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A Medal for Leroy [Hardcover]

Michael Morpurgo
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Book Description

27 Sep 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…

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; First Edition edition (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007487517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007487516
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“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 MBE 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.

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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
Some of my favourite Michael Morpurgo books contain stories about wartime and this story is another poignant read with a wartime theme.
The novel is inspired by the life of Walter Tull, the only black officer to serve in the British Army in the First World War.
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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24 of 26 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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32 of 35 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book once more! 17 Nov 2012
This book is a great novel about a young boy growing up in London after the Second world war. But suddenly his Auntie snowdrop gives Michael a photograph of his father that reveals a hidden story just waiting for Michael to find out.
I think That this story is aimed at children, but any adult will enjoy this book also as it has a mixed bag of emotions. It is a very good read and I would recommend it to Readers of all ages. It definetly is a must have for kindle readers and if you buy the book itself!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jacky
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 Happiness, sadness, mystery and a love story! 7 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If your looking for a book than this book is for you.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really recommend it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2 Dec 2012
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Another fantastic story. Such a heart felt story . A story more about humans than animals this time. Well worth reading.“
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A medal for learoy
Love the book so much that I cried in the end.such a moving story by Michael Morpurgo it was utterly amazing.
Published 16 days ago by Katie Weekes
5.0 out of 5 stars Medal for Leroy review
happy sad, a truly moving read, another thriller by morpugo, the mastermind in children's story telling. love it.
Published 1 month ago by sara harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is ace .Michael morpurgo is a brilliant writer .I couldn't take eyes of it ,it was that interesting . I defiantly recommend it to others !
Published 2 months ago by sophie varnish
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok....
It was a good book but it was to sad and didnt relly have a hsppy ending spol
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Published 2 months ago by Sandy
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs proof reading
I downloaded this book, because I am a huge fan of Michael Morpurgo, but was unable to continue reading it, because this particular Kindle edition has words missing and pages and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. L. Monument
5.0 out of 5 stars A Medal For Leroy
This is a very moving book by Michael Morpurgo. The book is a boy who does not know the way in which his father was in the war and how he was killed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Brilliant book, my 7 year old grandson read it in a couple of days! Great children's author, very talented! definitely recommended
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Joanna R Hanks
5.0 out of 5 stars A medal for Leroy
It is a very good read and feels like you are one of the characters from the story. You should read it
Published 4 months ago by Claire Trew
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story
This was purchased as a gift, and I know the recipient enjoyed reading it.

It is another well-written story by Michael Morpurgo.
Published 4 months ago by Ange
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was epic I loved it!!!!
this book was absolutely amazing. I would definitely recommend it to children from the age of 8 or 9 and to adults as well because it has a good message and a wonderful story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
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