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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (5 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405239611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405239615
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,062 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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Master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo, narrates a tale which has stood the test of centuries - Arthur, High King of Britain. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo 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.


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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
A book that I read and enjoyed is "Arthur, High king of Britain" by Michael Morpurgo.
I chose this book because someone recommended it to me.
A boy finds King Arthur Pendragon has saved him from drowning. The ex king tells him some of the many stories of Camelot.
My favourite character is Guinevere. Arthur's wife is really sweet although she two times him in the end.
It is a romantic story but it is also full of betrayal, action and adventure! This is my kind of story.
The description of Camelot is very real and also the way he describes the green man. You can really imagine what he looks like!
I think most of my friends would like this book because it is a well written book and an exciting story.
Michael Morpurgo is one of my favourite writers. He has also written "Kensuke's Kingdom" and "the Sleeping Sword" which I also enjoyed.
(Catherine Shaw aged 8)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
I first heard this book on a tape from my local libary when i was very little and have been looking for it for years. very recently i found it in book shop and i'm very glad i did. The story told by King Arthur's point of view to entertain a small boy, who he hasd saved from drowning,is moving.
We hear arthur's story from the very begining,the sword being pulled from the stone right up to the fall of Camolot. We also read about the adventures of the knights and the search for the Holy Grail. The saddest part of the book is the love triangle between arthur, guinevvere and lancolot.
This is a wonderful book which is easy to read and there arn't enough words to describe it so i won't try, all i can say is read it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
This long fantasy book is brilliant, it tells a story about a boy who lives near the sea. But one day he gets swept out.He wakes up to find himself in a castle near a fire, with a man staring over him.
The main charactors of this book are the boy who is the centre of the story. And Arthur who takes care of the boy and tells him stories.
The boy behaves like any eleven year old boy would: clueless of what is going on around him.Arthur is living in the past and therefore is not aware that the boy was from a different time and place.Arthur knows what has to be done but the boy doesn't.Arthur tries to tell the boy but the boy does not understand.I personly like the boy and the roll he plays and he adapts to the new time he is living in. I don't like the roll Arthur plays though because he keeps to many secrets from the boy.In the story Arthur tells his very own stories about himself.This story builds up a friendship between two people who have had different lives.They start to become friends when Arthur begins to ask the boy personal questions about his family and so on.This book makes me think about how hard it was to survive in those days.I enjoyed this book because it didn't stop being exciting, the book was well written and it thrilled me from start to finish.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of tales about King Arthur and the Kingdom of Loges.They are told through the eyes of King Arthur,called bach from the dead to save a young boy's life.They are brilliantly written and make you feel as if you are standing there with Arthur.Every emotion Arthur feels you feel also.After reading the tale of Arthur's sorrow for his queen and Lancelot I was crying.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. M. Crawford on 17 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for our Grandchildren and read it first to check it over.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and whole-heartedly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Randi Dentressangle on 28 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
(by Josiah aged 8)
It was a brilliant book and the story is good. I liked the characters of Merlin and Bercelet (the dog). I enjoyed the story of the knight with the golden armour. The only bad thing I have to say is; too much snogging!!! My mum says all the female characters were evil or traitors but she doesn't think that's Michael Morpurgo's fault as he is just retelling the story. (She also doesn't think I should use 3 exclamation marks!)
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By Isis on 18 April 2015
Format: Paperback
A big let down, I love Michael Morpurgo, usually the choice of language is beautiful and lyrical, creating vivid images and taking the reader on a wonderful emotional journey. I always recommend his books highly to children and parents when ask. I was really disappointed at the swearing in this book. It is in context and works at that level, but isn't something I want to be reading aloud in the classroom, nor have the children reading aloud. Children in upper key stage two are rarely able to rise above and look at the language from an etymological point of view. It also opens a massive can of worms for the interesting family structures found within most classes. Avoid like the plague for the classroom. Probably quite entertaining to KS3 children with more maturity.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By evie girl on 4 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
Its a story within a story. Its about a young boy , who is shrimping, when he finds himself in a castle of long ago. A man sitting by the fire turns out to be king arthur who tells the curious boy his life story of evil, love, hatred and true friendship. I read this story within two days. I was enthralled from begining to end. I recommend this story to all adventure lovers.

Happy readings.
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