danger . . . His letter is a hopeful plea to Mia (and to all of us) to continue to care for and protect our precious world. Michael Morpurgo frames his powerful message about protecting the environment in this beautiful personal story about a grandpa's wish for his granddaughter to live in a better world. This vital and timely story is paired with Jim Field's emotive illustrations in this gorgeous Christmas picture book, perfect for the whole family to share. Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller who has written over one hundred books and won countless awards. In 1976 Michael and his wife Clare started the charity Farms For City Children, which aims to relieve the poverty of experience of young children from inner city and urban areas. In 1999 they were awarded the MBE for their work in creating these farms and in 2006 Michael received an OBE. His novel War Horse has been adapted into a hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End play as well as a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg. Michael is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly the Children's Laureate. Jim Field is an award-winning illustrator, character designer and animation director. He is perhaps best known for drawings frogs on logs in the bestselling picture book series Oi Frog! He has illustrated children's books with Kes Grey, Michelle Robinson, Rachel Bright, Jeanne Willis, Steve Cole and comedian David Baddiel. His first picture book Cats Ahoy won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and he has been nominated for several other awards including the Kate Greenaway Award and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. In 2016, The Bookseller listed Jim as the 6th top selling illustrator. Jim grew up in Farborough and now lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.

Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION This is a landmark new novel from the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...

Poppy Field

Poppy Field

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A new illustrated story celebrating the poppy's history. Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to tell an original story that explains the meaning behind the poppy.In Flanders' fields, young Martens knows his family's story, for it is as precious as the faded poem hanging in their home. From a poor girl comforting a grieving soldier, to an unexpected meeting of strangers, to a father's tragic death many decades after treaties were signed, war has shaped Martens's family in profound ways - it is their history as much as any nation's. They remember. They grieve. They honour the past. This book also includes a full-colour, illustrated afterword that explains the history that inspired the story.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Red Eyes At Night

Red Eyes At Night

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2018

Millie's cousin Geraldine is a show-off and a pain. So Millie plots revenge. She tells Geraldine about the ghost with red eyes who lives in the garden shed and comes out at night - but manages to scare herself silly in the process! Everyone is furious, but Millie and Geraldine end up the best of friends! A brilliant story about making friends with a funny, slightly spooky twist.

Greatest Magical Stories

Greatest Magical Stories

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Sir Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest magical stories from all around the world and put them in one place. Here! From tiny heroes to talking frogs, and meddling fairies to mysterious sea creatures, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautiful colour illustrations bring the magical text to life. There are lots of stories to choose from, including The Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty, plus a new retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk written by Sir Michael himself, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great magical story within for everyone to find. A sumptuous gift edition for young readers to treasure, and a perfect companion to Greatest Animal Stories.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 8-20 Super Easy Buy Pack

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 8-20 Super Easy Buy Pack

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Kimberley Reynolds, James Clements Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the world's best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children.The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.This pack contains 234 books, 6 copies of every title in the series, as well as 1 copy each of the Greatest Stories Lower Junior Handbook and the Greatest Stories Upper Junior Handbook.

Robin of Sherwood

Robin of Sherwood

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

A moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum, written by acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman. From award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes a moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

Pigs Might Fly!

Pigs Might Fly!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2018

Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Jigger's Day Off Time has come for harvest, Jigger. So I shan't be needing you all day. It's your day off, my dear. Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best plans go wrong... And Pigs Might Fly! Flying was not nearly as easy as it looked. Pintsize stood up on his back trotters and flapped his front ones - trotters, he thought, would do just as well as wings. It's a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It's time he learned his lesson...

In the Mouth of the Wolf

In the Mouth of the Wolf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything. Michael Morpurgo's wonderful storytelling and Barroux's stunning artwork combine to tell the true story of Michael's uncles against the epic backdrop of World War Two. Francis and Pieter are brothers. As shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, the brothers argue. Francis is a fierce pacifist, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis's life forever . . . and throw him into the mouth of the wolf. --- Michael Morpurgo has written over one hundred books and won many awards. In 1976 Michael and his wife Clare started the charity Farms For City Children, which aims to relieve the poverty of experience of young children from inner city and urban areas. In 1999 they were awarded the MBE for their work in creating these farms and in 2006 Michael received an OBE. His novel War Horse has been adapted into a hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End play. Michael is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly the Children's Laureate. Born in Paris, Barroux spent much of his childhood in North Africa. He later attended art school in France. He received widespread critical acclaim for Line of Fire, Diary of An Unknown Soldier (Phoenix Yard) and Alpha (Barrington Stoke). In 2015 Barroux won the first Parents, Babies, a Book competition for his work Chuut! which will be given to every baby in the north of France. His stunning book Where's the Elephant? (Egmont) has been longlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal 2016.

Pinocchio In His Own Words

Pinocchio In His Own Words

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2018

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full color by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2018

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION This is a landmark new novel from the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...

Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2018

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION This is a landmark new novel from the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems)

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems)

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2018

The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the children and Mutt the dog come in search of some good jumpers, and the toads see an opportunity to get their own back. Soon the poor frogs have been gathered up and put in an ice-cream tub, and they're hopping mad! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 5+

Wartman 4u2read

Wartman 4u2read

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2018

A brand new 4u2read edition celebrating the 20th anniversary of this touching tale by Michael Morpurgo. Dilly's life was great until he found the wart growing on his knee. When lying doesn't work out and George the wart is revealed to the world, poor Dilly becomes one easy target. Can a little bit of magic help Dilly get his life back on track? Beautifully crafted story from a multi award- winning and bestselling author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 7+

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2018

A brand new edition of a humorous tale by beloved author Michael Morpurgo. School bully Darren Bishop is furious after he is out paced in the school race. He can't have that now, can he? So when he is challenged to a battle of courage, Darren thinks he can't lose and can't wait to show the class who's boss. See who turns out to be the chicken in this satisfying tale. Beautifully crafted story from a multi award-winning and bestselling author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 9+

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

A moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum, written by acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman.From award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes a moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

A moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum, written by acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman.From award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes a moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

A moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum, written by acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman. From award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes a moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Class bully Darren is challenged to a face-off with Olly the bull. Darren has no idea that Olly's a gentle giant. And the boy who set the challenge has no idea it's not Olly in the field! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

Arthur, High King of Britain

Arthur, High King of Britain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Fox Friend

Fox Friend

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Clare has lived her whole life on a f arm, but she's never seen a fox...until she finds a tiny, injured cub who's lost his mum. Clare cares for him herself, but has to keep him hidden from her father, who thinks foxes are vermin. Can she keep the cub safe? Beautifully crafted story from a multi award-winning and bestselling author, now with stunning cover artwork by Catherine Rayner. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest animal stories from all around the world and put them into this beautiful book. From brave mice to hungry wolves, and mischievous spiders to ingenious cats, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautifully illustrated throughout, a menagerie will come to life before your eyes. There are lots of stories to choose from, including Puss in Boots, The Ugly Duckling, and Peter and the Wolf, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great animal story within for everyone to find.

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2017

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy's pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart). I was there, Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. Dorothy and me were both there. We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting. Then Papa Toto began... When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along... Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf.

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2017

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy's pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart). I was there, Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. Dorothy and me were both there. We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting. Then Papa Toto began... When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along... Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf.

Clare and her Captain

Clare and her Captain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2017

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare's summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner. A must-have for every fan of Morpurgo's classic storytelling and Rayner's highly sought-after artwork, and a gift to treasure for young and old.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

A beautiful edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. No child ever forgets the story of the witch, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house in the forest. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo takes the Brothers Grimm classic to a new level, weaving from these themes a rich fairytale tapestry of hunger and hope, cruelty and courage. With breath-taking illustrations by the celebrated Emma Chichester Clark, this edition of Hansel and Gretel will grip the imagination of a whole new generation of children.

The Giant's Necklace

The Giant's Necklace

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

A thrilling ghost story that revisits Cornwall's industrial past. Short-story-telling at its very best, from the UK's most beloved writer for children. A tense and thrilling ghost story from the internationally acclaimed author of War Horse. It all began with a necklace, made of glistening pink cowrie shells. A long, long necklace that had taken Cherry days - weeks - of careful, painstaking work. It was nearly complete, and Cherry was determined it would be the longest necklace she had ever made; that it would be fit for a giant! But the end of the holidays had arrived. You've only got today, Cherry, said her mother. Just today, that's all. Cherry didn't mind, a day would be enough - she only needed a few more shells. So, amidst the taunts of her older brothers, she set out to search for them. Then the clouds grew dark and the waves grew large, and as the storm blew in, Cherry realized, to her horror, that she was cut off from the shore. From then on, events began to take a decidedly dark turn. One from which there was no turning back

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and author of War Horse, shares the secrets and inspirations of his novels. This insightful collection is the perfect gift for Michael Morpurgo fans who want to understand how writing works and where stories begin. Revealing essays from Michael about more than twenty of his most popular novels are combined with key extracts from his books along with historical context and illuminating background information from Michael's brother Mark. Stunning illustrations from Michael Foreman, photographs and facsimiles complete the immersive experience.

Hee-Haw Hooray!

Hee-Haw Hooray!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Join the fun on the farm! A brand new Mudpuddle Farm book from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two charming stories for younger readers, featuring a loveable family of all sorts of animals, living behind the tumble-down barn on Mudpuddle Farm - where everything is about to change... in the most unexpected and hilarious ways! Nowt to Worry About: There's a storm in the air, and all the animals are worried. But old Farmer Rafferty doesn't realise anything is wrong. Can the animals warn him in time? Tickety-Boo: A funny new creature has arrived at Mudpuddle Farm - and the animals soon make friends. Problem is, the latest addition to the farm doesn't belong actually there! It looks like it's time to say a sad goodbye - although Albertine the Goose might just have a clever idea...

