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Michael Morpurgo - Author

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo has written over 90 books and has an unparalleled reputation in the world of children's books. His books have been adapted for the cinema, TV and theatre and he has won numerous awards including Children's Book Award, Whitbred Children's Book Award and the Smarties Prize.

Michael Morpurgo is, in his own words, "oldish, married with three children, and a grandfather six times over." After schools in London, Sussex and Canterbury (one of which was horrible enough to inspire him to describe it obliquely in The Butterfly Lion), he went on to London University to study English and French, followed by a job in a primary school in Kent. It was there that he discovered what he wanted to do. "We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids - it was like a soap opera, and they focussed on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me."

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories.

Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate and author of bestsellers such as War Horse and Why The Whales Came, is the inaugural President of the Historical Writers Association beginning in Autumn 2011. The Historical Writers' Association (www.thehwa.co.uk) will celebrate its first anniversary in October.  It was founded to bring social and professional support to writers of historical fiction and non-fiction, publishers, agents and booksellers, all bound both by their common interest in historical books and by the sense of community that comes from a shared obsession.

STOP PRESS: The Harrogate History Festival

Author of War Horse and over 130 books, and much-loved by readers of all ages, Michael Morpurgo will be at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate on Friday 23 October. Prepare to be inspired! Click here to find out more.

Featured books by Michael Morpurgo

Other books by Michael Morpurgo

Dolphin Boy

Dolphin Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Discover this spellbinding story from former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse Michael Morpurgo, and illustrated by multi-award-winning Michael Foreman. Jim lives in a Cornish fishing village - but since the fish disappeared, no one goes fishing any more. One day, Jim spots a dolphin beached on the sand, and soon the whole village is working together to return the dolphin to the water. The dolphin stays in the harbour, playing with Jim and the swimmers, but then the dolphin disappears... will Jim ever see him again?

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2018

A powerful folktale about a lonely giant who lives by a beautiful lake. When he saves a girl from drowning, the giant finds the love and courage to save the lake from destruction. On a small island way out in the middle of a silver lake there once lived a sad young man. He was sad because he had grown up into a giant of a man, very big, very strong and very frightening. Because of this, no one liked to go near him. So his only friends were the wild creatures that lived all around him. Then one day, he saves a girl from drowning, a girl in a wide-brimmed straw hat. Little does he know how she is going to change his life forever. Michael Morpurgo draws on traditional storytelling to weave a tale of extraordinary relevance to our own world today. A story of compassion, and love, and a simple belief in the healing powers of nature.

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/11/2018

A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat! `Classic Morpurgo brilliance' - Publishing News Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again. It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas - barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself... Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips - and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.

Michael Morpurgo Collection

Michael Morpurgo Collection

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2018

Dear Olly

Dear Olly

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2018

A moving story of a brother, a sister and a swallow, and how all are in some way victims of the horrors of landmines. Olly's brother Matt wants to go and work with children who have been made orphans, through war, in Africa. He wants to be a clown and make them laugh. His mother and sister want him to stay in England and go to university. Hero, a swallow, has a journey to make too. He must fly to Africa for the winter to join all the other swallows. His journey is difficult and fraught with danger. Three separate stories are woven into one powerful and moving novel whose central theme not only exposes the horrors of war and of landmines, but also the endurance of the human spirit.

Canon Fire

Canon Fire

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2018

This is a 'New Windmills Collection' of stories from the literary heritage paired with stories by contemporary writers. Based on the recommended authors list in the revised Key Stage 3 curriculum, this collection brings together great authors from the literary heritage and the best contemporary writers. The book is divided into four sections each of which introduces readers to a different genre. A six lesson scheme of work and assessment task accompanies each genre. Each contemporary story is paired with a story from the literary heritage to help make classic literature more accessible. The pairing of stories encourages comparisons between texts, helping students to develop an important skill required at GCSE.

This Morning I Met a Whale

This Morning I Met a Whale

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2018

A fictional account of the day a whale swam up the Thames, in which the whale makes an environmental plea to the boy who first sees him. At sunrise, young Michael spots a whale on the shores of the Thames and thinks he must be dreaming. But the creature is real and it has a message for him - one that only an open-minded child can deliver to the rest of the world. The whale warns that the earth's days are numbered and that humans must put right the damage they are doing, but how can Michael fulfil his promise to tell others when neither his teacher nor his classmates will believe his story? Within hours, the city and the wider world have learned of London's remarkable visitor, and all eyes are on the whale's struggle against the receding tide. Michael must now join his new friend in a race against time to reach the ocean, and hold fast to his promise in the race to save the world itself.

An Elephant in the Garden

An Elephant in the Garden

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2018

A thrilling and moving novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion... By the award-winning former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse. Dresden, 1945. Elizabeth and Karli's mother works at the zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. Then the zoo director tells her that the dangerous animals - including the elephants - must be shot before the town is bombed. Unable to give Marlene up, their mother moves her into the back garden to save her... and then the bombs start to fall. Their home destroyed, the whole family must flee the bombed-out city and through the perilous, snow-covered landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough to do, without an elephant in tow...

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2018

A stunning edition of this modern classic of World War One, featuring an introduction by the author and insightful testimonies from soldiers. Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life - by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War. Extra material: - Introduction by Michael Morpurgo - Inspiration letter by Michael Morpurgo - Background on the execution of British soldiers in WW1 for cowardice, including personal testimony from soldiers

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

Beloved children's author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs' classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers. One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose... just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life! He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special. Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

The Snowman Inspired by the original story by Raymond Briggs

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/10/2018

Penguin presents the audio CD edition of The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo, inspired by the original story by Ransom Riggs, read by Richard Armitage. One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose... just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life! He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special. Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.

Snowman

Snowman

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2018

When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his Snowman again - and to his amazement, the Snowman comes to life... This special tale of true Christmas magic will bring everyones favourite childhood festive character to a brand new audience.

Grandpa Christmas

Grandpa Christmas

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Renowned children's author Michael Morpurgo teams up with bestselling illustrator Jim Field in this stunning Christmas picture book. Dearest little Mia, This Christmas, instead of a Christmas card - you'll have plenty of those - and instead of a present - you'll have plenty of those too, I am sending you a letter . . . Every Christmas Mia and her family read a letter which her Grandpa wrote to her. His letter is a warm, impassioned and heartfelt wish for a better world for Mia to live in. He remembers fondly the times they spent in his garden finding frogs and worms and planting seeds. But Grandpa worries that all the things they love so much are in danger . . . His letter is a hopeful plea to Mia (and to all of us) to continue to care for and protect our precious world. Michael Morpurgo frames his powerful message about protecting the environment in this beautiful personal story about a grandpa's wish for his granddaughter to live in a better world. This vital and timely story is paired with Jim Field's emotive illustrations in this gorgeous Christmas picture book, perfect for the whole family to share. Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller who has written over one hundred books and won countless awards. In 1976 Michael and his wife Clare started the charity Farms For City Children, which aims to relieve the poverty of experience of young children from inner city and urban areas. In 1999 they were awarded the MBE for their work in creating these farms and in 2006 Michael received an OBE. His novel War Horse has been adapted into a hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End play as well as a film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg. Michael is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly the Children's Laureate. Jim Field is an award-winning illustrator, character designer and animation director. He is perhaps best known for drawings frogs on logs in the bestselling picture book series Oi Frog! He has illustrated children's books with Kes Grey, Michelle Robinson, Rachel Bright, Jeanne Willis, Steve Cole and comedian David Baddiel. His first picture book Cats Ahoy won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and he has been nominated for several other awards including the Kate Greenaway Award and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. In 2016, The Bookseller listed Jim as the 6th top selling illustrator. Jim grew up in Farborough and now lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.

Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION This is a landmark new novel from the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...

Magical Myths and Legends

Magical Myths and Legends

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Sir Michael Morpurgo has collected classic tales of heroism and adventure and put them all in one place. Here! From brave heroes and battling beasts to mighty gods and magic spells, these are timeless tales to treasure forever. Eye-catching colour illustrations bring the magic of these myths and legends to life. There are lots of stories to choose from, including Mulan, Icarus, and Hercules the Hero, plus a retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight written by Sir Michael himself, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's an enchanting story within for everyone to find. A sumptuous gift edition for young readers to treasure, and a perfect companion to Greatest Animal Stories and Greatest Magical Stories.

Poppy Field

Poppy Field

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

A new illustrated story celebrating the poppy's history. Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to tell an original story that explains the meaning behind the poppy.In Flanders' fields, young Martens knows his family's story, for it is as precious as the faded poem hanging in their home. From a poor girl comforting a grieving soldier, to an unexpected meeting of strangers, to a father's tragic death many decades after treaties were signed, war has shaped Martens's family in profound ways - it is their history as much as any nation's. They remember. They grieve. They honour the past. This book also includes a full-colour, illustrated afterword that explains the history that inspired the story.

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2018

Avtor bolee sotni knig, Majkl Morpurgo zhivet na tihoj ferme v Devone i, po sobstvennomu priznaniyu, prezhde chem perenesti svoi istorii na bumagu, rasskazyvaet ih svoim loshadyam i sobakam. Ved' v bol'shinstve ego knig zhivotnym otvedena ochen' vazhnaya rol'. Delaya ih geroyami svoih priklyuchencheskih proizvedenij, avtor govorit o bezzashchitnoj krasote i hrupkosti mira, ego zavisimosti ot chelovecheskogo uchastiya i sostradaniya. Kazhdoj svoej istoriej Majkl Morpurgo utverzhdaet, chto podlinnaya chelovechnost' derzhitsya na dvuh stolpah - miloserdii i sile duha. EHtot gumanisticheskij posyl pronizyvaet vse knigi pisatelya, prodolzhaya tradicii velikoj anglijskoj literatury, zalozhennye Dikkensom i Kiplingom. 1915 god. V Evrope bushuet Pervaya mirovaya vojna. Ona dokatilas' dazhe do krohotnogo arhipelaga Silli, zateryannogo v Atlanticheskom okeane nepodaleku ot beregov Britanii. Odnazhdy na odnom iz ostrovkov neizvestno otkuda poyavlyaetsya devochka. Ona sposobna proiznesti odno tol'ko imya, Lyusi, a vsekh veshchej pri nej - staroe odeyalo i potrepannyj plyushevyj mishka. Tainstvennoe poyavlenie Lyusi smushchaet umy mestnyh obitatelej. Oni prinimayut ee za nemku, i semejstvu Uitkroft, priyutivshemu devochku, vse trudnee zashchishchat' ee ot predrassudkov i neterpimosti, vspyhnuvshih v malen'kom ostrovnom soobshchestve, gde lyudi ohvacheny strahom i gnevom posle gibeli "e;Luzitanii"e; - transatlanticheskogo passazhirskogo lajnera, potoplennogo nemeckoj voennoj podlodkoj

Greatest Magical Stories

Greatest Magical Stories

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Sir Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest magical stories from all around the world and put them in one place. Here! From tiny heroes to talking frogs, and meddling fairies to mysterious sea creatures, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautiful colour illustrations bring the magical text to life. There are lots of stories to choose from, including The Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty, plus a new retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk written by Sir Michael himself, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great magical story within for everyone to find. A sumptuous gift edition for young readers to treasure, and a perfect companion to Greatest Animal Stories.

The Classic Collection Volume 2

The Classic Collection Volume 2

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/08/2018

Three unforgettable novels have been turned into fantastic audiobooks written by the award-winning former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Actors include Derek Jacobi, Jamie Glover and Michael Morpurgo. Kensuke's Kingdom When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents' yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger - Kensuke - allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable. Private Peaceful Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90. Butterfly Lion Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/07/2018

Avtor bolee sotni knig, Majkl Morpurgo zhivet na tihoj ferme v Devone i, po sobstvennomu priznaniyu, prezhde chem perenesti svoi istorii na bumagu, rasskazyvaet ih svoim loshadyam i sobakam. Ved' v bol'shinstve ego knig zhivotnym otvedena ochen' vazhnaya rol'. Delaya ih geroyami svoih priklyuchencheskih proizvedenij, avtor govorit o bezzashchitnoj krasote i hrupkosti mira, ego zavisimosti ot chelovecheskogo uchastiya i sostradaniya. Kazhdoj svoej istoriej Majkl Morpurgo utverzhdaet, chto podlinnaya chelovechnost' derzhitsya na dvuh stolpah - miloserdii i sile duha. EHtot gumanisticheskij posyl pronizyvaet vse knigi Majkla Morpurgo, prodolzhaya tradicii velikoj anglijskoj literatury, zalozhennye Dikkensom i Kiplingom. "e;Adol'fus Tips i ee neveroyatnaya istoriya"e; pogruzhaet chitatelya v trudnye budni pribrezhnoj anglijskoj derevushki, kotoraya v gody Vtoroj mirovoj vojny okazalas' v zone razmeshcheniya soyuznyh vojsk. Sem'ya Lili vynuzhdena pokinut' rodnuyu fermu, no devochka ne mozhet ostavit' na proizvol sud'by svoyu lyubimicu - svoenravnuyu seruyu koshku. Za ehti mesyacy izgnaniya Lili obretet druzhbu, kotoraya prodlitsya dolgie desyatiletiya, a koshka obzavedetsya zvuchnym imenem - Adol'fus Tips.

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2018

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.

Robin of Sherwood

Robin of Sherwood

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

BORN TO RUN

BORN TO RUN

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2018

"e;Rozhdennyj bezhat'"e; - trogatel'naya istoriya ryzhego psa, prinadlezhashchego k blagorodnoj porode anglijskih borzyh, grejhaundov, sozdannyh dlya ohoty i skachek. Odnako, nesmotrya na vysokuyu krov', ehtot pes eshche pri rozhdenii stolknulsya s neobhodimost'yu borot'sya za zhizn'. I ehta bitva byla by proigrana, eshche ne nachavshis', esli by ne mal'chik po imeni Patrik, spasshij vyvodok shchenyat iz vod kanala. Zolotisto-ryzhij grejhaund poluchil imya Best i stal vernym drugom Patriku. No ehto imya ne stalo poslednim. ZHazhda skorosti, strastnoe zhelanie bezhat', sygrali s yunym Bestom zluyu shutku i nadolgo razluchili ego s pervym hozyainom. Potom byli drugie hozyaeva - i zlye, i dobrye. I zolotistyj pes s yasnymi glazami ostavil sled v sud'be kazhdogo iz nih.

RUNNING WILD

RUNNING WILD

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2018

"e;Mal'chik iz dzhunglej"e; - istoriya udivitel'nogo spaseniya. Vernee, ehto istoriya mnozhestva spasenij, sostoyavshihsya blagodarya stojkosti, reshimosti i dobrote. Devyatiletnij Uill, nedavno poteryavshij otca, pogibshego v Irake, priezzhaet s mater'yu v Indoneziyu. Kak raz nakanune katastroficheskogo navodneniya 2004 goda. V ehtoj tragedii Uill teryaet mat', a sam ostaetsya v zhivyh tol'ko blagodarya slonihe po imeni Una, na kotoroj mal'chik katalsya, kogda na poberezh'e obrushilos' cunami. Una zagodya pochuyala bedu i brosilas' v gory, unosya na sebe rebenka. Tak nachalsya ih dolgij, udivitel'nyj put' v indonezijskih dzhunglyah, polnyh chudes i opasnostej, druzej i vragov...

Alien Invasion!

Alien Invasion!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2018

Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Martians at Mudpuddle Farm: Have Martians landed on Mudpuddle Farm? Farmer Rafferty seems to think so. Now it's up to Albertine, Goose Queen, to work it out. Luckily she's the cleverest goose in the whole world, so if anyone knows what to do, she will... Mum's the Word: Something strange is going on at Mudpuddle Farm. Egbert the goat is not himself at all. Instead of grumbling, he's singing and dancing! And he's even greedier than usual...

Pigs Might Fly!

