A vivid re-telling of the story of the great French heroine Joan of Arc which weaves together the hopes and aspirations of a contemporary French girl with the stirring story from the past. Inspired by a picture at home, Eloise has always loved the thought of the brave and determined Joan. When her family move to Orleans Eloise gazes up at the site of the English fort which Joan stormed. Like her heroine, Eloise befriends a sparrow and soon the true story of Joan unfolds. Award-winning Michael Morpurgo is moving and compelling in this retelling which was originally published as Joan of Arc. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Eloise has always loved Joan of Arc. Noble, honest and brave, she was everything Eloise wishes to be. And on a bright sunny day in Orleans, Eloise has a very special daydream...
There was only one creature on this earth who really knew Joan. He was a sparrow, just an ordinary sparrow...He was her best friend on this earth, maybe her only friend, too. A young girl faces an impossible task - to save her beloved France from tyrants. To free her country, Joan will lose everyone she has ever loved. But she listens to her heart and believes in her calling. Through patience, perseverance and unbreakable spirit, Joan of Arc leads armies to victory and finds the strength to face the cruellest of destinies.
A superb re-imagining of Joan of Arc by master storyteller and author of War Horse.
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Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching. - The Guardian
Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects. - Daily Telegraph
There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo. - Daily Express
Morpurgo's gift is to make this long-ago world of danger and heartbreak accessible without ever patronising his young readers. - Sunday Mercury
Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skillful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative Elizabeth Reilly - British Council
The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers. The Guardian
|Publication date:||29th March 2012|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
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’...More About Michael Morpurgo
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