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December 2016 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2016 Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo’s short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part ghost story it slips easily between past and present as a little girl, determined to collect all the shells she needs for a giant necklace she is making, gets caught on the rocks by an unexpected storm. Cherry thinks she can keep above the powerful waves and make her way home safely especially when she finds an old mine shaft and some kindly miners. But has she really beaten the sea? Michael Morpurgo’s ability to hold an audience spellbound is displayed at its best here. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for November 2016
The Song from Somewhere Else by A. F. Harrold and Levi Pinfold
Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock
Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
Rover and the Big Fat Baby by Roddy Doyle and Chris Judge
Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith
The Giant's Necklace by Michael Morpurgo and Briony May Smith
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...
Now in paperback, a stunningly illustrated edition of his Cornish ghost story. The Bookseller
|Publication date:||3rd November 2016|
|Illustrator:||Briony May Smith|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks|
Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent. One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...More About Michael Morpurgo