In his foreward, Michael Morpurgo compares mining with writing, hoping for the 'rich seam' we need. He has struck gold with nine short stories that start with a mining adventure, 'The Giant's Necklace'. The author is a massive contributor to childrens' literature. I have passed this through my primary school teacher-daughter and my 9 year old grandaughter and the feedback was the same. Excellence, variety, gripping and everything children wish for with sustainable suspense and attention capture. I confess, as a senior citizen, I found the stories captivating as well. Morpurgo hits his audience with the right content applicable to age and reading ability. Marvellous talent and book.