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A Medal for Leroy [Kindle Edition]

Michael Morpurgo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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…

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“A simple story, beautifully told.” – Sunday Express


“As ever, Morpurgo's warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope.” – Amanda Craig, The Times

“Morpurgo is a virtuoso at conjuring vibrant stories that draw on historical events." – The Observer Review

“Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects.” – The Telegraph

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Shadow’, ‘A Medal for Leroy’ and ‘Little Manfred’.

His novel ‘War Horse’ has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children’s Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2772 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YVM1BE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by a real-life war hero 17 Oct. 2012
By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER
I've enjoyed a lot of books by this author. I really like Michael Morpurgo's books that contain stories about wartime - this story is a poignant read with a wartime theme.
The novel is inspired by the life of Walter Tull. Tull was the first black officer to serve in the British Army in the First World War and recommended for the Military Cross for his bravery, but he never received one.
The fictional story follows young boy, Michael. Michael knows that his father died in the Second World War, but not much else. With the help of Aunty Snowdrop, the story reveals how Michael discovers the truth about his family and who he really is.
The story is scattered with illustrations by Michael Foreman. All the drawings are lovely and everyone will love the drawings of Jasper the Jack Russell.
This is a lovely book for children to read at home, or in the classroom. I'm an adult fan of MM's books and can't resist a new release.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got my 11 year old to read a book! 14 Oct. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Personally, I find Morpurgo's style quite irritating but I bought this one as the person it is inspired by- Walter Tull - is one of my heroes. It's nice to see awareness of his life being raised in what will be a bestseller for Morpurgo. I think this one will appear as a school reader in the not too distant future because it deals with an issue not tackeld in other war books for children . It is simpler than War Horse and Private Peaceful, tells an important story , and got my reluctant (but fluent) 11 year old boy reading and is now being read by my avid reader 8 year old. The older one gobbled this up in two sittings and declared it 'the best book he's read', which is saying something if it deposes Wimpy Kid!! You also still don't come across many children's book where the central character is not white and middle class. This may seem a bit preachy to an adult reader but my son appreciated the issues and it raises questions of racism in an accessible way. Morpurgo's afterword is very interesting, explaining who Walter Tull was - and telling of other black soldiers in other conflicts. The only quibble... Tull played for Spurs , and then Northampton (It's one of the reasons I bought the book for my Spurs fan sons). Why on earth would an author change that to Arsenal? That's almost insulting!This book has some nice drawings and large print. I would say it could be read by children from 8 (although there is some lovey dovey stuff and a pregnancy) to 12.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 20 Oct. 2012
By margo b
I downloaded the kindle sample of this book and had started reading when i spotted the book in my local library. I read it all in one go. It is a very touching, moving story based on the life of Walter Tull, a fine soldier and footballer.It was my first Morpurgo book and will not be the last.Although aimed at children there is much here for adults.Will definitley be recommending to friends and fellow readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Morpurgo at his best? 12 Aug. 2014
As an adult into his eighth decade, I suppose I have no right to review this book. Morpurgo has written so many good books for young people and it would seem from the many reviews by young people that they enjoyed this one as much as many others. So clearly he has not lost his touch.

I thought the idea of the book was excellent. Anything that can spark the interest of the young in important historical events must be worthwhile. And the idea of a medal, which like so many others may otherwise lay forgotten in a draw, bringing to life the person who was awarded it, has great appeal. As appealing as Morpurgo's other great children's book on a war theme, War Horse, which has brought entertainment and informed comment to so many in its book, stage and film formats.

But for me, this one did not quite come off. In my eyes, the plot became a little complex, or rather rambling at times, detracting from the central theme. The pace faltered and I wondered if this might put off a number of young readers. But who am I to say? The older I get, the more I enjoy reading and anything which encourages the kids to read, and read again, must be good. Michael Morpurgo - keep going.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jacky
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What a wonderful book, I Couldn't put the book down. Historically interesting too and accurate! Michael Morpurgo has done it again! Brilliant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A medal for leroy 27 Nov. 2012
By Marney
I bought the book for my eleven year old daughter she said it was the best book she has read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for adults and kids (9 upwards) alike. 30 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I chose this book because I was interested in Walter Tull and wanted to read a Michael Morpurgo book. I'd heard a lot about this author and I wasn't disappointed. Although this book is written for children, the way it is written makes it good for adults too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book! 22 Nov. 2012
I read this book in a week. I really enjoyed reading it because it taught me about the war and that some people did not get medals because of the colour of their skin. It was exciting and sad at the same time. I will tell my friends to read it.
By Joshua aged 9
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
The book is a touching one and
highly recommended too for 9-12 yrs my nine yr old finished it in 2 days
Published 2 months ago by Jenath Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars found this a very moving book and very difficult to ...
found this a very moving book and very difficult to put down once started.
Published 2 months ago by malcolm brook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book very pleased
Published 5 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars The only reason he didn't get a medal was because he was black :-0
Published 6 months ago by Liesl Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars very good buy, very sad but very good story
very good buy, very sad but very good story. fast delivery, good price, thats all im saying by the book as im not giveing the story away.
Published 6 months ago by katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son loves reading books by this author.
Published 7 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good story as you would expect from Michael Morpurgo
Published 8 months ago by player
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Very good
Published 8 months ago by Nicky Henning
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good book 😀 never throughout it would end like it did full of surprises really good and it is a true story ,😂
Published 9 months ago by Alannah Stretch
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