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The Castle in the Field

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Faye Hanson

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers

LoveReading View on The Castle in the Field

One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8 A wonderful adventure which captures the importance of children finding a place of their own – and having secrets! When three children shelter in the rain in a pill-box abandoned after World War Two they decide to take it over as a secret camp. It belongs to the local farmer and they have to be very careful to keep right out of his way! Setting it up, enjoying their own space and not getting caught provide all the excitement they need but things get almost too dangerous when other boys discover their secret and try to spoil it.

Particularly suitable for 5-8s with a reading age of 6.

Michael Morpurgo adapted The Castle in the Field especially for the Little Gems series from his first collections of stories to be published called It Never Rained. Have a look at his other Little Gem title, Snug.

reader reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Castle in the Field a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I would recommend this story to other children around my age who find reading tricky.' - Toby Goodall.

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The Castle in the Field Synopsis

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...

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

The Castle in the Field Press Reviews

Kids love to read and a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review The Castle in the Field.  The review below was written by Toby Goodall, age 8.

The main characters: Chris, Tom and Lisa have great adventures when they discover the old 'castle' which is really an old abandoned World War II pillbox. They get to be free here and have fun times together, telling stories, playing games and setting up a little hideout for themselves. Their happiness is brought to an end by some local bullies and they are not allowed to go back to the 'castle' ever again.

I wasn't sure about this story to start with as I'm not that fond of reading as I find it hard. But, my Mum read this with me and I did find the story really good. I think the illustrations are great as they set a good atmosphere and really help you to imagine the characters and the story even more. It is good to have pictures with a story, especially if you find looking at pages of words off putting. I like that the stories are grown up enough for me but not too difficult.

I would recommend this story to other children around my age who find reading tricky. Younger children who are good readers would also find this story brilliant. I would like to read some more Little Gems books.


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ISBN: 9781781122877
Publication date: 15/09/2013
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781122877
Publication date: 15th September 2013
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Faye Hanson
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Michael Morpurgo

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’...

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