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The Last Wolf

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

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LoveReading View on The Last Wolf

Michael Morpurgo has created a sweeping and dramatic story in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This spellbinding tale is complemented perfectly by Michael Foreman's illustrations. Robbie McLeod and a wolf cub, both orphaned, venture far from their birthplace, a land of rebellious fighters and vicious redcoats. There is little constancy in Robbie's adventurous life, save for the companionship of his wolf. But when at last Robbie finds a place where he can peacefully make his home, he knows in his heart that the wolf must find his own natural home too...~ Julia Eccleshare



The Last Wolf Synopsis

Robbie McLeod is on the run from the English Redcoats in the Highlands. On his travels he finds a wolf cub, near a sign proclaiming the killing of the last wolf in Scotland. Robbie adopts the orphaned cub and a friendship grows between them. But can they find a new freer life in America?

The Last Wolf Reader Reviews

A small number of children were invited to read and review The Last WolfClick Here to read the full reviews.

  • Katie Johnson, age 9 - 'This breath-taking story is one of the best short books I have ever read.  Filled with stunning illustrations, Michael Morpurgo really brings this heartwarming story to life.'
  • Elspeth Paterson, age 9 - 'A short adventure story set during the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Parts of it are exciting and a tiny bit scary, as a boy and his wolf run from Redcoat soldiers and try not to be caught.'
  • Josh Hall, age 13 ½ - 'A good read for younger readers...I found this book enthralling.'
  • Rosa Boran, age 13 - 'a heart-warming, sad and beautiful story... I loved reading this book and it brought me on an adventure.'

The Last Wolf Press Reviews

Michael Morpurgo has a knack of taking one small fact and weaving around it a vibrant tale that brings a slice of history to life TES

The deceptively simple narrative style ... conveys hope and despair, love and hate, and finally peace ... Satisfying, thoughtful and ultimately heart-warming Financial Times

This is a beautifully produced book, with a striking peephole cover and pen-and-wash illustrations by Michael Foreman that serve to dramatise the emotional depth of this touching story about friendship in adversity Glasgow Herald

A stirring tale of loyalty and bravery, superbly illustrated Shelf Life

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780857550927
Publication date: 01/03/2018
Publisher: Red Fox
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780440865070
Publication date: 02/01/2003
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780440865070
Publication date: 2nd January 2003
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Michael Morpurgo

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, ...

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