The Fox and the Ghost King

The Fox and the Ghost King

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

A delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, lavishly illustrated by Michael Foreman. Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan... And we all have an impossible dream. In a cosy den under a garden shed lives a family of foxes. They love to watch football - all foxes do. But their favourite team keeps losing and losing, and it seems like things will never look up. That is, until Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king, buried underneath a car park. A king who wishes only to be free. Release me, says the Ghost King, and I can do anything. Just tell me your greatest wish. For these football-loving foxes, might everything be about to change...?

Cool as a Cucumber

Cool as a Cucumber

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2017

At first Peter isn't too keen on his teacher's plan to dig a vegetable garden to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Then he starts to dig up some interesting things - a huge worm, a big beetle, bits of china ... and what looks like a giant cucumber but turns out to be something a lot more exciting!

Beauty and the Beast Band 13/Topaz

Beauty and the Beast Band 13/Topaz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A beautiful retelling by former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, of this tradition tale of kindness, friendship and a real happily ever after. Find out what lies in store for Belle when she leaves her family behind to live with the Beast in his palace. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Coming Home

Coming Home

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2016

A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain, clapping thunder and flashing lightning. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies. And all the while he's dreaming of home. Of her. But will he ever get there? Find out in this wonderfully lyrical Christmas story from the brilliant Michael Morpurgo, with stunning illustrations by Kerry Hyndman.

Giant's Necklace

Giant's Necklace

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2016

Short-story-telling at its very best, from the master storyteller.It all began with a necklace, made of glistening pink cowrie shells. A long, long necklace that had taken Cherry days - weeks - of careful, painstaking work. It was nearly complete, and Cherry was determined not only that it would be the longest necklace she had ever made, but that it would be fit for a giant! But the end of the summer holidays had arrived. "e;You've only got today, Cherry,"e; said her mother. "e;Just today, that's all."e; Cherry didn't mind, a day would be enough - she only needed a few more shells after all. So, amidst the taunts of her older brothers, she set out to search for them. Then the clouds grew dark and the waves grew large, and as the storm blew in, Cherry realized, to her horror, that she was cut off from the shore. From then on, events began to take a decidedly dark turn. And one from which there was no turning back...

Didn't We Have a Lovely Time!

Didn't We Have a Lovely Time!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A heartwarming short story set on a farm from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite children's author, with stunning illustrations from Quentin Blake. A heartwarming short story set on a farm from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, with stunning illustrations from Quentin Blake. Published to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Farms for City Children, the charity founded by Michael and his wife Clare, Didn't We Have a Lovely Time! is based on the true story of a boy whose confidence and speech returns after meeting a very special horse down on the farm.

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2016

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest animal stories from all around the world and put them in one place . . . Here! From brave mice to hungry wolves, and mischievous spiders to ingenious cats, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautifully illustrated throughout, a menagerie will come to life before your eyes.There are lots of stories to choose from, including Puss in Boots, The Ugly Duckling, and Peter and the Wolf, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great animal story within for everyone to find. This beautifully-illustrated, sumptuous gift edition is perfectfor young readers to treasure.

The Fox and the Ghost King

The Fox and the Ghost King

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

A delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, lavishly illustrated by Michael Foreman. Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan... And we all have an impossible dream. In a cosy den under a garden shed lives a family of foxes. They love to watch football - all foxes do. But their favourite team keeps losing and losing, and it seems like things will never look up. That is, until Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king, buried underneath a car park. A king who wishes only to be free. Release me, says the Ghost King, and I can do anything. Just tell me your greatest wish. For these football-loving foxes, might everything be about to change...?

My Father Is a Polar Bear

My Father Is a Polar Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Look at the polar bears, said Terry. You see that one on the left, the fatter one? That's our dad - our real dad. But you're not to tell. Drawing on Michael Morpurgo's own childhood experience of first seeing his real father on television, My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers rediscovering their birth father in the most unlikely of places - and in an entirely unexpected guise! A warm and delightful tale of family bonds and love told by a master storyteller and beautifully illustrated by a talented new artist.

My Father Is a Polar Bear

My Father Is a Polar Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2016

"e;Look at the polar bears,"e; said Terry. "e;You see that one on the left, the fatter one? That's our dad - our real dad. But you're not to tell."e;Drawing on Michael Morpurgo's own childhood experience of first seeing his real father on television, My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers rediscovering their birth father in the most unlikely of places - and in an entirely unexpected guise! A warm and delightful tale of family bonds and love told by a master storyteller and beautifully illustrated by a talented new artist.