Pigs Might Fly!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2018

Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Jigger's Day Off Time has come for harvest, Jigger. So I shan't be needing you all day. It's your day off, my dear. Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best plans go wrong... And Pigs Might Fly! Flying was not nearly as easy as it looked. Pintsize stood up on his back trotters and flapped his front ones - trotters, he thought, would do just as well as wings. It's a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It's time he learned his lesson...

In the Mouth of the Wolf

In the Mouth of the Wolf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything. Michael Morpurgo's wonderful storytelling and Barroux's stunning artwork combine to tell the true story of Michael's uncles against the epic backdrop of World War Two. Francis and Pieter are brothers. As shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, the brothers argue. Francis is a fierce pacifist, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis's life forever . . . and throw him into the mouth of the wolf. --- Michael Morpurgo has written over one hundred books and won many awards. In 1976 Michael and his wife Clare started the charity Farms For City Children, which aims to relieve the poverty of experience of young children from inner city and urban areas. In 1999 they were awarded the MBE for their work in creating these farms and in 2006 Michael received an OBE. His novel War Horse has been adapted into a hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End play. Michael is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly the Children's Laureate. Born in Paris, Barroux spent much of his childhood in North Africa. He later attended art school in France. He received widespread critical acclaim for Line of Fire, Diary of An Unknown Soldier (Phoenix Yard) and Alpha (Barrington Stoke). In 2015 Barroux won the first Parents, Babies, a Book competition for his work Chuut! which will be given to every baby in the north of France. His stunning book Where's the Elephant? (Egmont) has been longlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal 2016.

Pinocchio In His Own Words

Pinocchio In His Own Words

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2018

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full color by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LIONThis is a landmark new novel form the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel.But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart.Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...

Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2018

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION This is a landmark new novel from the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...

Flamingo Boy

Flamingo Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2018

A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION This is a landmark new novel from the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems)

We Are Not Frogs! (Little Gems)

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2018

The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the children and Mutt the dog come in search of some good jumpers, and the toads see an opportunity to get their own back. Soon the poor frogs have been gathered up and put in an ice-cream tub, and they're hopping mad! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 5+

Wartman 4u2read

Wartman 4u2read

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2018

A brand new 4u2read edition celebrating the 20th anniversary of this touching tale by Michael Morpurgo. Dilly's life was great until he found the wart growing on his knee. When lying doesn't work out and George the wart is revealed to the world, poor Dilly becomes one easy target. Can a little bit of magic help Dilly get his life back on track? Beautifully crafted story from a multi award- winning and bestselling author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 7+

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Catherine Rayner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2018

A brand new edition of a humorous tale by beloved author Michael Morpurgo. School bully Darren Bishop is furious after he is out paced in the school race. He can't have that now, can he? So when he is challenged to a battle of courage, Darren thinks he can't lose and can't wait to show the class who's boss. See who turns out to be the chicken in this satisfying tale. Beautifully crafted story from a multi award-winning and bestselling author. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 9+

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

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.

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

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.

Lucky Button

Lucky Button

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

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.

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Class bully Darren is challenged to a face-off with Olly the bull. Darren has no idea that Olly's a gentle giant. And the boy who set the challenge has no idea it's not Olly in the field! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+

Arthur, High King of Britain

Arthur, High King of Britain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2017

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest magical stories from all around the world and put them in one place. Here! From tiny heroes to talking frogs, and meddling fairies to mysterious sea creatures, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautiful colour illustrations bring the magical text to life. There are lots of stories to choose from, including The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, and a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk written by Michael Morpurgo. So whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great magical story within for everyone to find. A sumptuous gift edition for young readers to treasure.

Fox Friend

Fox Friend

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

Clare has lived her whole life on a f arm, but she's never seen a fox...until she finds a tiny, injured cub who's lost his mum. Clare cares for him herself, but has to keep him hidden from her father, who thinks foxes are vermin. Can she keep the cub safe? Beautifully crafted story from a multi award-winning and bestselling author, now with stunning cover artwork by Catherine Rayner. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 9+

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2017

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy's pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart)."e;I was there,"e; Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. "e;Dorothy and me were both there."e;We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting.Then Papa Toto began...When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away!Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is.But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along...An unforgettable telling of a classic story.

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest animal stories from all around the world and put them into this beautiful book. From brave mice to hungry wolves, and mischievous spiders to ingenious cats, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautifully illustrated throughout, a menagerie will come to life before your eyes. There are lots of stories to choose from, including Puss in Boots, The Ugly Duckling, and Peter and the Wolf, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great animal story within for everyone to find.

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2017

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy's pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart). I was there, Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. Dorothy and me were both there. We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting. Then Papa Toto began... When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along... Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf.

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Toto The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/08/2017

From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy's pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart). I was there, Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. Dorothy and me were both there. We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting. Then Papa Toto began... When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along... Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf.

Clare and her Captain

Clare and her Captain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2017

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare's summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner. A must-have for every fan of Morpurgo's classic storytelling and Rayner's highly sought-after artwork, and a gift to treasure for young and old.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Emma Chichester Clark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2017

A beautiful edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. No child ever forgets the story of the witch, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house in the forest. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo takes the Brothers Grimm classic to a new level, weaving from these themes a rich fairytale tapestry of hunger and hope, cruelty and courage. With breath-taking illustrations by the celebrated Emma Chichester Clark, this edition of Hansel and Gretel will grip the imagination of a whole new generation of children.

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and author of War Horse, shares the secrets and inspirations of his novels. This insightful collection is the perfect gift for Michael Morpurgo fans who want to understand how writing works and where stories begin. Revealing essays from Michael about more than twenty of his most popular novels are combined with key extracts from his books along with historical context and illuminating background information from Michael's brother Mark. Stunning illustrations from Michael Foreman, photographs and facsimiles complete the immersive experience.

The Giant's Necklace

The Giant's Necklace

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

A thrilling ghost story that revisits Cornwall's industrial past. Short-story-telling at its very best, from the UK's most beloved writer for children. 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

Hee-Haw Hooray!

Hee-Haw Hooray!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Join the fun on the farm! A brand new Mudpuddle Farm book from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two charming stories for younger readers, featuring a loveable family of all sorts of animals, living behind the tumble-down barn on Mudpuddle Farm - where everything is about to change... in the most unexpected and hilarious ways! Nowt to Worry About: There's a storm in the air, and all the animals are worried. But old Farmer Rafferty doesn't realise anything is wrong. Can the animals warn him in time? Tickety-Boo: A funny new creature has arrived at Mudpuddle Farm - and the animals soon make friends. Problem is, the latest addition to the farm doesn't belong actually there! It looks like it's time to say a sad goodbye - although Albertine the Goose might just have a clever idea...

The Fox and the Ghost King

The Fox and the Ghost King

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

A delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, lavishly illustrated by Michael Foreman. Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan... And we all have an impossible dream. In a cosy den under a garden shed lives a family of foxes. They love to watch football - all foxes do. But their favourite team keeps losing and losing, and it seems like things will never look up. That is, until Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king, buried underneath a car park. A king who wishes only to be free. Release me, says the Ghost King, and I can do anything. Just tell me your greatest wish. For these football-loving foxes, might everything be about to change...?

Beauty and the Beast Band 13/Topaz

Beauty and the Beast Band 13/Topaz

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

A beautiful retelling by former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, of this tradition tale of kindness, friendship and a real happily ever after. Find out what lies in store for Belle when she leaves her family behind to live with the Beast in his palace. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends

Coming Home

Coming Home

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2016

A plucky little robin sets out on an epic journey. Through dark forests, driving rain, clapping thunder and flashing lightning. Across frozen wastes, huge mountains and stormy seas he flies. And all the while he's dreaming of home. Of her. But will he ever get there? Find out in this wonderfully lyrical Christmas story from the brilliant Michael Morpurgo, with stunning illustrations by Kerry Hyndman.

Giant's Necklace

Giant's Necklace

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 03/11/2016

Short-story-telling at its very best, from the master storyteller.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 not only that it would be the longest necklace she had ever made, but that it would be fit for a giant! But the end of the summer holidays had arrived. "e;You've only got today, Cherry,"e; said her mother. "e;Just today, that's all."e; Cherry didn't mind, a day would be enough - she only needed a few more shells after all. 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. And one from which there was no turning back...

Didn't We Have a Lovely Time!

Didn't We Have a Lovely Time!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A heartwarming short story set on a farm from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite children's author, with stunning illustrations from Quentin Blake. A heartwarming short story set on a farm from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, with stunning illustrations from Quentin Blake. Published to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Farms for City Children, the charity founded by Michael and his wife Clare, Didn't We Have a Lovely Time! is based on the true story of a boy whose confidence and speech returns after meeting a very special horse down on the farm.

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Greatest Animal Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2016

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest animal stories from all around the world and put them in one place . . . Here! From brave mice to hungry wolves, and mischievous spiders to ingenious cats, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautifully illustrated throughout, a menagerie will come to life before your eyes.There are lots of stories to choose from, including Puss in Boots, The Ugly Duckling, and Peter and the Wolf, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great animal story within for everyone to find. This beautifully-illustrated, sumptuous gift edition is perfectfor young readers to treasure.

The Fox and the Ghost King

The Fox and the Ghost King

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2016

A delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, lavishly illustrated by Michael Foreman. Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan... And we all have an impossible dream. In a cosy den under a garden shed lives a family of foxes. They love to watch football - all foxes do. But their favourite team keeps losing and losing, and it seems like things will never look up. That is, until Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king, buried underneath a car park. A king who wishes only to be free. Release me, says the Ghost King, and I can do anything. Just tell me your greatest wish. For these football-loving foxes, might everything be about to change...?

Fox And The Ghost King

Fox And The Ghost King

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2016

A delightful tale of victory against all odds from master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo. "e;Every fox in the whole town, in the whole country just about, is a football fan... And we all have an impossible dream."e;In a cosy den under a garden shed lives a family of foxes. They love to watch football - all foxes do. But their favourite team keeps losing and losing, and it seems like things will never look up. That is, until Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king, buried underneath a car park. A king who wishes only to be free. "e;Release me,"e; says the Ghost King, "e;and I can do anything. Just tell me your greatest wish."e;For these football-loving foxes, might everything be about to change...?

My Father Is a Polar Bear

My Father Is a Polar Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Look at the polar bears, said Terry. You see that one on the left, the fatter one? That's our dad - our real dad. But you're not to tell. Drawing on Michael Morpurgo's own childhood experience of first seeing his real father on television, My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers rediscovering their birth father in the most unlikely of places - and in an entirely unexpected guise! A warm and delightful tale of family bonds and love told by a master storyteller and beautifully illustrated by a talented new artist.

My Father Is a Polar Bear

My Father Is a Polar Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2016

"e;Look at the polar bears,"e; said Terry. "e;You see that one on the left, the fatter one? That's our dad - our real dad. But you're not to tell."e;Drawing on Michael Morpurgo's own childhood experience of first seeing his real father on television, My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers rediscovering their birth father in the most unlikely of places - and in an entirely unexpected guise! A warm and delightful tale of family bonds and love told by a master storyteller and beautifully illustrated by a talented new artist.

Only Remembered

Only Remembered

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2016

Published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this beautiful anthology collects favourite extracts, poems and images from some of the UK's leading cultural, political and literary figures. Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck. Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Andrew Motion, Miranda Hart, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Antony Beevor, Emma Thompson, David Almond, Dr Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, Joanna Lumley, Raymond Briggs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Tony Robinson. Royalties from the publication will be spilt between the Royal British Legion and projects for soldiers' children and families at SSAFA.

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2016

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Emma Rice Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2016

Imagine being told to leave your home...Imagine American soldiers occupying your house and land...Imagine being 12 and angry, with only a cat to tell your secrets to...Well it all happened (most of it anyway) in Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944. Based on Michael Morpurgo's The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, this play explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. With signature Kneehigh sorcery, 946 uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story speaks to us all and will finally reveal the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

A beautiful edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats takes over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2016

A beautiful new edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. No child ever forgets the story of the witch, the breadcrumb trail and the gingerbread house in the forest. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo takes the Brothers Grimm classic to a new level, weaving from these themes a rich fairytale tapestry of hunger and hope, cruelty and courage. With breath-taking illustrations by the celebrated Emma Chichester Clark, this edition of Hansel and Gretel will grip the imagination of a whole new generation of children.

Half a Man

Half a Man

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Revered author Michael Morpurgo looks back on the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. Former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo remembers the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. From a young age, Michael is both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa's ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he comes to stay, Michael is warned by his mother that he must not stare, he must not make too much noise, he must not ask Grandpa any questions about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays, and as he finally learns the story behind his injuries, he gets to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael begins to see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing some of the scars that have divided his family for so long.

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Such Stuff: A Story-maker's Inspiration

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 23/06/2016

Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and author of War Horse, shares the secrets and inspirations of his novels.This insightful collection is the perfect gift for Michael Morpurgo fans who want to understand how writing works and where stories begin. Revealing essays from Michael about more than twenty of his most popular novels are combined with key extracts from his books along with historical context and illuminating background information from Michael's brother Mark. Stunning illustrations from Michael Foreman, photographs and facsimiles complete the immersive experience.

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2016

A stunning new edition of this modern classic of World War One, featuring a new introduction by the author and insightful testimonies from soldiers, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life - by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War. Extra material: - Introduction by Michael Morpurgo - Inspiration letter by Michael Morpurgo - Background on the execution of British soldiers in WW1 for cowardice, including personal testimony from soldiers

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 13: Peter and the Wolf

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 13: Peter and the Wolf

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Sergei Prokofiev Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Peter knows he shouldn't go out of the house alone: his grandfather has told him of the dangers. But children are curious, and don't always do what they are told. Along with his friends the duck, the bird and the cat, Peter ventures out into the snow and encounters a terrifying wolf. He'll need all his courage and brains to make it back in one piece. With haunting illustrations and an explanation of its musical origins, this story will captivate its readers. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A tender, lyrical tale from the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes. In this involving tale, master storyteller and former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo revisits the landscape of his memories , telling of his boyhood fifty years before. The village of Bradwell is a stone's throw from the sea and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens. Industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the marshes, and when a village battle ensues for and against this environmental hazard, young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood.

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A tender, lyrical tale from the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes.In this involving tale, master storyteller and former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo revisits the "e;landscape of his memories"e;, telling of his boyhood fifty years before. The village of Bradwell is a stone's throw from the sea and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens. Industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the marshes, and when a village battle ensues for and against this environmental hazard, young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood.

It's a Dog's Life

It's a Dog's Life

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A funny, heartwarming animal story from a master storyteller, perfect for children learning to read. Lula always likes me to go with her to the end of the lane. She loves a bit of a cuddle and a lick or two before the school bus comes. Oh Russ, she whispers. A horse. It's all I want for my birthday. And I'm thinking - excuse me, but what's so great about a horse? Isn't a dog good enough? The touching tale of one girl and her dog exploring farm life, from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple

Colly's Barn

Colly's Barn

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A beautifully crafted chapter book by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Perfect for children learning to read. Annie's father is going to knock down the old barn and build a new one. What will happen to Colly the swallow and all the other birds and animals that live there? Annie is worried about their safety. But one night something amazing happens and she realises that the birds are wiser than she could ever have imagined . . . The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, visit: www.egmont.co.uk/readingladder Book band: White.

Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Classic storytelling from the former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, perfect for children learning to read. At school she's called 'weedy Wendy', but Wendy isn't afraid of Slinky - Grandad's snake. When she takes Slinky to school and he wriggles out of her school bag, Wendy will brave anything to rescue him. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple Classic storytelling from the former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, perfect for children learning to read. At school she's called 'weedy Wendy', but Wendy isn't afraid of Slinky - Grandad's snake. When she takes Slinky to school and he wriggles out of her school bag, Wendy will brave anything to rescue him. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Purple

Conker

Conker

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A beautifully crafted chapter book, perfect for children learning to read. From master story-teller Michael Morpurgo. When Stevie Rooster is mean about Nick's old dog dying, Nick throws Stevie's best conker into the pond. But Grandma says there's a better way to get back at Stevie - become Conker King of Jubilee Park. Nick must use some conkers from the tree in the old scrapyard. And in that scrapyard is a skinny, starving dog who looks just like Nick's old pet. Can Nick rescue the animal and become conker champion? A moving story about grief, redemption and the love of a family pet. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging stories independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Chapters Interesting characters and themes A rich range of vocabulary More complex storylines to stretch confident readers All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: White.

The Kites Are Flying!

The Kites Are Flying!

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Jeremy Bowen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2016

From the former Children's Laureate and author of international phenomenon War Horse comes a moving tale celebrating the bright light of humanity surviving even in the darkest conflict. Travelling to the West Bank to witness first hand what life is like for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall, journalist Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites. When Said takes Max home, the reporter learns of the terrible events in the family's past and begins to understand why Said does not speak. Told from both Max's and Said's points of view, Morpurgo has created a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2016

I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone . . . From the author of the internationally acclaimed War Horse, this is a spellbinding adventure story about friendship and survival. Kensuke's Kingdom was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the FCB Award. `A dazzling adventure' - The Times

We are Not Frogs

We are Not Frogs

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2016

The frogs always beat the toads at long jump but the toads don't mind - anything for a quiet life. But then the children - and Mutt the dog - come in search of some good jumpers, and the toads see an opportunity to get their own back. Soon the poor frogs have been gathered up and put in an ice-cream tub, and they're hopping mad!Children's book legend Michael Morpurgo teams up with amazing illustration newcomer Sam Usher for an adorable story with counting activities for parents and children to share. This has the makings of another Morpurgo classic.

I Believe in Unicorns

I Believe in Unicorns

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Back by popular demand, for a second magical West End season, this intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas loves playing in the mountains where he lives and hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library...An enchanting and interactive show, I Believe in Unicorns sparks the imagination of both young and old. You too will believe in unicorns after joining Tomas's spellbinding journey! Suitable for a family audience and children aged 6+

Pinocchio Band 15/Emerald

Pinocchio Band 15/Emerald

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Remind yourself of the enchanting story of Pinocchio, by Pinocchio, retold here by the multi-award winning author Michael Morpurgo and beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. A truly beautiful edition that brings this classic tale back to life. Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends

Private Peaceful - A Play for an Ensemble

Private Peaceful - A Play for an Ensemble

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/11/2015

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

A powerful and inspiring tale of redemption from the author of WAR HORSE - with a personal introduction to the story from Michael Morpurgo. Includes 'Facts Behind the Story' section. I know a good sort when I see one. That's why I've taken him on. That's why I took you on. When a young lad strays into bad behaviour and thieving, he soon finds himself in Borstal prison for young men, lonely and without hope. But when Mr Alfie, who manages the stables, asks him to care for and tame a damaged horse, both are given a second chance. Could this bad lad 's skill with horses help him follow his dreams?

I Believe in Unicorns

I Believe in Unicorns

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

From the author of the international phenomenon War Horse comes a moving story of unity and inspiration in the face of war. A moving story about unity and inspiration in the face of destruction, by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate and author of the internationally acclaimed War Horse. Tomas hates school, hates books and hates stories. Forced to visit the library, he stops to listen to magical tales that the Unicorn Lady spins. These tales draw him in and are about to change the course of his life for ever... Set against the backdrop of war-torn Europe, I Believe in Unicorns explores the power of stories to transform lives.

The Mozart Question

The Mozart Question

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

From a master storyteller and former Children's Laureate comes a moving story of a group of musicians who survived the Holocaust using the only weapon they had. The author of the international phenomenon War Horse brings us a moving tale of secrets and survival bound together by the power of music. When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his fiftieth birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all - except the Mozart question. But it is Paulo himself who decides that the time has come for the truth to be told. And so follows the story of his parents in a Jewish concentration camp, forced to play Mozart violin concerti for the enemy; how they watched fellow Jews being led off to their deaths and knew that they were playing for their lives. As the story unfolds, the journalist begins to understand the full horror of war - and how one group of musicians survived using the only weapon they had.

Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Curl up by the fireside with an enchanting collection of Christmas stories from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Lose yourself in faraway lands and unexpected adventures with five festive tales from the man who gave us War Horse. The Best Christmas Present in the World A mysterious letter in a secret drawer brings one night in the Great War vividly to life. Writing home from the front, a soldier has an incredible story to tell. The Best of Times When the Prince and Princess marry, joy rings out across the land. But all too soon it fades away and a shadow hangs over the royal palace. As Christmas approaches, Prince Frederico must find a way to warm his new bride's aching heart. The Goose is Getting Fat Gertrude the goose is getting bigger by the day, and Charlie is proud to look after her. But as Christmas approaches, the thought of the grizzly fate awaiting her fills him with sadness. Can he save Gertrude from the Christmas dinner table? On Angel Wings One cold Christmas night, a shepherd recounts the magical story of how he came to be the first visitor to the newborn Christ child - ahead of the other shepherds, and in complete secret. Mimi and the Mountain Dragon In her castle lair high in the mountains of Switzerland, lives a terrible dragon. In the village below, lives a little girl called Mimi. When she finds a baby dragon in the woodshed, she makes a brave decision that will bring joy and peace to the village for ever. In this stunning collection, the former Children's Laureate demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller. Each individual Christmas story also features beautiful illustrations from the biggest names in children's books - from Roald Dah's illustrator Quentin Blake to Michael Foreman and Emma Chichester Clark to Sophie Allsopp and Helen Stephens. The perfect Christmas storytime experience for children aged 4 and up. A real thing of beauty. Look out for some of Michael's other great books: Little Foxes, Why the Whales Came, Friend or Foe, Mr Nobody's Eyes. Michael Morpurgo is the master storyteller of Kensuke's Kingdom, An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael Morpurgo has written more than a hundred books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Eagle in the Snow

Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II.1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time.And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing.It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 08/10/2015

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

Clare and her Captain

Clare and her Captain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2015

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare is bored by her parents' squabbling and longs for an adventure of her own. Her summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner. This is a must-have for every fan of Morpurgo's classic storytelling and Rayner's highly sought-after artwork, and a gift to treasure for young and old.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A beautiful new edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats takes over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2015

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2015

The powerful new novel from the master storyteller - inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. 1940. The train is under attacks from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story. The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made - a mistake he must put right before it is too late...

World War Two Collection: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, An Elephant in the Garden, Little Manfred

World War Two Collection: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, An Elephant in the Garden, Little Manfred

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2015

Three thrilling, moving and heart-lifting novels set against the backdrop of World War II. By master storyteller Michael Morpurgo - award-winning former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse.All three stories are illustrated by the hugely talented and award-winning, Michael Foreman.THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS: It's 1943, and Lily lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel.Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas and returns to the forbidden area. Frantic to find her, Lily decides to enter the danger zone herself...AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN: It's 1945. Elizabeth's father is fighting with the German army on the eastern front. Her mother works at Dresden zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. When the zoo director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves Marlene into the back garden to save her... and then the bombs start to fall.Their home destroyed, Elizabeth and her family must flee the bombed-out city and through the wintery landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow...LITTLE MANFRED: It is the summer of 1966, and Charley and her little brother, Alex, are walking their dog Manfred on the beach when they notice two old men, staring out to sea. A chance encounter brings them together and slowly Charley and Alex learn of their mother's past.For in 1945 , their farmstead home was a posting for German prisoners of war and their mother Grace was just a little girl...This edition of Little Manfred includes beautiful full-colour illustrations.

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2015

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve... A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Half a Man

Half a Man

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2015

Revered author Michael Morpurgo looks back on the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. Revered storyteller Michael Morpurgo remembers the post-war Britain of his childhood in this unflinching and deeply poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war. From a young age, Michael was both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa's ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he came to stay, Michael was warned by his mother that he must not stare, he must not make too much noise, he must not ask Grandpa any questions about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays, and as he finally learns the story behind his injuries, he gets to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael can see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing some of the scars that have divided his family for so long.

Best Mates

Best Mates

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2015

A collection of six magical and heart-warming animal stories, specially for World Book Day, by the nation's favourite storyteller. From the author who brought you Joey the War Horse, Shadow the dog and Kaspar the cat comes a pocket-sized collection of perfect animal stories - proving that it's not just dogs that are man's best friends... Taken from the length of Michael Morpurgo's career, the tales in this charming book will delight any child who loves animals ... or stories! Readers will return to the best mates in this little book again and again. From dogs to cats, and from horses to dolphins and whales, it's all here in this timeless treasury. Contains the stories: * The Silver Swan * It's a Dog's Life * Snug * Didn't We Have a Lovely Time? * Dolphin Boy * This Morning I Met a Whale

Nur Meer und Himmel

Nur Meer und Himmel

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 19/02/2015

Bestsellerautor Michael Morpurgo erzahlt von der langsamen Annaherung eines Kriegsversehrten und seines EnkelsohnsSeit Michael denken kann, furchtet er sich vor den Besuchen seines Grovaters. Nicht, weil dem alten Mann mehrere Finger fehlen und sein Gesicht von Verbrennungen entstellt ist, sondern weil seine Eltern in seiner Gegenwart so angespannt sind. Was dem Grovater zugestoen ist - daruber spricht niemand. Nur Michael hort nicht auf, sich diese Frage zu stellen, und eines Tages bricht der Grovater das Schweigen.Michael Morpurgo ist ein brillanter Erzahler - zusammen mit den farbigen Illustrationen von Gemma O'Callaghan brennt diese Geschichte lichterloh, bis ganz am Ende so etwas wie Frieden einkehrt.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2015

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE."e;Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story..."e;So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in black-and-white by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/12/2014

Michael Morpurgo's classic tale, capturing the power of the human spirit. First published back in 1982, `War Horse' has taken the world by storm. The book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre and on Broadway. This full and unabridged edition is beautifully performed by the National Theatre's first Albert, OIivier-award-winner Luke Treadaway. At the outbreak of World War 1, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2014

Michael Morpurgo's classic tale, capturing the power of the human spirit. First published back in 1982, `War Horse' has taken the world by storm. The book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre and on Broadway. This full and unabridged edition is beautifully performed by the National Theatre's first Albert, OIivier-award-winner Luke Treadaway. At the outbreak of World War 1, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/12/2014

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way.

Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker's Journey

Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker's Journey

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

An spellbinding insight into storytelling from one of today's greatest writers.This collection by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, contains short stories, essays and commentaries to illuminate the craft of storytelling. Analyzing all aspects of writing - character, plot, sources and inspiration, retelling and biography - it is perfect for anyone, young or old, who loves great stories and wants to know more about the art of telling tales.

Kites Are Flying!

Kites Are Flying!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

A most moving tale celebrating the bright light of humanity surviving even in the darkest conflict.Travelling to the West Bank to witness first hand what life is like for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall, journalist Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites. When Said takes Max home, the reporter learns of the terrible events in the family's past and begins to understand why Said does not speak. Told from both Max's and Said's points of view, Morpurgo has created a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.

This Morning I Met a Whale

This Morning I Met a Whale

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

A fictional account of the day a whale swam up the Thames, in which the whale makes an environmental plea to the boy who first sees him.At sunrise, young Michael spots a whale on the shores of the Thames and thinks he must be dreaming. But the creature is real and it has a message for him - one that only an open-minded child can deliver to the rest of the world. The whale warns that the earth's days are numbered and that humans must put right the damage they are doing, but how can Michael fulfil his promise to tell others when neither his teacher nor his classmates will believe his story? Within hours, the city and the wider world have learned of London's remarkable visitor, and all eyes are on the whale's struggle against the receding tide. Michael must now join his new friend in a race against time to reach the ocean, and hold fast to his promise in the race to save the world itself.

Meeting Cezanne

Meeting Cezanne

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2014

A gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence.When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his Aunt Mathilde in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. If the paintings of his mother's beloved Cezanne are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys of Aix-en-Provence; daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping in his aunt and uncle's bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. Then the idyll is spoilt when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. Yannick is devastated by what he has done, and resolves to put things right. But in so doing he makes a surprising discovery...

An Elephant in the Garden

An Elephant in the Garden

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2014

An Elephant in the Garden is Simon Reade's new adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling children's novel. 1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother - and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War. Escaping the Allies' advance from the West - and also the advancing Russian armies from the East - this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon. It is Lizzie's story - but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, loadbearing, indestructible, cheering - Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

Where My Wellies Take Me

Where My Wellies Take Me

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it's sunshiney or cold - long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Follow Pippa into the beautiful countryside as her day unfolds, and the wildlife, animals and people she encounters are complemented by relevant poems from some of our greatest authors. Part poetry anthology, part child's scrapbook, this is a truly lavish project designed to instil a love of language in young children.

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2014

As soon as the bells stop ringing, I(1)m going to carry you home to your mother, back up to the Mountain Dragon's castle . . . In her castle lair high in the mountains of Switzerland, lives a terrible dragon. In the village below, lives a little girl called Mimi. When she finds a baby dragon in the woodshed, she makes a brave decision that will bring joy and peace to the village for ever. A heart-warming Christmas adventure, that all the family can share. The perfect combination of magic, adventure and Christmas cheer - and makes an ideal stocking filler.

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2014

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller.May, 1915.Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy.Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...?Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear.WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve...A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/09/2014

The perfect gift for younger children, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through Michael Morpurgo, master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is that I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story, now abridged for reading together with younger children. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising picture-book adaptation of a much-loved tale.

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2014

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve... A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/09/2014

The stunning novel set during World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy...? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve... A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of PRIVATE PEACEFUL - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore...

Half a Man

Half a Man

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2014

Revered War Horse author Michael Morpurgo remembers the post-war Britain of his childhood in an unflinching and poignant tale inspired by the tireless work of one WWII plastic surgeon.A poignant tale of the physical and mental scars of war from the acclaimed author of War Horse, illustrated by a talented new screen printer. From a young age, Michael was both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa's ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he came to stay, Michael was warned by his mother that he must not stare; must not make too much noise; must not ask Grandpa about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays, and as he finally learns the story behind Grandpa's injuries, he gets to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael can see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing some of the scars that have divided his family for so long.

The White Horse of Zennor

The White Horse of Zennor

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2014

Since the beginning of time, strange and mysterious things have happened here . . . At the furthest edge of Britain, where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. These are unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner. This haunting collection of short stories by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo includes magical illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

Private Peaceful A BBC Radio Drama

Private Peaceful A BBC Radio Drama

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 17/07/2014

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the powerful novel set in the First World War, from the author of War Horse. This is the story of Thomas `Tommo' Peaceful, a young soldier who finds himself in Belgium, in the trenches of the First World War, with his brother Charlie. It is also the story of Tommo's life, growing up in Devon with his brothers, and of his love for Molly, the beautiful girl he met on his first day at school. As the story unfolds, from past to present, so approaches the hour when Tommo and Charlie will be separated for ever. The horrors of the First World War, and the injustice meted out to the soldiers who fought in it, are movingly described. Recorded on location Iddesleigh, the Devon village where the book is set, this radio dramatisation features among its cast Paul Chequer, Nicholas Lyndhurst and author Michael Morpurgo himself. It also features; Ted Allpress, Harvey Allpress, Amy Reade, Daniel Houghton, Paul Chequer, Mark Quartley, Annette Chown, Ben Allen, Alison Reid, Nick Brimble, Christopher Bianchi, Peter Ellis, Jonathan Keeble, Terence Mann, Simon Reade and Susan Roberts.

