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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 1 March 2012.
Best-selling War Horse, a magnificent First World War story of human and animal courage on the battle field in the face of deadly danger will shortly be a film following its sell-out adaptation as a play. This film tie-in edition has the benefit of stunning stills from the film including on its striking cover which makes it especially appealing.
Anthony Horowitz on Michael Morpurgo:
'Michael Morpurgo is the most solid, classical of children's authors. He sits outside the series-driven blockbusters so beloved of publishers nowadays: he hasn't created a Harry Potter or an Alex Rider – and I admire him for resisting that. We are opposite sides of the same coin and, although his work has never influenced mine, I admire the eloquent, considered voice of his best books. He has an unerring moral compass – his schoolteacher past has never quite left him – and books such as War Horse and The Butterfly Lion have a strong social concience and an honesty that makes them universal.' (The Guardian)
In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him.
The book has been turned into a film by Steven Spielberg - you can see a trailer below.
'..for all lovers of history, horses and adventure it is an enthralling and touching story.' Books for Keeps
Publication date: 07/11/2011
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
|Publication date:||7th November 2011|
|Publisher:||Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||General fiction (Children's / Teenage),|
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 ...More About Michael Morpurgo