Only Remembered

Only Remembered

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2016

Published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this beautiful anthology collects favourite extracts, poems and images from some of the UK's leading cultural, political and literary figures. Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck. Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Andrew Motion, Miranda Hart, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Antony Beevor, Emma Thompson, David Almond, Dr Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, Joanna Lumley, Raymond Briggs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Tony Robinson. Royalties from the publication will be spilt between the Royal British Legion and projects for soldiers' children and families at SSAFA.

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2016

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2016

A beautiful new edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. No child ever forgets the story of the witch, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house in the forest. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo takes the Brothers Grimm classic to a new level, weaving from these themes a rich fairytale tapestry of hunger and hope, cruelty and courage. With breath-taking illustrations by the celebrated Emma Chichester Clark, this edition of Hansel and Gretel will grip the imagination of a whole new generation of children.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

A beautiful edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats takes over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

Half a Man

Half a Man

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Revered author Michael Morpurgo looks back on the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. Former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo remembers the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. From a young age, Michael is both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa's ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he comes to stay, Michael is warned by his mother that he must not stare, he must not make too much noise, he must not ask Grandpa any questions about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays, and as he finally learns the story behind his injuries, he gets to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael begins to see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing some of the scars that have divided his family for so long.

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2016

Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and author of War Horse, shares the secrets and inspirations of his novels.This insightful collection is the perfect gift for Michael Morpurgo fans who want to understand how writing works and where stories begin. Revealing essays from Michael about more than twenty of his most popular novels are combined with key extracts from his books along with historical context and illuminating background information from Michael's brother Mark. Stunning illustrations from Michael Foreman, photographs and facsimiles complete the immersive experience.

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

A stunning edition of this modern classic of World War One, featuring an introduction by the author and insightful testimonies from soldiers. Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life - by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War. Extra material: - Introduction by Michael Morpurgo - Inspiration letter by Michael Morpurgo - Background on the execution of British soldiers in WW1 for cowardice, including personal testimony from soldiers

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2016

A stunning new edition of this modern classic of World War One, featuring a new introduction by the author and insightful testimonies from soldiers, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life - by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War. Extra material: - Introduction by Michael Morpurgo - Inspiration letter by Michael Morpurgo - Background on the execution of British soldiers in WW1 for cowardice, including personal testimony from soldiers

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 13: Peter and the Wolf

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 13: Peter and the Wolf

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Sergei Prokofiev Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Peter knows he shouldn't go out of the house alone: his grandfather has told him of the dangers. But children are curious, and don't always do what they are told. Along with his friends the duck, the bird and the cat, Peter ventures out into the snow and encounters a terrifying wolf. He'll need all his courage and brains to make it back in one piece. With haunting illustrations and an explanation of its musical origins, this story will captivate its readers. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A tender, lyrical tale from the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes. In this involving tale, master storyteller and former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo revisits the landscape of his memories , telling of his boyhood fifty years before. The village of Bradwell is a stone's throw from the sea and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens. Industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the marshes, and when a village battle ensues for and against this environmental hazard, young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A tender, lyrical tale from the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes.In this involving tale, master storyteller and former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo revisits the "e;landscape of his memories"e;, telling of his boyhood fifty years before. The village of Bradwell is a stone's throw from the sea and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens. Industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the marshes, and when a village battle ensues for and against this environmental hazard, young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood.

It's a Dog's Life

It's a Dog's Life

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A funny, heartwarming animal story from a master storyteller, perfect for children learning to read. Lula always likes me to go with her to the end of the lane. She loves a bit of a cuddle and a lick or two before the school bus comes. Oh Russ, she whispers. A horse. It's all I want for my birthday. And I'm thinking - excuse me, but what's so great about a horse? Isn't a dog good enough? The touching tale of one girl and her dog exploring farm life, from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Classic storytelling from the former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, perfect for children learning to read. At school she's called 'weedy Wendy', but Wendy isn't afraid of Slinky - Grandad's snake. When she takes Slinky to school and he wriggles out of her school bag, Wendy will brave anything to rescue him. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple Classic storytelling from the former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, perfect for children learning to read. At school she's called 'weedy Wendy', but Wendy isn't afraid of Slinky - Grandad's snake. When she takes Slinky to school and he wriggles out of her school bag, Wendy will brave anything to rescue him. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple

Colly's Barn

Colly's Barn

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A beautifully crafted chapter book by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Perfect for children learning to read. Annie's father is going to knock down the old barn and build a new one. What will happen to Colly the swallow and all the other birds and animals that live there? Annie is worried about their safety. But one night something amazing happens and she realises that the birds are wiser than she could ever have imagined . . . The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, visit: www.egmont.co.uk/readingladder Book band: White.