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2014

A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the powerful novel set in the First World War, from the author of War Horse.This is the story of Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful, a young soldier who finds himself in Belgium, in the trenches of the First World War, with his brother Charlie. It is also the story of Tommo's life, growing up in Devon with his brothers, and of his love for Molly, the beautiful girl he met on his first day at school.As the story unfolds, from past to present, so approaches the hour when Tommo and Charlie will be separated for ever. The horrors of the First World War, and the injustice meted out to the soldiers who fought in it, are movingly described.Recorded on location Iddesleigh, the Devon village where the book is set, this radio dramatisation features among its cast Paul Chequer, Nicholas Lyndhurst and author Michael Morpurgo himself.It also features; Ted Allpress, Harvey Allpress, Amy Reade, Daniel Houghton, Paul Chequer, Mark Quartley, Annette Chown, Ben Allen, Alison Reid, Nick Brimble, Christopher Bianchi, Peter Ellis, Jonathan Keeble, Terence Mann, Simon Reade and Susan Roberts.

Unforgettable Journeys: Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea, Running Wild and Dear Olly

Unforgettable Journeys: Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea, Running Wild and Dear Olly

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2014

Three unforgettable life-affirming journeys from the nation's favourite storyteller to capture your heart.'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea':How far would you go to find yourself? When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose love of the sea is as strong and as vital as her father's. Now Allie has a boat that will take her to England solo, across the world's roughest seas, in search of her father's long-lost sister... Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?'Running Wild':An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure. For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday. It's an escape. But when Will is riding an elephant called Oona moments before the tsunami comes crashing in, it's up to Oona to get them away as fast as possible. But she doesn't stop. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he's not completely alone... He's got Oona.'Dear Olly':A moving story of a brother, a sister and... a swallow and how all are in some way victims of the horrors of landmines. Three separate stories are woven into one powerful and moving novel whose central theme exposes the horrors of war and of landmines, but also the endurance of the human spirit.

Favourite Dog Stories: Shadow, Cool! and Born to Run

Favourite Dog Stories: Shadow, Cool! and Born to Run

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2014

Tales from the nation's favourite storyteller about man's best friend who will do anything to protect their loving owners.'Shadow':Aman and his mother live in war-torn Afghanistan. When a Western dog appears at the mouth of their cave, it soon becomes Aman's constant companion, his shadow as he calls her. But life is becoming increasingly dangerous for Aman and his family...'Cool!':Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma - victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness.'Born to Run':When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can't bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn't he just keep one of them? Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that's what he becomes. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer's step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can't run any more?

Favourite Cat Stories: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Kaspar and The Butterfly Lion

Favourite Cat Stories: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Kaspar and The Butterfly Lion

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2014

Three beautiful tales for all feline-lovers told by the nation's favourite storyteller including wartime kittens and African lion cubs.'The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips':In 1943, Lily Treganza was living in a sleepy seaside village, scarcely touched by the war. But all that was soon to change...'Kaspar':Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bellboy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room, including this very special cat!'The Butterfly Lion':When Bertie is a little boy, he rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus.Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Meeting Cezanne

Meeting Cezanne

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2014

A gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence. When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his Aunt Mathilde in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. If the paintings of his mother's beloved Cezanne are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys of Aix-en-Provence; daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping in his aunt and uncle's bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. Then the idyll is spoilt when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. Yannick is devastated by what he has done, and resolves to put things right. But in so doing he makes a surprising discovery...

World War One Collection: Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy, Farm Boy

World War One Collection: Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy, Farm Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2014

Three outstanding novels by the nation's favourite storyteller that depict unforgettable experiences of WWI.'Private Peaceful':Told in the voice of a young soldier, Private Peaceful follows twenty-four hours in the trenches during WW I, capturing his memories as he looks back over his life. It's both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War. A must-read.'A Medal for Leroy':Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history.'Farm Boy':The fascinating sequel to 'War Horse'. Set on a farm in rural Devon, this is the story of Grandpa's memories. Family secrets come to light as Michael's wonderful writing depicts the moving relationship between grandfather and grandson.

Minikid

Minikid

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

A beautifully illustrated and delightful countryside story. At school they call him Bullet, but Chris and Lisa call him Minikid. He's only come for a visit, but wherever he goes, trouble seems to follow. From orphan calves to wasps' nests, Minikid is drawn to any new sight the farm has to offer, making for some interesting learning experiences! High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

All I Said Was

All I Said Was

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2014

Imagination takes wing in this cleverly-crafted story about a boy who becomes a bird! A heart-warming and thrilling read with a powerful message about the power of books and stories. First of Barrington Stoke's picture book range for all the family with easy-read font.

Elefantenwinter

Elefantenwinter

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2013

Lizzie lebt mit ihren Eltern und ihrem jungeren Bruder in Dresden, als der Zweite Weltkrieg ausbricht. Wahrend ihr Vater an die Front muss, nimmt Lizzies Mutter eine Stelle im Dresdner Zoo an. Das Elefantenmadchen Marlene schliet sie sofort ins Herz. Als die Stadt 1944 von den Aliierten bombardiert wird, flieht die Familie - mit Marlene im Schlepptau. Die Flucht ist beschwerlich und stets begleitet von Hunger und Angst. Alle sind am Ende ihrer Krafte. Aber dann treffen sie Peter, einen kanadischen Piloten, der ihnen seine Hilfe anbietet. Doch konnen sie ihm, dem Feind, vertrauen?

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/10/2013

This production - adapted by John Tams and Sally Ward at the behest of the author - is a moving tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse during World War One. The story of a farm horse sold from Devon into the mire, wire and machine guns of the Great War of 1914-1918 brings together a stellar cast, including Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins, with music and songs from some of the UK's finest folk musicians. This drama was directed by John Tams, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for his work on the phenomenally successful War Horse stage epic at the National Theatre ('the theatrical event of the decade' - Times) and which also inspired the Steven Spielberg film. 'Sublime' - Michael Morpurgo, on hearing this completed drama. 1 CD. 59 mins.

Beowulf

Beowulf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team. In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

The classic Arthurian legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team. Of all the tales of the Knights of the Round Table, the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is surely the most magical. Here are thrills and enchantment, chivalry and courage, a challenge and a quest. Its hero is the greatest of all King Arthur's knights, Sir Gawain. His adversary is the fearsome Green Knight, who rides into Camelot one New Year's Eve with a challenge that strikes dread into Arthur's court. For Gawain, it is the start of an extraordinary adventure.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2013

This production - adapted by John Tams and Sally Ward at the behest of the author - is a moving tale of a boy's extraordinary bond with his horse during World War One. The story of a farm horse sold from Devon into the mire, wire and machine guns of the Great War of 1914-1918 brings together a stellar cast, including Timothy Spall, Brenda Blethyn and Bob Hoskins, with music and songs from some of the UK's finest folk musicians. This drama was directed by John Tams, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for his work on the phenomenally successful War Horse stage epic at the National Theatre ('the theatrical event of the decade' - Times) and which also inspired the Steven Spielberg film. 'Sublime' - Michael Morpurgo, on hearing this completed drama.

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2013

A lifetime of tales from the nation's favourite storyteller, and award-winning author of WAR HORSE - the perfect gift for any book-lover. The most comprehensive and definitive Michael Morpurgo collection ever, this gorgeous hardback edition features twenty-five enchanting short stories by the nation's favourite storyteller - as well as extracts from twenty-five of his best-loved novels. Divided into five parts - covering war, animals, memory, the sea and folk tales - this timeless treasury spans the whole of Michael Morpurgo's glittering literary career. Each of the five parts also features a full page illustration by the illustrators Michael has worked most closely with in the course of his writing life: Michael Foreman, Quentin Blake, Christian Birmingham, Emma Chichester-Clark and Peter Bailey. With such beautiful illustrations and such a wealth of extraordinary stories, don't miss this stunning treat for collectors and fans alike.

War Horse: Hardback Illustrated Collector's Edition Hardback Illustrated Collector's Edition

War Horse: Hardback Illustrated Collector's Edition Hardback Illustrated Collector's Edition

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. In the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him. In this beautiful edition of War Horse, Rae Smith's extraordinary illustrations bring to life a story of war and reconciliation with stunning vitality. War Horse has sold over a million copies and been adapted into a hit stage show and an Oscar-nominated feature film directed by Stephen Spielberg. This edition features the remarkable artwork of Olivier award-winning Rae Smith, the stage designer of the award-winning National Theatre production which is currently showing around the world.

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales from the Master Storyteller

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

A lifetime of tales from the nation's favourite storyteller, and award-winning author of WAR HORSE - the perfect gift for any book-lover. The most comprehensive and definitive Michael Morpurgo collection ever, this gorgeous hardback edition features twenty-five enchanting short stories by the nation's favourite storyteller - as well as extracts from twenty-five of his best-loved novels. Divided into five parts - covering war, animals, memory, the sea and folk tales - this timeless treasury spans the whole of Michael Morpurgo's glittering literary career. Each of the five parts also features a full page illustration by the illustrators Michael has worked most closely with in the course of his writing life: Michael Foreman, Quentin Blake, Christian Birmingham, Emma Chichester-Clark and Peter Bailey. With such beautiful illustrations and such a wealth of extraordinary stories, don't miss this stunning treat for collectors and fans alike.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Now - there's no point in pretending here - I was, and still am deep down, a puppet. Everyone knows Pinocchio is a puppet. I reckon I must be just about the most famous puppet the world has ever known. But the truth is I'm not just a puppet, I'm more than just bits of wood and string. I'm me. So I thought it was about time that I, Pinocchio, told you my story... So begins this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story. Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio's words to tell the famous puppet's story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.

The Castle In The Field

The Castle In The Field

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2013

A great countryside tale. 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...High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2013

A captivating retelling of the nation's favourite fairy tale, from the nation's favourite storyteller, Michael Morpurgo.After encountering a fearsome beast at a mysterious palace, down-on-his-luck merchant Marco is forced to make a promise in exchange for his life: he must persuade one of his three daughters to return to the palace in his place - but she must come of her own free will.Beautiful, kind-hearted Belle agrees at once to return to the palace, and there she and the Beast exist companionably, with the Beast asking of Belle the same question at the end of each day: "e;Dearest Belle, will you marry me?"e;After a return home to consult with her father, Belle resolves to follow her heart and return to the Beast, but her plans are thwarted by the trickery of her jealous sisters. When, at last, Belle is able to find her way back to the palace, she finds her beloved Beast lying as still as death on the ground. As Belle's tears fall on his face, the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince - the ancient spell upon him broken by Belle's tears of true love...

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

A spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

Snug

Snug

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

A great countryside story. Wherever Lisa goes, her cat Snug follows. But as Snug grows up he spends more time away from home and one night comes home all beaten up. A beautifully illustrated and delightful story about animals and friendship. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army. A novel about families, identity and loss by bestselling award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss. A story that will change everything - and reveal to Michael who he really is...

Dancing Bear

Dancing Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2013

A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller.High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village - safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear...

Because a Fire Was in My Head

Because a Fire Was in My Head

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

A wonderful anthology of poems to set fire to the imagination. We only have to 'remember, remember the 5th of November' to see a dark night filled with fireworks and bonfires. In their many different ways - through their sounds, rhythms, stories, surprises and jokes - these poems will set the fireworks crackling in our own heads. Michael Morpurgo has brought together poems by writers as diverse as Spike Milligan and Louis MacNeice, Stevie Smith and John Lennon, Jo Shapcott and Lewis Carroll. Once read, they won't be forgotten - some even beg to be learned by heart. This is anthology will form the cornerstone to a lifetime's enjoyment of poetry.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2013

A captivating retelling of the nation's favourite fairy tale, from the nation's favourite storyteller, Michael Morpurgo. After encountering a fearsome beast at a mysterious palace, down-on-his-luck merchant Marco is forced to make a promise in exchange for his life: he must persuade one of his three daughters to return to the palace in his place - but she must come of her own free will. Beautiful, kind-hearted Belle agrees at once to return to the palace, and there she and the Beast exist companionably, with the Beast asking of Belle the same question at the end of each day: Dearest Belle, will you marry me? After a return home to consult with her father, Belle resolves to follow her heart and return to the Beast, but her plans are thwarted by the trickery of her jealous sisters. When, at last, Belle is able to find her way back to the palace, she finds her beloved Beast lying as still as death on the ground. As Belle's tears fall on his face, the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince - the ancient spell upon him broken by Belle's tears of true love...

The Sandman and the Turtles

The Sandman and the Turtles

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2013

A magical collaboration between War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross. Michael loves his grandfather's stories about the Sandman and the turtles, but he doesn't believe that they are real. But that's about to change, because the Sandman is very real indeed . . . and Michael and his cousins Barry and Polly are going to need his help. The Sandman and the Turtles is a charming adventure from former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, the master storyteller behind An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Private Peaceful, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Tony Ross is one of Britain's best known illustrators. He has worked on the bestselling 'Little Princess' and 'Horrid Henry' stories, David Walliams' Gangsta Granny and many, many more. He lives in Wales.

Cyfres Bananas Coch: Nadroedd ac Ysgolion

Cyfres Bananas Coch: Nadroedd ac Ysgolion

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2013

Homecoming

Homecoming

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2013

A tender, lyrical tale from the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes. In this involving tale, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo revisits the landscape of his memories , telling of his boyhood in the idyllic village of Bradwell fifty years before. The village is a stone's throw from the sea and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens. But industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the site of the marshes, endangering Mrs Pettigrew's home and the gulls, owls, kestrels and thousands of insects and plants which also belong there. A village battle ensues for and against the environmental hazard of the power station, and the young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood.

Cockadoodle-Doo, Mr Sultana!

Cockadoodle-Doo, Mr Sultana!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

A rich and greedy sultan meets his match in a VERY cheeky little red rooster... Hilariously wacky tale by bestselling author of War Horse. The rich and greedy sultan loves his jewels more than anything, so when he loses a diamond button he is furious! Especially as a naughty little red rooster seems determined to keep it... A marvellously funny tale by master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo.

Little Manfred

Little Manfred

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

A heart-lifting, heartbreaking story by Michael Morpurgo, the second-biggest children's author in the UK. In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there... When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along.

Fox Friend

Fox Friend

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

From the multi award-winning and bestselling author, a beautifully re-packaged, 4u2read version, of this moving story of a girl and an injured fox cub. Clare has lived her whole life on a farm, but she's never seen a fox - until she finds a tiny, injured cub who's lost his mum. Clare cares for him herself, but has to keep him hidden from her father who thinks foxes are vermin - pests that should be shot. Can she keep the cub safe? Beautifully crafted story from the former Children's Laureate and best-selling author.

Outlaw: The story of Robin Hood

Outlaw: The story of Robin Hood

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2012

After a fierce storm, a boy discovers a human skull, buried beneath the roots of an ancient tree. A skull with a legendary story...Vivid re-imagining of the legendary hero Robin Hood by thebestselling author of War Horse."e;Tell the sheriff, tell Sir Guy of Gisbourne, tell everyone in Nottingham, that the Outlaws rule here in Sherwood, that we rule in the king's name... I am Robin Hood."e;Homeless and lost in a dark, strange forest, young Robin is rescued by a motley crew of misfits. He yearns to avenge his father and seek justice against cruel oppressors, to finally defeat the Sheriff of Nottingham, once and for all.And through his friends, Robin Hood finds the courage to become a legendary hero.

Snow Tales (Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross)

Snow Tales (Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross)

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Two beautiful, snowy animal stories, The Rainbow Bear and Little Albatross, by internationally bestselling War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo. Collected together for the first time and featuring Michael Foreman's original stunning illustrations, this is a gem of a book to be enjoyed over and over again.

