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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.
A foundling story worth finding. - The Times, Best children's books of 2017
Everyone loves an orphan story and the Foundling Hospital, created by Thomas Coram in 1739 with help from William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel, has inspired many authors. Hetty Feather, Jacqueline Wilson's resident of the London charity, is perhaps the most famous creation. Well, Hetty has competition now. Michael Morpurgo's moving tale, illustrated beautifully by the mighty Michael Foreman, begins in the present day [...] Heartwarming stuff - a foundling story worth finding. - The Times, Children's Book of the Week
Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of two boys, Jonah and Nathaniel. - Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month, LoveReading
Michael Morpurgo employs his familiar technique of using an old character to tell a story to good effect - Angels and Urchins
The author recreates historic periods with a wonderful sense of atmosphere, truly transporting the reader to a different era. [...]Sometimes, dream pairings of author and illustrator come along - and Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman are one of those pairings. The delicate illustrations and colour plates encapsulate the emotion and atmosphere of the story perfectly. An atmospheric and moving story from a master storyteller. - Parents in Touch
|Publication date:||2nd January 2020|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction|
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