Conker

Conker

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A beautifully crafted chapter book, perfect for children learning to read. From master story-teller Michael Morpurgo. When Stevie Rooster is mean about Nick's old dog dying, Nick throws Stevie's best conker into the pond. But Grandma says there's a better way to get back at Stevie - become Conker King of Jubilee Park. Nick must use some conkers from the tree in the old scrapyard. And in that scrapyard is a skinny, starving dog who looks just like Nick's old pet. Can Nick rescue the animal and become conker champion? A moving story about grief, redemption and the love of a family pet. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.

The Kites Are Flying!

The Kites Are Flying!

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Jeremy Bowen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2016

From the former Children's Laureate and author of international phenomenon War Horse comes a moving tale celebrating the bright light of humanity surviving even in the darkest conflict. Travelling to the West Bank to witness first hand what life is like for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall, journalist Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites. When Said takes Max home, the reporter learns of the terrible events in the family's past and begins to understand why Said does not speak. Told from both Max's and Said's points of view, Morpurgo has created a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone . . . From the author of the internationally acclaimed War Horse, this is a spellbinding adventure story about friendship and survival. Kensuke's Kingdom was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the FCB Award. `A dazzling adventure' - The Times

We are Not Frogs

We are Not Frogs

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2016

The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the children - and Mutt the dog - come in search of some good jumpers, and the toads see an opportunity to get their own back. Soon the poor frogs have been gathered up and put in an ice-cream tub, and they're hopping mad!Children's book legend Michael Morpurgo teams up with amazing illustration newcomer Sam Usher for an adorable story with counting activities for parents and children to share. This has the makings of another Morpurgo classic.

Pinocchio Band 15/Emerald

Pinocchio Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Remind yourself of the enchanting story of Pinocchio, by Pinocchio, retold here by the multi-award winning author Michael Morpurgo and beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. A truly beautiful edition that brings this classic tale back to life. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

A powerful and inspiring tale of redemption from the author of WAR HORSE - with a personal introduction to the story from Michael Morpurgo. Includes 'Facts Behind the Story' section. I know a good sort when I see one. That's why I've taken him on. That's why I took you on. When a young lad strays into bad behaviour and thieving, he soon finds himself in Borstal prison for young men, lonely and without hope. But when Mr Alfie, who manages the stables, asks him to care for and tame a damaged horse, both are given a second chance. Could this bad lad 's skill with horses help him follow his dreams?

I Believe in Unicorns

I Believe in Unicorns

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

From the author of the international phenomenon War Horse comes a moving story of unity and inspiration in the face of war. A moving story about unity and inspiration in the face of destruction, by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate and author of the internationally acclaimed War Horse. Tomas hates school, hates books and hates stories. Forced to visit the library, he stops to listen to magical tales that the Unicorn Lady spins. These tales draw him in and are about to change the course of his life for ever... Set against the backdrop of war-torn Europe, I Believe in Unicorns explores the power of stories to transform lives.

The Mozart Question

The Mozart Question

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

From a master storyteller and former Children's Laureate comes a moving story of a group of musicians who survived the Holocaust using the only weapon they had. The author of the international phenomenon War Horse brings us a moving tale of secrets and survival bound together by the power of music. When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his fiftieth birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all - except the Mozart question. But it is Paulo himself who decides that the time has come for the truth to be told. And so follows the story of his parents in a Jewish concentration camp, forced to play Mozart violin concerti for the enemy; how they watched fellow Jews being led off to their deaths and knew that they were playing for their lives. As the story unfolds, the journalist begins to understand the full horror of war - and how one group of musicians survived using the only weapon they had.

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/10/2015

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

Clare and her Captain

Clare and her Captain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2015

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare is bored by her parents' squabbling and longs for an adventure of her own. Her summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner. This is a must-have for every fan of Morpurgo's classic storytelling and Rayner's highly sought-after artwork, and a gift to treasure for young and old.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A beautiful new edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats takes over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2015

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2015

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve... A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Half a Man

Half a Man

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Revered author Michael Morpurgo looks back on the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. Revered storyteller Michael Morpurgo remembers the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. From a young age, Michael was both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa's ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he came to stay, Michael was warned by his mother that he must not stare, he must not make too much noise, he must not ask Grandpa any questions about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays, and as he finally learns the story behind his injuries, he gets to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael can see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing some of the scars that have divided his family for so long.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in black-and-white by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/12/2014

Michael Morpurgo's classic tale, capturing the power of the human spirit. First published back in 1982, `War Horse' has taken the world by storm. The book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre and on Broadway. This full and unabridged edition is beautifully performed by the National Theatre's first Albert, OIivier-award-winner Luke Treadaway. At the outbreak of World War 1, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/12/2014

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way.

Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker's Journey

Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker's Journey

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

An spellbinding insight into storytelling from one of today's greatest writers.This collection by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, contains short stories, essays and commentaries to illuminate the craft of storytelling. Analyzing all aspects of writing - character, plot, sources and inspiration, retelling and biography - it is perfect for anyone, young or old, who loves great stories and wants to know more about the art of telling tales.