Times of War Collection

Times of War Collection

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 27/09/2012

A stunning paperback collection of classic Morpurgo novels set in World War I, World War II and the Afghanistan conflict. Told in the voice of a young soldier, Private Peaceful follows twenty-four hours in his life at the front during WW I, capturing his memories as he looks back over his life. It's both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War. In An Elephant in the Garden, Elizabeth's father is fighting on the eastern front in WW II and her mother is working at Dresden zoo when the bombs start to fall. Their home destroyed, Elizabeth's family must flee through the wintery landscape, avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow... Shadow is the story of Aman, a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of war. A western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother. When they finally decide to make a bid for freedom, Shadow will not leave their side. The destinies of boy and dog are linked, always.

Medal for Leroy

Medal for Leroy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2012

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army.A new novel about identity and loss by bestselling award-winning author of WAR HORSE.Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history.A story of love and loss.A story that will change everything - and reveal to Michael who he really is...

A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army, this is a stunning new novel of identity and loss by Michael Morpurgo, biggest UK children's author and the bestselling, award-winning writer of War Horse, now a smash West End and Broadway hit as well as an Oscar-nominated movie. Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss. A story that will change everything - and reveal to Michael who he really is...

A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/09/2012

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army. A new novel about identity and loss by bestselling award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss. A story that will change everything - and reveal to Michael who he really is...

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2012

In Michael Morpurgo's moving tale of youth cut short, seventeen-year-old Tommo Peaceful relives his innocent rural past as he spends his last night in the trenches of World War One. Simon Reade's hugely successful adaptation has been touring the UK and across the globe since 2004.

Where My Wellies Take Me

Where My Wellies Take Me

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2012

Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it's sunshiney or cold - long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Follow Pippa into the beautiful countryside as her day unfolds, and the wildlife, animals and people she encounters are complemented by relevant poems from some of our greatest authors, personally chosen by Clare and Michael Morpurgo. Part poetry anthology, part child's scrapbook, this is a truly lavish project designed to instil a love of language in young children.

Freund oder Feind

Freund oder Feind

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

England wahrend des zweiten Weltkriegs. Fur David und seinen Freund Tucky ist der Krieg in weite Ferne geruckt, seit sie aus London weggeschickt worden sind und auf dem Land bei Mr Reynolds leben. Auf langen Streifzugen erkunden sie die Umgebung. Eines Abends sehen sie einen Lichtblitz uber dem Moor. Ein deutsches Kampfflugzeug sturzt ab. Und plotzlich scheint der Feind wieder ganz nah. Doch sind diese beiden Manner wirklich ihre Feinde? Oder sind es einfach zwei Menschen, die Hilfe brauchen? David und Tucky mussen eine schwierige Entscheidung treffen ...

Sparrow

Sparrow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2012

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... A superb re-imagining of Joan of Arc by master storyteller and author of War Horse. "e;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."e; 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.

Mr Skip

Mr Skip

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

Believing in magic makes dreams come true... Jackie dreams of having a horse of her own, one that'll be the fastest on the estate, the fastest in all Ireland and the fastest in the world. Mum dreams of a little cottage in the country for her and Jackie to live in. What they get is a garden gnome that Jackie finds in a rubbish skip; one she lovingly repairs and paints; a gnome she calls Mr Skip. And Jackie soon discovers that with Mr Skip, anything is possible.

The Classic Collection Volume 4

The Classic Collection Volume 4

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/06/2012

A further collection of the nation's favourite storyteller. FRIEND OR FOE (2cds), TORO TORO (2cds), FROM HEREABOUT HILL (4cds) and WRECK OF THE ZANZIBAR (1cd) TORO TORO and FRIEND OR FOE

Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2012

This story is not a story at all. It all happened. On New Year's Day Becky Morley begins to write her diary. By March, her world has changed for ever. Foot-and-mouth disease breaks out on a pig farm hundreds of miles from the Morleys' Devon home, but soon the nightmare is a few fields away. Local sheep are infected and every animal is destroyed. Will the Morleys' flock be next? Will their pedigree dairy herd, the sows with their piglets, and Little Josh, Becky's hand-reared lamb, survive? Or will they be slaughtered too? The waiting and hoping is the most agonizing experience of Becky's life . . .

Snakes and Ladders: Red Banana

Snakes and Ladders: Red Banana

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2012

Classic storytelling from the former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo for Egmont's red banana series.At school she's called 'weedy Wendy', but Wendy isn't afraid of Slinky - Grandad's snake. When she takes Slinky to school and he wriggles out of her school bag, Wendy will brave anything to rescue him.Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Outlaw The Story of Robin Hood

Outlaw The Story of Robin Hood

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2012

After a fierce storm, a boy discovers a human skull, buried beneath the roots of an ancient tree. A skull with a legendary story... Vivid re-imagining of the legendary hero Robin Hood by bestselling author of War Horse. Tell the sheriff, tell Sir Guy of Gisbourne, tell everyone in Nottingham, that the Outlaws rule here in Sherwood, that we rule in the king's name... I am Robin Hood. Homeless and lost in a dark, strange forest, young Robin is rescued by a motley crew of misfits. He yearns to avenge his father and seek justice against cruel oppressors, to finally defeat the Sheriff of Nottingham, once and for all. And through his friends, Robin Hood finds the courage to become a legendary hero.

Sparrow The Story of Joan of ARC

Sparrow The Story of Joan of ARC

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2012

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... A superb re-imagining of Joan of Arc by master storyteller and author of War Horse. 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.

Wreck Of The Zanzibar

Wreck Of The Zanzibar

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 29/03/2012

Laura Perryman's family has always lived on Bryher. But the tough lifestyle is about to get tougher... Laura Perryman's family has always lived on the tiny island of Bryher. She lives with her twin brother, Billy, her mother and father, and her Granny May. They have four milking cows, enough to keep the entire population of the island supplied with milk, and the islanders feed themselves from the sea. It is a hard life, and Billy, fourteen years old and bored with the unending milking routine, is feeling the strain. So, when the General Lee bound for New York calls at St Mary's for repairs Billy secures his passage as a cabin boy. He has left the islands before his parents know anything about it, and Laura is devastated to have lost her twin brother. Things go from bad to worse, and when ill fortune besets the island, families start to drift away from Bryher...

From Hereabout Hill

From Hereabout Hill

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2012

A thought-provoking and rich collection of short stories, many of which reflect the author's love of myths and legends, his close observations of family life, and his skills as a unique storyteller. Giant's NecklaceCherry has a necklace made out of pink shells and fishing line, but she still needs some more shells to complete it. So, with permission of her mother and father, she stays on the beach after the rest of the family have left to look for more shells. But the tide is coming in fast, and she made a promise with her mother to be back before it gets dark, so she starts to climb back up the cliff towards the cottage in Eagle's Nest where they are staying. But there is a giant storm wave coming towards her, which sweeps her off her feet and leaves her elsewhere... Ancient TimeIn Ancient Time breathes an intense life into the friendship between Jesus of Nazareth and a young follower who travels from Glastonbury to Palestine. Silver Ghost'There are very few grand houses where I live, but I did hear of one. So I went to have a look. The Parkland was rolling and gracious, the driveway imposing, but at first glance I could see no house. Then I discovered there was no house, not any more. All I found was a plaque on a wall telling me the house had been destroyed by fire. No one knows how or why the fire started. Until now.'Muck and MagicA collection of stories that explore a wide range of rural themes and settings, from the sinister countryside to a ruined Lebanese garden.

Twist of Gold

Twist of Gold

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2012

With famine gripping Ireland, Sean and Annie have just one chance of survival - they must find their father. Leaving their dying mother behind, they travel across rough seas to America. With only the gold torc that Annie wears as a necklace to protect them, they embark on a long and dangerous journey. But will they ever be reunited with their family?

Wartman

Wartman

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

A heart-warming and sensitive story about bullying from the former Children's Laureate and bestselling author is given a brand new package. Dilly's got a wart called George on his knee, causing him a lot of grief at school. Everyone laughs at him, his brother calls him 'Wartman', and he doesn't know what to do - until he meets old Mr Ben, that is. Then everything changes! Funny and touching story from a multi award-winning author. Particularly suitable for dyslexic, reluctant and struggling readers

Toro! Toro!

Toro! Toro!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2012

Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War, read by Christopher Barlow. TORO! TORO! is the story of a young boy growing up in Andalucia, Spain, on a farm rearing bulls for the bull ring. Antonito hand-rears a little black calf, but the boy doesn't yet understand the fate of the black bulls - the corrida and death. Later, learning of the horrors of the bull fight, he frees Paco, and rides with him into the hills. There they witness the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and Antonito is left alone - his family and the farm are destroyed by bombs, and Paco has run off, wild with fright. He decides to stay in the hills, where he joins the Resistance fighters. Around the campfire, Antonito hears tales of the wonderful black bull, who becomes a symbol of freedom for them all. Could this really be Paco? One night, Antonito falls asleep and dreams of Paco. In the morning, he wakes to see hoof prints on the ground beside him... A delightful story, full of nostalgia and drama in the author's own inimitable style.

Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2012

From master storyteller Michael Morpurgo comes "e;Friend or Foe"e;. Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. From master storyteller Michael Morpurgo comes "e;Friend or Foe"e;. Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace. When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David's life...

Meeting Cezanne

Meeting Cezanne

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/2012

A gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence. When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his Aunt Mathilde in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. If the paintings of his mother's beloved Cezanne are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys of Aix-en-Provence, daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping in his aunt and uncle's bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. Then the idyll is spoilt when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. Yannick is devastated by what he has done, and resolves to put things right. But in so doing he makes a surprising discovery...

Cool!

Cool!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2011

Michael Morpurgo's inspiring story of Robbie, a boy in a coma - victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness. Robbie, football fan and animal lover, runs after his dog one day when he chases a cat and is hit by a car. Unconscious, but conscious, Robbie lies in hospital, unable to speak, move or eat. But he can hear; he is aware, even though his family and friends don't know this. Inside his head, we hear Robbie's thoughts; on his Mum and sister, why his parents are separated. His friends and family try desperately to reach him - even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, comes to see him. And still Robbie can't 'wake up'. Until one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky bring Robbie back to life?

Running Wild

Running Wild

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

Luxury collector's hardback gift edition. An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the bestselling author of `War Horse' and `Born to Run'. For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday. It's an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them - things like the death of Will's father. And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that's when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he's not completely alone... He's got Oona.

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

Luxury collector's hardback gift edition. A heart-warming tale of courage, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat. Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again. It's 1943, and Lily Tregenza lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas - barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself... Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips - and wonders at how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.

Born to Run

Born to Run

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

Luxury collector's hardback gift edition. Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life, from owner to owner... The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning. When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can't bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn't he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep - only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face! Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that's what he becomes. Patrick's favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer's step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can't run any more?

The Butterfly Lion

The Butterfly Lion

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2011

Luxury collector's hardback gift edition. All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. Bertie rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Farm Boy

Farm Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/10/2011

Read by Derek Jacobi and Michael Morpurgo Set on a farm in rural Devon, this is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories as told to his grandson. Grandpa's nature and his touching relationship with the boy is evoked superbly by Michael Morpurgo's writing. This two-voice read brings the characters to life as the story of Grandpa's `shame' (the fact that he cannot read and write) unfolds. Derek Jacobi is sensitive and compelling in the role of Grandpa, inspiring a true sense of achievement and triumph as he finally tells his own story in his own words.

Farm Boy

Farm Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

The magical sequel to `War Horse', soon to be a major motion picture. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpa's eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in WWI. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward fifty years with Grandpa not only telling his grandson, Joey's story but also a `shameful secret' which he has held for years... The story is set in Iddesleigh in Devon and lovingly evokes the bonds between farm and farmer; grandson and grandfather. The spirit of rural life is superbly captured in both Michael Morpurgo's writing and Michael Foreman's illustrations. An irresistible title from acclaimed author-illustrator partnership.

Shadow

Shadow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/2011

A powerful novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller... Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears - thin and war-ravaged - in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow, and that's what Aman decides to call her. But life in Afghanistan becomes more dangerous by the moment. Eventually, Aman, his mother and Shadow find the courage to embark upon the treacherous journey from war-torn Afghanistan to the safely of a relative's home in Manchester, England. But how far can Shadow lead them? And in this terrifying new world, is anywhere really safe...?

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2011

A spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark. In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a fantastic piper offers to rid Hamelin of its rats for a single gold coin, then lures away the town's children when the greedy mayor breaks his word. Masterfully weaving contemporary social and environmental themes into a gripping tale, and celebrating it with breath-taking illustrations, former British Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark team up to create a compelling new take on this timeless story.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

A desert-island adventure, and a subtle observation of friendship, trust and humanity. Winner of The Children's Book Award. Superbly read by DEREK JACOBI. When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents' yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food and he can't find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger - Kensuke - allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.

Born To Run

Born To Run

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2011

Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life - and from owner to owner... The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning. When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can't bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn't he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep - only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face!Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that's what he becomes. Patrick's favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer's step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can't run any more?

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2011

Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storytellerTold in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.

Butterfly Lion

Butterfly Lion

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2011

"e;All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you."e;A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. Bertie rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Last Wolf

Last Wolf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2011

Robbie McLeod has the misfortune to be orphaned at a very young age and is brought up for a while by his heartless uncle. He is also born into a difficult age, being young and idealistic, in Scotland, at the time of the Jacobite Uprising in 1745. Bonnie Prince Charlie has returned to Scotland from his exile in France, to claim the throne which is rightfully his. The charismatic Prince sweeps through Scotland calling men to arms as he goes, and Robbie joins them. At Culloden the Scots are overwhelmed by the English, and Robbie runs for his life from the field of battle. Aged just sixteen, he becomes a hunted man. Robbie hides in a distant and remote glen, and it is there that he makes the best friend of his life, Charlie. Not everyone would be able to make a friend from a wild wolf, but Robbie did. And if you want to know how he did it, you will have to listen to his story...

Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips

Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2011

A heartwarming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about a cat who survives against the odds. "e;Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again."e;It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas - barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself... Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips - and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.

Blodin The Beast

Blodin The Beast

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2011

Blodin the beast stalks the land, breathing fire and reducing villages to ruins. Who or what can end his tyranny? Only wise old Shanga, weaving his strange carpet, knows how to destroy the monster, but he is too old to cross the mountains that never end. Read by Harry Man. Blodin the beast stalks the land, breathing fire and reducing villages to ruins. Who or what can end his tyranny? Only wise old Shanga, weaving his strange carpet, knows how to destroy the monster, but he is too old to cross the mountains that never end.

Marble Crusher

Marble Crusher

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/07/2011

Albert starts a new school and soon learns about the headmaster's new monstrous marble crusher machine... Sid Creedy decides to have fun with the new boy, Albert. The trusting Albert believes his outrageous stories until the tale of the Marble Crusher reaches the Head Teacher...

The White Horse of Zennor

The White Horse of Zennor

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2011

A thrilling collection of myths, legends and ghost stories from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Since the beginning of time, strange and mysterious things have happened here . . . At the furthest edge of Britain, where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. Set in a church town where men become beats and ghosts roam freely, these are haunting and unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner. Morpurgo is the master storyteller of such modern classic children's books as An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Private Peaceful, and An Elephant in the Garden. He has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2011

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. At the outbreak of the First World War, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, although still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home. Narrated from an unusual perspective, Michael Morpurgo's classic novel vividly brings to life the sufferings of animals caught up in human warfare. War Horse has been adapted by the National Theatre to become a hit play and is now being made into a major motion picture by Steven Spielberg. Download the free scheme of work from the Collins Education website to support your teaching.

Little Manfred

Little Manfred

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 09/06/2011

The heart-lifting, heartbreaking new story by Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller. In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there... When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along...

Little Manfred

Little Manfred

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2011

The heart-lifting, heartbreaking story by Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller. In the Imperial War Museum is a wooden Dachshund, carved by a German prisoner of war for the children of the British family with which he stayed after the fighting ended. This is the story of how it got there... When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it's an emotional parting, with Walter leaving Grace with only a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along...

