The Kites are Flying

by Michael Morpurgo

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 19 November 2009.

Set around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this is a hugely topical novel from a master storyteller, which at its heart makes a plea for peace and unity.  The story is told through the writing form of a diary around a journalist called Max who travels to the West Bank to witness how life is for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall.  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.  As Max is welcomed as a guest, he learns of the terrible events in his family’s past and begins to understand why Said no longer speaks.  Told from both Max’s and Said’s point of view, Morpurgo has created a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.

 

And a comment from the author:

‘It’s a story of hope above all.  I’m very cautious that it doesn’t take sides.  It’s about suffering on both sides’.

The Kites are Flying Synopsis

A television reporter's extraordinary experience in the West Bank reveals how children's hopes and dreams for peace and unity can fly higher than any wall built to divide communities and religions.

 

Travelling to the West Bank to witness how life is 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. As Max is welcomed as a guest, he learns of the terrible events in the family's past and begins to understand why Said no longer speaks. 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.

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ISBN: 9781406317985
Publication date: 02/11/2009
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781406317985
Publication date: 2nd November 2009
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,
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About Michael Morpurgo

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 ...

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