Kites Are Flying!

Kites Are Flying!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

A most moving tale celebrating the bright light of humanity surviving even in the darkest conflict.Travelling to the West Bank to witness first hand what life is like for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall, journalist Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites. When Said takes Max home, the reporter learns of the terrible events in the family's past and begins to understand why Said does not speak. Told from both Max's and Said's points of view, Morpurgo has created a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.

This Morning I Met a Whale

This Morning I Met a Whale

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

A fictional account of the day a whale swam up the Thames, in which the whale makes an environmental plea to the boy who first sees him.At sunrise, young Michael spots a whale on the shores of the Thames and thinks he must be dreaming. But the creature is real and it has a message for him - one that only an open-minded child can deliver to the rest of the world. The whale warns that the earth's days are numbered and that humans must put right the damage they are doing, but how can Michael fulfil his promise to tell others when neither his teacher nor his classmates will believe his story? Within hours, the city and the wider world have learned of London's remarkable visitor, and all eyes are on the whale's struggle against the receding tide. Michael must now join his new friend in a race against time to reach the ocean, and hold fast to his promise in the race to save the world itself.

Meeting Cezanne

Meeting Cezanne

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

A gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence.When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his Aunt Mathilde in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. If the paintings of his mother's beloved Cezanne are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys of Aix-en-Provence; daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping in his aunt and uncle's bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. Then the idyll is spoilt when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. Yannick is devastated by what he has done, and resolves to put things right. But in so doing he makes a surprising discovery...

An Elephant in the Garden

An Elephant in the Garden

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2014

An Elephant in the Garden is Simon Reade's new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling children's novel. 1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon. It is Lizzie's story - but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, loadbearing, indestructible, cheering - Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

Where My Wellies Take Me

Where My Wellies Take Me

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it's sunshiney or cold - long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Follow Pippa into the beautiful countryside as her day unfolds, and the wildlife, animals and people she encounters are complemented by relevant poems from some of our greatest authors. Part poetry anthology, part child's scrapbook, this is a truly lavish project designed to instil a love of language in young children.

I Believe in Unicorns

I Believe in Unicorns

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2014

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve... A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/09/2014

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve... A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2014

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve... A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Half a Man

Half a Man

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2014

Revered War Horse author Michael Morpurgo remembers the post-war Britain of his childhood in an unflinching and poignant tale inspired by the tireless work of one WWII plastic surgeon.A poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war from the acclaimed author of War Horse, illustrated by a talented new screen printer. From a young age, Michael was both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa's ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he came to stay, Michael was warned by his mother that he must not stare; must not make too much noise; must not ask Grandpa about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays, and as he finally learns the story behind Grandpa's injuries, he gets to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael can see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing some of the scars that have divided his family for so long.

The White Horse of Zennor

The White Horse of Zennor

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Since the beginning of time, strange and mysterious things have happened here . . . At the furthest edge of Britain, where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. These are unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner. This haunting collection of short stories by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo includes magical illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

This special edition of War Horse commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and features a brand new introduction by Michael Morpurgo and cover artwork by Rae Smith, designer of the National Theatre's production of War Horse. In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story. From Michael Morpurgo, former children's laureate, comes this thrilling and epic tale of one horse's journey through the trenches of the First World War. War Horse was adapted by Steven Spielberg as a major motion picture, and shown on stage in London's West End and on Broadway.

Only Remembered

Only Remembered

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2014

2014 will mark one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. To mark the date, this beautiful anthology will collect favourite extracts, images and poems from some of the UK's leading cultural, political and literary figures. Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck. Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Andrew Motion, Miranda Hart, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Antony Beevor, Emma Thompson, David Almond, Dr Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, Joanna Lumley, Raymond Briggs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Tony Robinson. Royalties from the publication will be spilt between the Royal British Legion and projects for soldiers' children and families at SSAFA.

Meeting Cezanne

Meeting Cezanne

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

A gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence. When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his Aunt Mathilde in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. If the paintings of his mother's beloved Cezanne are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys of Aix-en-Provence; daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping in his aunt and uncle's bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. Then the idyll is spoilt when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. Yannick is devastated by what he has done, and resolves to put things right. But in so doing he makes a surprising discovery...

Minikid

Minikid

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

A beautifully illustrated and delightful countryside story. At school they call him Bullet, but Chris and Lisa call him Minikid. He's only come for a visit, but wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow. From orphan calves to wasps' nests, Minikid is drawn to any new sight the farm has to offer, making for some interesting learning experiences! High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

All I Said Was

All I Said Was

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2014

Imagination takes wing in this cleverly-crafted story about a boy who becomes a bird! A heart-warming and thrilling read with a powerful message about the power of books and stories. First of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family with easy-read font.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

The classic Arthurian legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team. Of all the tales of the Knights of the Round Table, the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is surely the most magical. Here are thrills and enchantment, chivalry and courage, a challenge and a quest. Its hero is the greatest of all King Arthur's knights, Sir Gawain. His adversary is the fearsome Green Knight, who rides into Camelot one New Year's Eve with a challenge that strikes dread into Arthur's court. For Gawain, it is the start of an extraordinary adventure.