The Classic Collection Volume 3

The Classic Collection Volume 3

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/06/2011

Five unforgettable novels have been turned into fantastic audiobooks written by the award-winning former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. The novels chosen for this collection are `Dear Olly', `Billy the Kid', `Out of the Ashes', `Farm Boy' and `Kaspar'. OUT OF THE ASHES When Becky Morley begins keeping her diary in January, foot and mouth disease is just an item on the news, something happening hundreds of miles from her family's farm in Devon. But now the nightmare is a few fields away and local flocks are being destroyed. Will the Morleys' animals be next? Will their cattle, their sows and piglets escape the cull? And what about Little Josh, Becky's hand-reared lamb? The waiting and hoping is the most agonising experience of Becky's life... BILLY THE KID Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea's champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life. FARM BOY Set on a farm in rural Devon, this is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories as told to his grandson. Grandpa's nature and his touching relationship with the boy is evoked superbly by Michael Morpurgo's writing. KASPAR Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room. DEAR OLLY A moving story of a brother, a sister and... a swallow and how all are in some way victims of the horrors of landmines.

Mr Nobody's Eyes

Mr Nobody's Eyes

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 02/06/2011

Things have been difficult for Harry since his mother remarried. With a new baby at home, and only trouble at school, life is unbearable. Ocky the chimp, escaped from the circus, offers Harry a chance for a new life.Things have been difficult for Harry since his mother remarried. With a new baby at home, and only trouble at school, life is unbearable. Ocky the chimp, escaped from the circus, offers Harry a chance for a new life. With his friend, Harry runs away from all the people who seem so hard on him. At first, life on the road is an adventure, but gradually everyone they trust betrays them. When their lives are in danger, who will help Harry and Ocky?

Who's A Big Bully Then?

Who's A Big Bully Then?

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2011

A comedy involving a boy, a bully and a serious case of mistaken identity. School bully, Darren Bishop, is beaten in a race and wants to get even with the winner.

King Of The Forest

King Of The Forest

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2011

One morning, while chopping wood in the forest, Tod notices a small white fawn fleeing the King's hunt. Swiftly, Tod gathers the fawn into his arms and runs back to his father's cottage. As the years go by, the fawn grows into a magnificent white stag, and the bonds between boy and deer grow strong. But Tod has yet to face a great test of his devotion to the king in the forest.

Mr Skip

Mr Skip

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2011

"e;I'll put you together again. And Mum and me, we'll look after you alright?!?"e;Jackie wants a horse of her own, one that'll be the fastest on the estate, the fastest in all of Ireland and the fastest in all the world. Mum wants a little cottage in the country for her and Jackie to live in. What they get is a garden gnome that Jackie finds in a rubbish skip; a gnome she lovingly repairs and paints; a gnome she calls Mister Skip. And Jackie soon discovers that with Mister Skip, anything is possible!A fairy-tale for today from a master storyteller.

Rainbow Bear

Rainbow Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 31/03/2011

The poignant story of a polar bear who longs to soak himself in all the colours of the rainbow. The polar bear is bored of his white environment and his hard life. He dreams of soaking himself in all the luminous colours of the rainbow. But when his wish is granted, he realizes to his cost that his arctic camouflage no longer works and he needs the advice of others to escape his prism.

Nine lives of Montezuma

Nine lives of Montezuma

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2011

A cat's nine lives are full of adventure and excitement and none more so than Montezuma the farmyard cat.From a young kitten to a grand old cat, he is cunning and proud while establishing his kingdom, but to Matthew, he's always loving and adorable

Kaspar: Prince Of Cats

Kaspar: Prince Of Cats

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2011

Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room. But Johnny didn't expect to end up with Kaspar on his hands forever, and nor did he count on making friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress. Pretty soon, events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world, surviving theft, shipwreck and rooftop rescues along the way. Because everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he's Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker, and as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic...

Silver Swan

Silver Swan

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

A wonderful tale of nature, set on the wintery shores of a Scottish loch. How will the silver swan feed her cygnets in the midst of winter, when there are hungry foxes prowling, with cubs with mouths to feed?

Wombat Goes Walkabout

Wombat Goes Walkabout

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

Wombat loves digging deep holes and thinking deep thoughts, but nobody thinks much of that until danger threatens the bush and he comes up with a great big idea... One day Wombat digs the deepest hole he's ever dug and crawls into the cool darkness to think. But when he climbs out again, he can't see his mother anywhere. He is all alone. As he wanders through the great outback looking for her, Wombat meets all kinds of wonderful creatures - Kookaburra, Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy and Koala, but none of them think very much of him. But when a fire sweeps through the bush, it is Wombat's skills which save the day, and everyone races off to find his mum and bring her back to him.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

Classic fables are told with a twist by the wonderful children's author Michael Morpurgo. Read by Harry Man. Classic fables which are told with a twist by the wonderful Childrens book author Michael Morpurgo. READ BY HARRY MAN

Cool As A Cucumber

Cool As A Cucumber

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

Cool As A Cucumber is a delightful story about a boy called Peter, who at first seems a little reluctant to help dig up a garden patch for his school project to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. He then starts to dig up some interesting things - a huge worm, a big beetle, bits of china, an old coin and what looks like a giant cucumber, but turns out to be something a lot more exciting!

Conker

Conker

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

When Nick's grandmother decides to help him become Conker Cahmpion of Jubilee Park, she sends him off to find some special conkers from Cotter's Yard. But Nick frinds far more than conkers in the Yard. When Nick's grandmother decides to help him become Conker Cahmpion of Jubilee Park, she sends him off to find some special conkers from Cotter's Yard. But Nick frinds far more than conkers in the Yard. He discovers a half-starved dog who needs his help. Will Nick be able to rescue him?

Snakes And Ladders

Snakes And Ladders

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

At school she's called "e;wimpy Wendy"e; - but Wendy isn't afraid of Slinky, Grandpa's snake. At school she's called "e;wimpy Wendy"e; - but Wendy isn't afraid of Slinky, Grandpa's snake. When she takes Slinky to school and her he wriggles out of her school bag, Wendy will brave anything to rescue him. "e;SOME PEOPLE HAVE goldfish or tortoises or hamsters. Wendy's Grandpa had a snake, a king snake called Slinky. He was black and gold with little beady eyes and an ever-flicking forked tongue."e;

Jojo The Melon Donkey

Jojo The Melon Donkey

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

Jo-Jo sells melons in Venice. One dark night he has to save the city from the sea... Jo-Jo sells melons in Venice. One dark night he has to save the city from the sea. With the help and a little encouragement from the Doge's daughter, Jo-Jo realises that anything is possible - and he can do more than simply selling melons.

Mairi's Mermaid

Mairi's Mermaid

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

Robbie says swimming is easy. You just have to pretend you're a mermaid. With a little bit of help from a new special friend, Mairi soon learns that swimming is fun and that she has nothing to worry about. Robbie says swimming is easy. You just have to pretend you're a mermaid. But that doesn't help Mairi. She isn't even sure that mermaids are real...

Miss Wirtles Revenge

Miss Wirtles Revenge

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

A fun, clever poem about Melinda and her frightening, malevolent school mistress Miss Wirtle. Miss Wirtle saves the day as one of her pupils dares to race all the boys in Devon.

Red Eyes At Night

Red Eyes At Night

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2010

A brilliant tale about making friends from the master storyteller To get revenge on her show-off cousin Geraldine, Millie tells her about the red-eyed ghost who lives in the garden shed...and scares herself silly!

Billy The Kid

Billy The Kid

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2010

Read by the inimitable Richard Attenborough. Billy was a champion soccer star, playing for Chelsea in the 1930s. But that was before war broke out... Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea's champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life. Billy joins Chelsea as a football apprentice, rises through the reserves to become a real champion. His passion for football sees him through the war years - even as a prisoner of war he organises a friendly against the Italians - but, having been injured by a mine he cannot play for Chelsea on his return to England. Billy turns to vagrancy and alcohol and for years he wanders up and down the country. He re-settles in London in a derelict house and is befriended by a family who move him to a shed in their garden. He, in turn, helps their son with his football who in his turn becomes a Chelsea player. Billy becomes a Chelsea Pensioner and his 80th birthday is celebrated when Chelsea play at home. A novel for both children and adults which deals with some difficult issues. Michael Morpurgo's storytelling is superb.

Dear Olly

Dear Olly

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2010

Ollie's brother wants to go and work with children who have been made orphans, through war, in Africa. He wants to be a clown and make them laugh. His mother and sister want him to stay in England and go to university. Hero, a swallow, has a journey to make too. He must fly to Africa for the winter to join all the other swallows. His journey is difficult and fraught with danger. Three separate stories are woven into one powerful and moving novel whose central theme exposes the horrors of war and of landmines, but also the endurance of the human spirit.

Farm Boy

Farm Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2010

Read by Derek Jacobi and Michael MorpurgoSet on a farm in rural Devon, this is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories as told to his grandson. Grandpa's nature and his touching relationship with the boy is evoked superbly by Michael Morpurgo's writing. This two-voice read brings the characters to life as the story of Grandpa's 'shame' (the fact that he cannot read and write) unfolds. Derek Jacobi is sensitive and compelling in the role of Grandpa, inspiring a true sense of achievement and triumph as he finally tells his own story in his own words.

Out Of The Ashes

Out Of The Ashes

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2010

On January 1st 2001, Becky Morley begins to write her diary. By March 12th, her world has changed for ever... When Becky Morley begins keeping her diary in January, foot and mouth disease is just an item on the news, something happening hundreds of miles from her family's farm in Devon. But now the nightmare is a few fields away and local flocks are being destroyed. Will the Morleys' animals be next? Will their cattle, their sows and piglets escape the cull? And what about Little Josh, Becky's hand-reared lamb? The waiting and hoping is the most agonising experience of Becky's life... Out of the Ashes is a powerful and moving fictional account of true events by award-winning author, Michael Morpurgo.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2010

Kensuke's Kingdom is a true children's classic by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, the creator of War Horse. I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you haven't got your safety harness on, you haven't got your lifejacket on. You shouldn't be doing this . . . I was in the cold of the sea before I could even open my mouth to scream. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone . . . From the author of War Horse, Private Peaceful, An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, and I Believe in Unicorns comes a stunning children's story - loved by kids, teachers and parents alike. One of the best books for children aged 10 and up. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Reviewed as `A dazzling adventure' by The Times.

Shadow

Shadow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/09/2010

A stunning and moving new novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller - featuring the bravest dog in all the world... This is the story of Aman, as told in his own words - a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of the Afghan war. When a western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother, Aman is initially repulsed - it is not customary for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother finally decide to make a bid for freedom, the dog Aman has called Shadow will not leave their side. Soon it becomes clear: the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be...

Shadow

Shadow

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 30/09/2010

A stunning and moving novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller - featuring the bravest dog in all the world... This is the story of Aman, as told in his own words - a boy from Afghanistan fleeing the horror of the Afghan war. When a western dog shows up outside the caves where Aman lives with his mother, Aman is initially repulsed - it is not customary for people to keep dogs as pets in his part of the world. But when Aman and his mother finally decide to make a bid for freedom, the dog Aman has called Shadow will not leave their side. Soon it becomes clear: the destinies of boy and dog are linked, and always will be...

Cockadoodle Doo Mr Sultana

Cockadoodle Doo Mr Sultana

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2010

When a clever little rooster finds a diamond, he thinks it only just that he shares his good fortune with his poor and loving mistress. But a greedy sultan is determined to claim the diamond for his own - and devises a series of traps to outwit the plucky bird. A hilarious chase ensues, and we are shown that greed and avarice lead to nothing but sorrow, whilst true happiness lies in a generous spirit.

Running Wild

Running Wild

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2010

The epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the nation's favourite storyteller, now available in paperback. For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday. It's an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them - things like the death of Will's father. And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that's when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he's not completely alone... He's got Oona.

Elephant in the Garden

Elephant in the Garden

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

A thrilling and moving tale about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war. Perfect for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion... It's 1945. Elizabeth's father is fighting with the German army on the eastern front. Her mother works at Dresden zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. When the zoo director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves Marlene into the back garden to save her... and then the bombs start to fall. Their home destroyed, Elizabeth and her family must flee the bombed-out city and through the wintery landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow...

Best Christmas Present In The World

Best Christmas Present In The World

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

It's Christmas in 1914 in the trenches of the Western Front. And something wonderful has just happened... A forgotten letter in a secret drawer brings one night in the Great War vividly back to life. Writing home from the front, a soldier has an incredible story to tell.

Little Albatross

Little Albatross

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

This exciting, beautifully told story will delight all animal lovers. The last snows of winter are melting away and Little Albatross sits snug in the warmth of Mother Albatross' feathers. He grows bigger and stronger until one day Mother and Father Albatross go fishing together, leaving Little Albatross alone for the first time. Will they return in time to save him from the killer bird who is watching, waiting...?

On Angel Wings

On Angel Wings

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

A charming re-telling of the Christmas story from the legendary Michael Morpurgo. Who looks after the sheep when the shepherds rush off to see the new baby Jesus?

Mozart Question

Mozart Question

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

"e;The time has come, I think, not to lie any more."e;This beautiful recording features solo performances by various classical musicians. When cub reporter Lesley is sent to Venice to interview a world-renowned violinist, the journalist is told she can ask Paolo Levi anything about his life and career as a musician, but on no account must she ask him the Mozart question; never the Mozart question. Paolo, however, has realised he must finally reveal the truth.

Colly's Barn

Colly's Barn

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

A masterfully crafted tale from the former Children's Laureate. When Annie's father plans to tear down the old barn and replace it with a modern shed, Annie and her grandfather worry about all the birds that nest in the rickety old structure.

Dolphin Boy

Dolphin Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 27/05/2010

A wonderful tale from the former Children's Laureate. Read by Jot Davies, this enthralling tale from former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has all the qualities of a classic for generations to come.

Not Bad for a Bad Lad

Not Bad for a Bad Lad

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Everyone thinks this lad is bad, so it's no surprise when he's sent to Borstal. But then he starts work in the prison stable and something begins to change . . . An inspiring tale about what happens when someone is shown how to follow their dreams, with illustrations by Michael Foreman. Also includes a fact-packed historical section.

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Not Bad For A Bad Lad

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2010

Everyone thinks this lad is bad, so it's no surprise when he's sent to Borstal. But then he starts work in the prison stable and something begins to change . . . An inspiring tale about what happens when someone is shown how to follow their dreams, with illustrations by Michael Foreman. Also includes a fact-packed historical section.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 07/01/2010

Michael Morpurgo's classic tale, capturing the power of the human spirit.Beautifully performed by Dan Stevens, 'War Horse' has taken the world by storm. First published back in 1982, the book was adapted to the stage and was performed at the National Theatre and on Broadway.At the outbreak of World War 1, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

Kaspar Prince of Cats

Kaspar Prince of Cats

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

A heart-warming, colour-illustrated novel about Kaspar the Savoy cat, from the award-winning author of Born to Run and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room. But Johnny didn't expect to end up with Kaspar on his hands forever, and nor did he count on making friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress. Pretty soon, events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world, surviving theft, shipwreck and rooftop rescues along the way. Because everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he's Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker, and as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic...

The Best of Times

The Best of Times

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2009

From Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Emma Chichester Clark (author of Plumdog).The Best of Times is an uplifting Christmas story that plays on every last heart-string A story can bring love and laughter, sorrow and tears. But to save a life . . . that will require the greatest story of all. When the Prince and the Princess marry, joy rings out across the land. But all too soon it fades away and a shadow hangs over the royal palace. As Christmas approaches, Prince Frederico must find a way to warm his new bride's aching heart. A heart-warming Christmas adventure, that all the family can share. The perfect combination of magic, adventure and Christmas cheer - and makes an ideal festive stocking filler for kids aged 5 and up. Look out for Michael's other Christmas classics The Goose is Getting Fat, Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, The Best Christmas Present in the World and On Angel Wings. Michael Morpurgo is the master storyteller of Kensuke's Kingdom, An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael has written more than a hundred books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Emma Chichester Clark is one of the country's top children's books illustrators, and is a past winner of the Mother Goose award. She has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal (for I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!), and shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler award twice. She has also won the Premio Grizane Cavour, a prestigious literary award in Italy. She studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College, where she was taught by Quentin Blake.

