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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405233370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405233378
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,525 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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Morpurgo writes with a fine mixture of clarity, depth and feeling --Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Oct. 1999
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Our group read and wrote reviews of this book for our group novel studies in school. Michael Morpurgo has written over 60 books and this one is about war and adventure. We liked this one very much. Michael Morpurgo says he likes to travel to the countries he writes about and meet the people who live there, so that he can write his stories better. This book starts in the middle of WW2 in London and the two boys are evacuated to Devon. The boys come across a problem. Do they like the Germans they find, or not? They had saved David's life, but they had also killed his father in the war. Read to find out what they decide. We liked the way David becomes a more confident boy in the story. We liked Tucky, his honest friend. We weren't so sure about Mr. Reynolds, who owns the farnm they stay on. We didn't like the village children who called David and Tucky "townies". This book is for 10-12year olds, who like history. A younger child would be bored wuth it. Someone who doesn't like to be away from home would identify with it. It helps us understand what WW2 was like. it is realistic and changed our views of the Germans. We now realise they are ordinary people like us. It is quite an exciting story. Generally our group thought it was a BRILLIANT book!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Clarrie on 10 Nov. 2008
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I read this book to my class of 28 Year 4 children (aged 8-9) as a sideline to our literacy unit on World War 2. I read a chapter each day and the children were begging me to read the next chapters as the days went on! We created a class journal looking at characters, settings, descriptions, predictions, letter writing, reasoning, decision making, consequences and many other things. It was a great book that opened so many options for some fantastic work for the children. They enjoyed it greatly, and so did I.

I should also add that this is a great book for any child to read and enjoy outside of the school setting!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on 12 Oct. 2011
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Michael Morpurgo has written lots of wonderful books. The book that stood out for me is "Friend or Foe".

This book is amazing. It's about two boys, who are evacuated and sent to Devon. Everything is lovely- until one night they see a German plane crash in the moor. What will happen to the boys when they find two German soldiers?

I think that "Friend or Foe" is excellent! This book is perfect for children, who are interested in World War Two and love adventures. I would definitely recommend the book for children and adults. I give this book five stars. A MUST READ BOOK!!!

Rachael H., an excited Year 6 pupil (10 years old)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Petra Bryce VINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2011
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David and Tucky are two small boys from London who get evacuated to Devon along with the rest of their school during WWII. Both get taken in by a kindly farmer and his wife and quickly make friends with the resident sheepdog, Jip. At the village school the boys remain outsiders, and when they spot a German bomber about to crash on the moor, nobody but their hosts believes them. Eventually the search is called off, and David and Tucky decide to look for it off their own bat. Just as the boys are crossing a stream on their way back to the farm, David loses his footing and one of the German airmen, in hiding up until then, saves his life.

I love Michael Morpurgo's writing, it is so understated yet manages to convey so much with only a few words: the deprivation faced by the people in London, especially David and his widowed mother; the love for her son that is apparent (to another mother) in the ritual of a daily early-morning apple; the heartache caused by the impending separation; the strong bond that develops between the two children as they struggle to make friends in the village school, being regarded as 'townies' and outsiders; and the inner conflict taking place inside the boys, especially David, as they deceive their hosts and help the two German airmen. In all his books I've come across so far, Morpurgo speaks to the child (irrelevant if the child is the actual reader or if it's read by an adult), and he always treats them as grown-ups, as someone who has opinions that are worth hearing, challenging their emotional involvement in the process of reading.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2000
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This book is written about two boys juring the world war who are evacuees from London to the countrieside in Devon.When the two boys see a German plane go down, they tell Home Guard,but they find nothing.But the next day one of the boys fall in the river,but a German soldier saves him.Will the boys tell? I like this novel because it is exciting and exellent!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar. 2001
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You should read this book because it has lots of 'hooks' (cliffhangers). It is adventurous, with two main characters, David and Tuckey, who help some Germans whose plane had crashed. The Germans helped to save David's life when he fell into the river. It is quite a long book, but it keeps you interested.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mehajabeen Farid on 17 May 2008
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One morning David is awoken by his mother and he remembers that he was going to be sent away to the countryside. His mother takes him to the station where he sees all his friends and teachers who are also going. He arrives there nearly the last but someone else, Tucky, is last. Tony Tucker (also known as Tucky) is best friends with him. They are now like brothers as they are evacuated away to Devon, like all their other friends, from their homes and school in the big and busy city of London in the World War 2. They are the centre of attention for a while in the village but soon they are a little bit feared. They are staying with a nice couple, Jerry and Ann Reynolds.
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