Beowulf

Beowulf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team. In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. 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.

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

A lifetime of tales from the nation's favourite storyteller, and award-winning author of WAR HORSE - the perfect gift for any book-lover. The most comprehensive and definitive Michael Morpurgo collection ever, this gorgeous hardback edition features twenty-five enchanting short stories by the nation's favourite storyteller - as well as extracts from twenty-five of his best-loved novels. Divided into five parts - covering war, animals, memory, the sea and folk tales - this timeless treasury spans the whole of Michael Morpurgo's glittering literary career. Each of the five parts also features a full page illustration by the illustrators Michael has worked most closely with in the course of his writing life: Michael Foreman, Quentin Blake, Christian Birmingham, Emma Chichester-Clark and Peter Bailey. With such beautiful illustrations and such a wealth of extraordinary stories, don't miss this stunning treat for collectors and fans alike.

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

A lifetime of tales from the nation's favourite storyteller, and award-winning author of WAR HORSE - the perfect gift for any book-lover. The most comprehensive and definitive Michael Morpurgo collection ever, this gorgeous hardback edition features twenty-five enchanting short stories by the nation's favourite storyteller - as well as extracts from twenty-five of his best-loved novels. Divided into five parts - covering war, animals, memory, the sea and folk tales - this timeless treasury spans the whole of Michael Morpurgo's glittering literary career. Each of the five parts also features a full page illustration by the illustrators Michael has worked most closely with in the course of his writing life: Michael Foreman, Quentin Blake, Christian Birmingham, Emma Chichester-Clark and Peter Bailey. With such beautiful illustrations and such a wealth of extraordinary stories, don't miss this stunning treat for collectors and fans alike.

Wartman

Wartman

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Funny and touching story from a multi award-winning author for lower reading ages. Dilly's got a wart called George on his knee, causing him a lot of grief at school. Everyone laughs and calls him 'Wartman', and he doesn't know what to do - until he meets old Mr Ben, that is. Then everything changes! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers of 8+

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories

Michael Morpurgo Christmas Stories

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Curl up by the fireside with an enchanting collection of Christmas stories from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Lose yourself in faraway lands and unexpected adventures with four tales from the master story-teller. The Best Christmas Present in the World A mysterious letter in a secret drawer brings one night in the Great War vividly to life. Writing home from the front, a soldier has an incredible story to tell. On Angel Wings A singing of wings, a glorious light, and a sudden beacon of brightness? It can only mean - can it really? - a visit from the Angel Gabriel himself ...The Best of Times When the Prince and Princess marry, joy rings out across the land. But all too soon it fades away and a shadow hangs over the royal palace. As Christmas approaches, Prince Frederico must find a way to warm his new bride's aching heart. The Goose is Getting Fat ALL NEW FROM MICHAEL MORPURGO! Gertrude the goose is getting bigger by the day, and Charlie is proud to look after her. But as Christmas approaches, the thought of the grizzly fate awaiting her fills him with sadness. Can he save Gertrude from the Christmas dinner table? Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller. Each individual Christmas story in this collection features stunning illustrations from the biggest names in children's books - from Quentin Blake to Michael Foreman and Emma Chichester Clark to Sophie Allsopp. The perfect gift book to buy this winter.

The Castle In The Field

The Castle In The Field

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2013

A great countryside tale. Chris, Lisa and Tom spend their days in their secret hide-out in the Castle, an old WWII pill-box. But the Castle is on Old Rafferty's land, and he hates kids. They find themselves in big trouble when some local lads lock them in and there is no one around for miles...High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

A spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

Snug

Snug

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

A great countryside story. Wherever Lisa goes, her cat Snug follows. But as Snug grows up he spends more time away from home and one night comes home all beaten up. A beautifully illustrated and delightful story about animals and friendship. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

A powerful folktale about a lonely giant who lives by a beautiful lake. When he saves a girl from drowning, the giant finds the love and courage to save the lake from destruction. On a small island way out in the middle of a silver lake there once lived a sad young man. He was sad because he had grown up into a giant of a man, very big, very strong and very frightening. Because of this, no one liked to go near him. So his only friends were the wild creatures that lived all around him. Then one day, he saves a girl from drowning, a girl in a wide-brimmed straw hat. Little does he know how she is going to change his life forever. Michael Morpurgo draws on traditional storytelling to weave a tale of extraordinary relevance to our own world today. A story of compassion, and love, and a simple belief in the healing powers of nature.