The Goose is Getting Fat

The Goose is Getting Fat

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2009

The Goose is Getting Fat is a beautiful Christmas story from the genius of War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, beautifully illustrated by A Flower in the Snow illustrator, Sophie Allsopp. Gertrude the goose is getting bigger by the day, and Charlie is proud to look after her. But as Christmas approaches, the thought of the grizzly fate awaiting her fills him with sadness. Can he save Gertrude from the Christmas dinner table? A heart-warming Christmas adventure, that all the family can share. The perfect combination of magic, adventure and Christmas cheer - and makes an ideal festive stocking filler for kids aged 5 and up. Look out for Michael's other Christmas classics Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, The Best of Times, The Best Christmas Present in the World and On Angel Wings. Michael Morpurgo is the master storyteller of Kensuke's Kingdom, An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael has written more than a hundred books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Sophie Allsop has published books with the likes of Joe Berger and Ali Pye. Sophie grew up in Hong Kong where she particularly enjoyed living in a hotel and going to school on a tram. After studying for her illustration degree in Bath, Sophie won several awards, including a travel bursary from the Royal Society of Art and was awarded a grant from the Prince of Wales Trust to set up her illustration business. Sophie has been illustrating for clients all over the world for almost twenty years. Sophie has released books with Michael Morpurgo, Lois Rock and Sophie Piper.

The Classic Collection Volume 1

The Classic Collection Volume 1

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/10/2009

Three unforgettable novels have been turned into fantastic audiobooks written by the award-winning former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Actors reading include Sir Ian MacKellen, Emilia Fox, Jenny Agutter, Tim Pigott-Smith and the author himself. Adolphus Tips A heartwarming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about a cat who survives against the odds. It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel. Dancing Bear A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village - safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear... Alone on a wide, wide sea... There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye... That is all I remember of England. When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie - a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?

Running Wild

Running Wild

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/09/2009

An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the bestselling author of Kaspar and Born to Run. For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday. It's an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them - things like the death of Will's father. And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that's when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he's not completely alone... He's got Oona.

Running Wild

Running Wild

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2009

An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the bestselling author of Kaspar and Born to Run.For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday. It's an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them - things like the death of Will's father.And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that's when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running.With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he's not completely alone...He's got Oona.

Oxford Playscripts: War Horse

Oxford Playscripts: War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo, Nick Stafford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/06/2009

An engaging classroom playscript. This moving story, based on the novel by National Curriculum recommended author Michael Morpurgo and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, is an incredibly moving portrayal of the bond between a soldier and his horse in the deadly chaos of the First World War. Sold to the army in 1914 and separated from his beloved young master Albert, farm horse Joey is thrust into the midst of the Western Front. Albert vows to follow Joey to war and to be reunited with his friend, but will they find one another? New, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing.

Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures

Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2009

A charming series of adventures for younger readers, featuring a family of all sorts of animals that live in the farmyard behind the tumble-down barn on Mudpuddle Farm... Six fantastic stories in one volume! Mossop's Last Chance: There's mice in my barley sacks, there's rats in my roof and now there's mice in the corn bin. This time I've had enough. If you aren't up to the job, you will have to go. Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep - and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance... Albertine, Goose Queen: A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond - at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her... Jigger's Day Off: Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best made plans can go wrong... Pigs Might Fly!: It's a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It's time he learned his lesson... Martians at Mudpuddle Farm: Have Martians landed on Mudpuddle Farm? Farmer Rafferty seems to think so. Now it's up to Albertine, Goose Queen, to work it out. Luckily she's the cleverest goose in the whole world, so if anyone knows what to do, she will... Mum's the Word: Something strange is going on at Mudpuddle Farm. Egbert the goat is not himself at all. Instead of grumbling, he's singing and dancing! And he's even greedier than usual...

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat! `Classic Morpurgo brilliance' - Publishing News Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again. It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas - barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself... Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips - and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.

Alien Invasion!

Alien Invasion!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2008

Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Martians at Mudpuddle Farm: Have Martians landed on Mudpuddle Farm? Farmer Rafferty seems to think so. Now it's up to Albertine, Goose Queen, to work it out. Luckily she's the cleverest goose in the whole world, so if anyone knows what to do, she will... Mum's the Word: Something strange is going on at Mudpuddle Farm. Egbert the goat is not himself at all. Instead of grumbling, he's singing and dancing! And he's even greedier than usual...

Born to Run

Born to Run

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2008

Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life - and from owner to owner... The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning. When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can't bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn't he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep - only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face! Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that's what he becomes. Patrick's favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer's step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can't run any more?

The Sleeping Sword

The Sleeping Sword

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

An enchanting take on the legend of King Arthur from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. `There stood before me an ancient man swathed in a dark and tattered fleece, his long hair and beard matted with filth, his face grey with grief and age. Holding the sword out in front of me, I backed away until I felt the sink behind me and I could go no further. His eyes followed me all the way.' When Bun Bendle is struck blind, he feels like he is drowning in blackness. But the discovery of an ancient tomb and a strangely familiar sword changes him forever. The Sleeping Sword weaves a contemporary tale with Arthurian legend in a way that is utterly spellbinding. Once again, former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller.

Arthur High King of Britain

Arthur High King of Britain

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2008

An enchanting take on the legend of King Arthur from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Marooned on a sandbank, a boy faces certain death. With the sea closing in and the current about to drag him to a watery grave, his final wish is to see heaven. Waking in a strange bed, the boy meets an old man sitting by the fire with his dog. It is Arthur, the great warrior king of legend, and from his lips the boy hears of Camelot, chivalry, magic, evil and betrayal. Arthur, High King of Britain is a gripping historical adventure from the master storyteller of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael Morpurgo has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Pigs Might Fly!

Pigs Might Fly!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2008

Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Jigger's Day Off Time has come for harvest, Jigger. So I shan't be needing you all day. It's your day off, my dear. Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best plans go wrong... And Pigs Might Fly! Flying was not nearly as easy as it looked. Pintsize stood up on his back trotters and flapped his front ones - trotters, he thought, would do just as well as wings. It's a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It's time he learned his lesson...

Cock-A-Doodle-Do!

Cock-A-Doodle-Do!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2008

Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Mossop's Last Chance: There's mice in my barley sacks, there's rats in my roof and now there's mice in the corn bin. This time I've had enough. If you aren't up to the job, you will have to go. Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep - and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance... Albertine, Goose Queen: Good morning, Madam, I've come to eat you. Your friends have all gone. There's no one to help you now. They're all very stupid, aren't they? A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond - at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her...

The Voices Of Children

The Voices Of Children

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2008

What would it have been like to grow up in the Medieval world, or during the English Civil War? Or, perhaps, during the Victorian era or World War II? The experience of childhood is one that has altered beyond recognition over the centuries as children's roles in the world have shifted with the times. First heard on Radio 4, The Voices of Children is Michael Morpurgo's thought-provoking new play illuminating the ways in which the concept of childhood has changed over the past 1000 years. As the author says of writing the play: '...I found myself on a journey of discovery as intense as childhood itself. Here was an aspect of childhood I had known very little about, the history of it, the invention of it. It is a story I have found often disturbing, and always enlightening. And it's a universal story, for each of us in their own way has lived and invented their own childhood. Childhoods I have discovered, may have changed, been reinvented through the ages, but children have not'.

The Mozart Question

The Mozart Question

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2007

A moving tale of secrets and survival bound together by the power of music, from a master storyteller. When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his fiftieth birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all - except the Mozart question. But it is Paulo himself who decides that it is time for the truth to be told. And so follows the story of his parents as Jewish prisoners of war, forced to play Mozart violin concerti for the enemy; how they watched fellow Jews being led off to their deaths and knew that they were playing for their lives. As the story unfolds, the journalist begins to understand the full horror of war, and how one group of musicians survived using the only weapon they had - music.

Beowulf

Beowulf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2007

The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team. In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.

Born To Run

Born To Run

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2007

Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life - and from owner to owner... The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning. When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can't bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn't he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep - only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face! Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that's what he becomes. Patrick's favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer's step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can't run any more?

Little Foxes

Little Foxes

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2007

A spellbinding animal story from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Bullied at school, nagged in Aunty May's tenth-floor council flat, there's only one place ten-year-old Billy really feels alive - in the wilderness by the canal. There he watches a cygnet on the water and protects a family of fox cubs. Then his secret place is discovered and the fox family decimated. Unwanted and unloved, Billy and the last fox run for their lives . . . A gripping and poignant animal adventure from the master storyteller of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. ------ Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the poverty of experience many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories. He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out - the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers. Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker's Journey

Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker's Journey

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2007

An spellbinding insight into storytelling from one of today's greatest writers. This collection by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, contains short stories, essays and commentaries to illuminate the craft of storytelling. Analyzing all aspects of writing - character, plot, sources and inspiration, retelling and biography - it is perfect for anyone, young or old, who loves great stories and wants to know more about the art of telling tales.

The Wreck of the Zanzibar

The Wreck of the Zanzibar

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2007

A gripping children's story from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. We all knew what was going to happen. We'd seen it before. A ship about to founder staggers before she falls. A huge wave broke over her stern and she did not come upright again. Life on the Scilly Isles in 1907 is bleak and full of hardship. Laura's twin brother, Billy, disappears, and then a storm devastates everything. It seems there's little hope. But then the Zanzibar is wrecked on the island's rocks, and everything changes . . . The Wreck of the Zanzibar is a gripping historical adventure from the author of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2007

Friend or Foe is a gripping World War II story from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace. When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David's life . . . In the tradition of Goodnight Mr Tom, Carrie's War, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Friend or Foe is a novel that takes children to the heart of a tumultuous period in history. From the author of War Horse (now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg) comes a stunning children's story - loved by kids, teachers and parents alike. Michael Morpurgo has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal four times.

From Hereabout Hill

From Hereabout Hill

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2007

A spell-binding collection of short stories from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Explore friendship, love, revenge, life and death in the pages of From Hereabout Hill. Included in this collection of short stories is a poignant tale about civil war, where a young girl hides from enemy soldiers in a public toilet; a haunting story of a little girl swept out to sea while collecting cowrie shells; and the moving account of two brothers, who, over the years, create a mental picture of their absent father. Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story-teller with this diverse collection of stories for children.

The Nine Lives of Montezuma

The Nine Lives of Montezuma

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

The charming tales of one mischievous cat from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. A cat's nine lives are full of adventure and excitement and none more so than Montezuma, the farmyard cat. From a young kitten to a grand old cat, he is cunning and proud while establishing his kingdom, but to Matthew, he's always loving and adorable. A great read that kids aged 9+ will love. Michael Morpurgo, again demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with this collection of stories. Famed for animal stories such as Little Foxes, Shadow, The Butterfly Lion and An Eagle in the Snow, The Nine Lives of Montezuma is every bit as enthralling. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

The Ghost of Grania O'Malley

The Ghost of Grania O'Malley

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

From master storyteller Michael Morpurgo comes The Ghost of Grania O'Malley . Everyone knows the Big Hill is full of gold, and now the islanders are intent on cutting the top off it and making themselves rich. Jessie and Jake are determined to save the Big Hill but what can they do? A plan is needed, and fast. Could the ghost of Grania O'Malley, the pirate queen, be the answer? You don't know what you can do until you try.

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming new novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye... That is all I remember of England. When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie - a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together? I was there on the quayside to see Allie take her out for the first time, saw her dancing through the waves, and I knew I'd never built a finer boat.

Farm Boy The Sequel to War Horse

Farm Boy The Sequel to War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2007

There was an old green Fordson tractor in the back of Grandpa's barn, always covered in cornsacks. When I was very little, I used to go in there, pull off the cornsacks, climb up and drive it all over the farm An old farmer tells his grandson about life on a Devon farm between the wars. It is a powerful story of family life and changing times and a competition between that old green tractor and a powerful plough horse named Joey that will never be forgotten. This is a special new edition of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman's classic story. Also available are: War Game , War Boy , After the War Was Over , and Billy the Kid . Sequel to the hugely successful 'War Horse'.

The War of Jenkins' Ear

The War of Jenkins' Ear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

A spellbinding children's story from from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo - now with a brand new cover look. Toby Jenkins doesn't like boarding school. He gets called Jinks and thinks he will never fit in. But then he meets a strange boy named Christopher who believes that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ. When the village boy `oiks' start a war with the schoolboy `toffs', Toby is caught in the middle. Can Christopher provide the miracle that Toby needs? A brilliant evocation of school life from the master storyteller. Michael has written more than one hundred books for children including An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Private Peaceful, and An Elephant in the Garden. He has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. -- Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the poverty of experience many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories. He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out - the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers. Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

My Friend Walter

My Friend Walter

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

A hilarious tale of history come to life, from former children's laureate and master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo. Living with a ghost can have its difficulties, I discovered, even if he is your friend. Remember Sir Walter Raleigh, who laid his cloak in a puddle so Queen Elizabeth I could walk across? Well, Bess meets his ghost and finds out she's his ancestor! How will Bess explain Sir Walter to her family? Especially when he breaks her brother's fishing rod, steals a horse and smokes cigars in her room! Michael Morpurgo demonstrates why he is considered to be the master storyteller, with a uniquely funny take on spirits from the other side. Look out for Michael's other ghostly stories The Ghost of Grania O'Malley and The White Horse of Zennor. ------ Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the poverty of experience many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories. He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out - the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers. Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

The Marble Crusher

The Marble Crusher

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

Three brilliant stories that will captivate young readers by War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. The Marble Crusher Does Mr Manners, the headmaster, really have a machine that crushes marbles? Albert thinks so. Colly's Barn Colly the owl and Screecher the swallow band together to save the barn. Conker Nick beats the bully, Stevie Rooster, and becomes Conker king. But can he rescue a mistreated dog while searching for the best conker? Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master storyteller in these animal tales that are wonderful for engaging early readers. aged seven years and up. Michael has written more than one hundred books for children including An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Private Peaceful, and An Elephant in the Garden and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Waiting for Anya

Waiting for Anya

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

A gripping historical adventure by a much-loved and award winning author. It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives. Michael Morpurgo: The Master Storyteller. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. One of the most successful children's authors in the country, and loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal four times. His novels have been adapted for film (My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came) and stage (most recently, Kensuke's Kingdom for the Polka Theatre and Why the Whales Came for Alibi.)

Why the Whales Came

Why the Whales Came

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

An exciting historical adventure from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought. They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don't know whether to believe the birdman's story that the island is cursed. Set against the backdrop of the First World War, in the tradition of Friend or Foe and Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo brings the emotional reality of conflict to life in a way that is accessible to younger readers. Look out for his other historical adventures including An Eagle in the Snow and Listen to the Moon. Praise for Why the Whales Came: 'The Scilly Islands off the English coast provide the setting for this well-written historical novel . . . good readers will find this a memorable adventure, no less immediate for its setting in the past.' Booklist

Twist of Gold

Twist of Gold

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2007

An epic journey through famine, hope and survival by a much-loved, award winning author. Sean and Annie have one chance to escape the potato famine and plague in Ireland. They survive a shipwreck and land safely in America searching for their father. But their new land is one of hardship and they live in poverty on the streets of Boston. However, their adventure is just beginning...they live on a steamboat and then join pioneers travelling across the prairies. Their music and dancing bring joy to all they meet, but their family torc brings both blessings and curses and thieves prowl to get hold of it. Annie and Sean must hang on to their torc - their family's survival depends on it.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2006

Hugely popular dramatization of hugely popular story.

I Believe in Unicorns

I Believe in Unicorns

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

A moving story about unity and inspiration in the face of destruction, by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate. Tomas hates school, hates books and hates stories. Forced to visit the library, he stops to listen to magical tales that the Unicorn Lady spins. These tales draw him in and are about to change the course of his life for ever... Set against the backdrop of war-torn Europe, I Believe in Unicorns explores the power of stories to transform lives. Produced in association with the Unicorn Theatre, the first purpose-built professional theatre for children in the UK, located on London's South Bank.

Long Way Home

Long Way Home

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Long Way Home is a heartfelt tale of an orphaned boy in search of family from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Another summer. Another foster family. George has already made up his mind to run away, back to the children's home. None of the previous families have wanted him. Why should the Dyers be any different? But George begins to feel at ease with Tom Dyer and his sister Storme, even happy, and changes his mind. He could even feel at home with them - couldn't he? Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master storyteller with this book about orphans, family, love and finding a place one can call home. He has written more than one hundred books for children including An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Private Peaceful, and An Elephant in the Garden and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

War Horse

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Before the Steven Spielberg film, before the National Theatre production, there was the classic children's novel... In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story. War Horse was adapted by Steven Spielberg as a major motion picture with Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The National Theatre production opened in 2007 and has enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway. A great way of introducing young readers to the realities of WWI. Look out for Morpurgo's other war fiction including Friend or Foe, Waiting for Anya, King of the Cloud Forests and An Eagle in the Snow. War Horse is a story of universal suffering for a universal audience by a writer who `has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers' (The Guardian). Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

King of the Cloud Forests

King of the Cloud Forests

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller, former Children's Laureate and multi-award winner. This is a fresh reissue of a much-loved story with a beautiful new cover. Escaping from China as the Japanese invade, Ashley and Uncle Sung embark on a perilous journey across the Himalayas. Then Ashley finds himself alone in the hostile mountains, battling for his life. He is just about to give up all hope, when he has a mysterious and terrifying encounter.

The Sandman and the Turtles

The Sandman and the Turtles

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

The Sandman and the Turtles is one of the most charming summer reads for children from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Michael loves summer holidays in Wales, and Dadci's tall stories about the Sandman, the old Russian sea captain and blood-red dragon in his lair. Little cousin Polly believes every word of the magical tales and she's determined to make it all come true. Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, again demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with this much-loved magical tale about two children holidaying on the Welsh coast.

On Angel Wings

On Angel Wings

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

On Angel Wings is a beautifully poignant and atmospheric Christmas story from War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl's beloved illustrator, Quentin Blake. One cold Christmas night, a shepherd recounts the magical story of how he came to be the first visitor to the newborn Christ child - ahead of the other shepherds, and in complete secret. A deftly wrought re-working of the nativity story from former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of Kensuke's Kingdom and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo. Michael's tale is rich in human detail and Quentin Blake's watercolour illustrations ooze energy in this delightful picture book that will enchant children of 5 and up. On Angel Wings is destined to become a festive family favourite. Michael Morpurgo is the master storyteller of Kensuke's Kingdom, An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael has written more than a hundred books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Quentin Blake is the world renowned illustrator of Roald Dahl's books including The BFG, Matilda, The Witches, and countless others. He is bringing his unique style to the forthcoming Beatrix Potter story The Tale of Kitty in Boots.

Mr Nobody's Eyes

Mr Nobody's Eyes

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

A tale of fun and friendship from former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. Harry heard the key turn in the lock. He had already made up his mind to run. Harry is in trouble at school, and doesn't like his stepfather or the new baby. Then he befriends Ocky, a chimpanzee from the circus. Ocky's owner won't mind if Harry borrows her for a bit, will he? But then Harry's stepfather and the police find out. Harry and the chimp are soon on the run! A gripping and poignant animal adventure from the master storyteller of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael Morpurgo has written more than a hundred books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Escape from Shangri-La

Escape from Shangri-La

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

A gripping and heartfelt war story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Turned away by his own son, Cessie's long-lost grandfather finds himself in the place he fears most - a nursing home called Shangri-La. Only Cessie loves him and is determined to help him escape and unravel the truth of his past. A past that comes to him only in glimpses - a lifeboat, a tin of condensed milk, a terrifying night on the beaches of Dunkirk in World War II . . . Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with this tale of strife and loss in World War II.

Alone On A Wide Wide Sea

Alone On A Wide Wide Sea

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 23/08/2006

How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming new novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful There were dozens of us on the ship, all ages, boys and girls, and we were all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye, I thought they were waving good-bye. None of us spoke. It was a grey day with drizzle in the air, the great sad cranes bowing to the ship from the docks as we steamed past. That is all I remember of England... When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boat-building business, all the pieces of his broken life come together. Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose love of the sea is as strong and as vital as her father's. Now Allie has a boat that will take her to England solo, across the world's roughest seas, in search of her father's long-lost sister... Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2006

A stunning adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's elegaic novel of the First World War. As young Thomas Peaceful looks back over his childhood from the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside. But the clock is ticking, and every moment that Tommo spends remembering how things used to be, means another moment closer to something that will change his life forever. Adapted for schools by Simon Reade from Michael Morpurgo's poignant and deeply moving novel of the First World War, the play is ideal for use in the classroom and the drama studio. The extensive resource section provides many opportunities for drama, discussion, wider reading and writing.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2005

A magical story from the tales of the Knights of the Round Table. Here are thrills and enchantment, chivalry and courage, a challenge and a quest. Its hero is the greatest of all King ArthurOs knights, Sir Gawain. His adversary is the fearsome Green Knight, who rides into Camelot one New YearOs Eve with a challenge that strikes dread into ArthurOs court.

Dolphin Boy

Dolphin Boy

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2005

Jim lives in a fishing village - but no-one goes fishing any more as all the fish have gone. One day, Jim spots a dolphin beached on the sand. He runs to get help, and everyone works together to return the dolphin to the water. Afterwards, the dolphin stays in the harbour, playing with the swimmers - and he even carries Jim on his back! Then the dolphin disappears, and everyone is so sorrowful they take out a boat to find him. Suddenly the sea is boiling with dolphins leaping out of the sea! They have come to stay - and the village comes to life with tourists, mended boats, and dolphins!

Cool as a Cucumber

Cool as a Cucumber

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2005

A delightful story for young readers from former Children's Laureate and author of the international phenomenon War Horse. At first Peter isn't too keen on his teacher's plan to dig a vegetable garden to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Then he starts to dig up some interesting things - a huge worm, a big beetle, bits of china ... and what looks like a giant cucumber but turns out to be something a lot more exciting!

The The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips Complete & Unabridged

The The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips Complete & Unabridged

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/04/2005

A heartwarming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about a cat who survives against the odds. Read by Jenny Agutter and the author. Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again. It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas - barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself... Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips - and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.

A Visit to the Farm Band 07/Turquoise

A Visit to the Farm Band 07/Turquoise

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

The renowned children's writer Michael Morpurgo has written this vivid account of a child's stay at a farm, told in the form of letters home and illustrated with photographs of animals and children on location at the farm. Humorous and engaging, it conveys the fun and excitement of working closely with animals. * Turquoise/ Band 7 books offer literay language and extended descriptions, with longer sentences and a wide range of unfamiliar terms. * Text type - A recount of a visit. * There is a timetable of the week's events on page 22 and an index on page 23 to help children recount the story. * Curriculum links -Geography: Plants and animals in the local environment; Citizenship: Animals and us. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.

Orchard Aesop's Fables

Orchard Aesop's Fables

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2004

A timeless collection of over twenty of Aesop's best-loved fables, including favourites such as The Hare and the Tortoise, Town Mouse and Country Mouse, Dog in the Manger and The Lion and the Mouse. The tales are retold with warmth and humour by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo and brought to life by Emma Chichester Clark's exquisitely playful and distinctive artwork.

The Best Christmas Present in the World

The Best Christmas Present in the World

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2004

In The Best Christmas Present in the World, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo revisits the trenches to tell the haunting story of Christmas 1914 when soldiers on both sides put down their weapons in honour of Christmas Day. This is the story that also moved Carol Ann Duffy to write The Christmas Truce and Hilary Robinson to write The Christmas Truce: The Place Where Peace Was Found. A typically spellbinding tale from the former Children's Laureate. This vivid and emotive war story is matched by the stunning artwork from Michael Foreman (War Boy, War Game). A picture book not to be missed at Christmas time. Perfect for kids aged 5 and up. Look out for Michael's other Christmas titles: Mimi and the Mountain Dragon The Goose is Getting Fat The Best Christmas Present in the World The Best of Times

Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke's Kingdom Complete & Unabridged

Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke's Kingdom Complete & Unabridged

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2003

A desert-island adventure, and a subtle observation of friendship, trust and humanity. Winner of The Children's Book Award. Superbly read by DEREK JACOBI. When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents' yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can't find food and he can't find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger - Kensuke - allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.

Private Peaceful Private Peaceful Complete & Unabridged

Private Peaceful Private Peaceful Complete & Unabridged

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/10/2003

Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.

Cool!

Cool!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2003

Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma - victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness. Robbie, football fan and animal lover, runs after his dog Lucky one day when he chases a cat and is hit by a car. Unconscious, Robbie lies in hospital, unable to speak, move or eat. But he can hear; he is aware, even though his family and friends don't know this. Inside his head, we hear Robbie's thoughts; on his Mum and sister, why his parents are separated. His friends and family try desperately to reach him - even Zola, his favourite Chelsea footballer, comes to see him. And still Robbie can't `wake up'. Until one day, against hospital rules, Dad brings Lucky into the hospital. Can Lucky bring Robbie back to life?

The Last Wolf

The Last Wolf

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2003

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 . . .

Toro! Toro!

Toro! Toro!

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2002

Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War, illustrated by Michael Foreman. TORO,TORO is the story of a young boy growing up in Andalucia, Spain, on a farm rearing bulls for the bull ring. Antonito hand rears a little black calf and they become firm friends, but the boy doesn't yet understand the fate of the black bulls - the corrida and death. Later, when he learns of the horrors of the bull fight, he frees Paco, the black bull, and rides with him into the hills.There they witness the bombing of their village (it's the year 1936, and the Spanish Civil War has started) and Antonito cannot go back - his family and the farm are destroyed, and Paco has run off, wild with fright. He decides to stay in the hills, where he meets up with the Resistance fighters. During the War, Antonito hears stories round the campfire of the wonderful black bull, who becomes a symbol of freedom for them all. Could this really be Paco? But no-one has ever seen him. After the war, when Antonito is working as a muleteer in the mountains, he falls asleep and dreams of Paco. In the morning, he wakes to see hoof prints on the ground beside him... A delightful story, full of nostalgia and drama in the author's own inimitable style. Illustrated by Michael Foreman.

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2002

Billy was a champion soccer star, playing for Chelsea in the 1930s. But that was before war broke out... Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea's champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life. Billy joins Chelsea as a football apprentice, rises through the reserves to become a real champion. His passion for football sees him through the war years - even as a prisoner of war he organises a friendly against the Italians - but, having been injured by a mine he cannot play for Chelsea on his return to England. Billy turns to vagrancy and alcohol and for years he wanders up and down the country. He re-settles in London in a derelict house and is befriended by a family who move him to a shed in their garden. He, in turn, helps their son with his football who in his turn becomes a Chelsea player. Billy becomes a Chelsea Pensioner and his 80th birthday is celebrated when Chelsea play at home. A novel for both children and adults which deals with some difficult issues. Michael Morpurgo's storytelling is superb and this will be a welcome follow up to the previous Morpurgo/Foreman collaboration - Farm Boy.

The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2001

A boy living by a Scottish loch sees a beautiful silver swan land on the water. She remains at the loch, mates and there are soon five cygnets too. The boy watches them in awe and pride. When snowy winter sets in, all the birds and animals around the loch must scavenge desperately for food. The fox also has cubs to feed... A remarkably dramatic and compassionate story about Nature, magnificently told and stunningly illustrated with sweeping pastel landscapes.

Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2001

Winner of The Red House CHildren's Book Award.

From Hereabout Hill

From Hereabout Hill

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2001

A collection of stories from Michael Morpurgo that explore different narrative styles and viewpoints. Each story is introduced by Michael Morpurgo, while teachers' notes look at the narrative techniques and devices used in the stories.

The Rainbow Bear

The Rainbow Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2000

The polar bear is bored of his white environment and his hard life. He dreams of soaking himself in all the luminous colours of the rainbow. But when his wish is granted, he realises to his cost that his arctic camouflage no longer works and he needs the advice of others to escape his prism... A moving tale of hopes and dreams from an award-winning picture book team. The lyrical text is complemented by beautiful watercolours in which the joy and pain of the Rainbow Bear sing out.

Wombat Goes Walkabout

Wombat Goes Walkabout

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2000

Wombat loves digging deep holes and thinking deep thoughts, but nobody thinks much of that until danger threatens the bush and the small wombat comes up with a great big idea... One day Wombat digs the deepest hole he's ever dug and crawls into the cool darkness to think. But when he climbs out again, he can't see his mother anywhere. He is all alone. As he wanders through the great outback looking for her, Wombat meets all kinds of wonderful creatures - Kookaburra, Wallaby, Possum, Emu, Boy and Koala. None of them think very much of him, though. But when a fire sweeps through the bush, it is Wombat's skills which save the day, and afterwards everyone races off to find his mum and bring her back to him. AGE 4-8

Black Queen

Black Queen

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2000

The 'Black Queen' is what Billy calls his shadowy next-door neighbour. She always wears a black cloak and a wide-brimmed black hat. She lurks about her garden, alone except for her black cat. Scarily for Billy, the Black Queen befriends him and asks him to look after her cat while she's away. Billy can't resist the opportunity to peek inside her house. There are chessboards scattered everywhere. Who is the Black Queen and what sort of game is she playing? Billy thinks he knows...

The Ghost of Grania O'Malley

The Ghost of Grania O'Malley

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/03/2000

Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2000

I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday. Gorgeous new colour illustrations for the best-selling Kensuke's Kingdom. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone . . . Kensuke's Kingdom is a gripping adventure from the author of War Horse. Michael Morpurgo has written more than one hundred books for children and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Kensuke's Kingdom was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and won the FCB Award. `A dazzling adventure' - The Times Loved by children, teachers and parents alike, Michael Morpurgo, the former Children's Laureate, has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

Tom's Sausage Lion

Tom's Sausage Lion

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1999

But it's true', Tom shouted. 'It was a real lion, I know it was'. No-one believes Tom when he says he has seen a lion - padding around the orchard with a string of sausages in its mouth! No-one, that is, except for Clare, the cleverest girl in the class. Together, she and Tom plan to prove his story is true - by catching the lion!

Red Eyes At Night

Red Eyes At Night

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/1998

Millie's cousin Geraldine is a show-off and a pain. So Millie plots revenge. She tells Geraldine about the ghost with red eyes who lives in the garden shed and comes out at night - but manages to scare herself silly in the process! Everyone is furious, but Millie and Geraldine end up the best of friends! A brilliant story about making friends with a funny, slightly spooky twist.

The Butterfly Lion

The Butterfly Lion

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/1996

ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you. Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Mum's the Word

Mum's the Word

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/1995

The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/1994

A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller. High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village - safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear...

Martians at Mudpuddle Farm

Martians at Mudpuddle Farm

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/1993

A Mudpuddle Farm story. Farmer Rafferty thinks Martians have landed on Mudpuddle Farm - but luckily Albertine, the wise goose, knows better!

And Pigs Might Fly

And Pigs Might Fly

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/1992

Jigger's Day Off

Jigger's Day Off

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/1990

It's harvest time on Mudpuddle Farm, when Jigger the sheepdog has his one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best plans can go wrong.

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