A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army. A novel about families, identity and loss by bestselling award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss. A story that will change everything - and reveal to Michael who he really is...

Because a Fire Was in My Head

Because a Fire Was in My Head

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

A wonderful anthology of poems to set fire to the imagination. We only have to 'remember, remember the 5th of November' to see a dark night filled with fireworks and bonfires. In their many different ways - through their sounds, rhythms, stories, surprises and jokes - these poems will set the fireworks crackling in our own heads. Michael Morpurgo has brought together poems by writers as diverse as Spike Milligan and Louis MacNeice, Stevie Smith and John Lennon, Jo Shapcott and Lewis Carroll. Once read, they won't be forgotten - some even beg to be learned by heart. This is anthology will form the cornerstone to a lifetime's enjoyment of poetry.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2013

A captivating retelling of the nation's favourite fairy tale, from the nation's favourite storyteller, Michael Morpurgo. After encountering a fearsome beast at a mysterious palace, down-on-his-luck merchant Marco is forced to make a promise in exchange for his life: he must persuade one of his three daughters to return to the palace in his place - but she must come of her own free will. Beautiful, kind-hearted Belle agrees at once to return to the palace, and there she and the Beast exist companionably, with the Beast asking of Belle the same question at the end of each day: Dearest Belle, will you marry me? After a return home to consult with her father, Belle resolves to follow her heart and return to the Beast, but her plans are thwarted by the trickery of her jealous sisters. When, at last, Belle is able to find her way back to the palace, she finds her beloved Beast lying as still as death on the ground. As Belle's tears fall on his face, the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince - the ancient spell upon him broken by Belle's tears of true love...

The Sandman and the Turtles

The Sandman and the Turtles

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2013

A magical collaboration between War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross. Michael loves his grandfather's stories about the Sandman and the turtles, but he doesn't believe that they are real. But that's about to change, because the Sandman is very real indeed . . . and Michael and his cousins Barry and Polly are going to need his help. The Sandman and the Turtles is a charming adventure from former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, the master storyteller behind An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Private Peaceful, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Tony Ross is one of Britain's best known illustrators. He has worked on the bestselling 'Little Princess' and 'Horrid Henry' stories, David Walliams' Gangsta Granny and many, many more. He lives in Wales.

Cyfres Bananas Coch: Nadroedd ac Ysgolion

Cyfres Bananas Coch: Nadroedd ac Ysgolion

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2013

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

A tender, lyrical tale from the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes. In this involving tale, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo revisits the landscape of his memories , telling of his boyhood in the idyllic village of Bradwell fifty years before. The village is a stone's throw from the sea and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens. But industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the site of the marshes, endangering Mrs Pettigrew's home and the gulls, owls, kestrels and thousands of insects and plants which also belong there. A village battle ensues for and against the environmental hazard of the power station, and the young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood.

Little Manfred

Little Manfred

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

A heart-lifting, heartbreaking story by Michael Morpurgo, the second-biggest children's author in the UK. In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there... When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along.

Cockadoodle-Doo, Mr Sultana!

Cockadoodle-Doo, Mr Sultana!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

A rich and greedy sultan meets his match in a VERY cheeky little red rooster... Hilariously wacky tale by bestselling author of War Horse. The rich and greedy sultan loves his jewels more than anything, so when he loses a diamond button he is furious! Especially as a naughty little red rooster seems determined to keep it... A marvellously funny tale by master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo.

Fox Friend

Fox Friend

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

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. Clare has lived her whole life on a farm, but she's never seen a fox - until she finds a tiny, injured cub who's lost his mum. Clare cares for him herself, but has to keep him hidden from her father who thinks foxes are vermin - pests that should be shot. Can she keep the cub safe? Beautifully crafted story from the former Children's Laureate and best-selling author.

Snow Tales (Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross)

Snow Tales (Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross)

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Two beautiful, snowy animal stories, The Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross, by internationally bestselling War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo. Collected together for the first time and featuring Michael Foreman's original stunning illustrations, this is a gem of a book to be enjoyed over and over again.

Times of War Collection

Times of War Collection

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 27/09/2012

A stunning paperback collection of classic Morpurgo novels set in World War I, World War II and the Afghanistan conflict. Told in the voice of a young soldier, Private Peaceful follows twenty-four hours in his life at the front during WW I, capturing his memories as he looks back over his life. It's both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War. In An Elephant in the Garden, Elizabeth's father is fighting on the eastern front in WW II and her mother is working at Dresden zoo when the bombs start to fall. Their home destroyed, Elizabeth's family must flee through the wintery landscape, avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow... Shadow is the story of Aman, a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of war. A western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother. When they finally decide to make a bid for freedom, Shadow will not leave their side. The destinies of boy and dog are linked, always.

A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/09/2012

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army. A new novel about identity and loss by bestselling award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss. A story that will change everything - and reveal to Michael who he really is...