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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405226684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405226684
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,191 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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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2002
Format: Paperback
A heartwarming story of a young boy who, with his Tibetan uncle escape the imminent attack from the Japanese in 1941 China. Morpurgo describes their arduous journey across the Himalayas, with simple clarity that invites you to form the cold and breathtaking world clearly in your imagination. Their journey is not only one of distance, but wisdom, strength and love.
When separated from his loving uncle, the boys’ extraordinary salvation from despair comes in the form of mythical, mysterious red-haired giants, better known to us as the Yeti. They save the boy from despair and starvation, spiriting him away, up high into the snow capped peaks of the “cloud forest”.
A mysterious predecessor leads the boy to find his postion within the yeti clan already established. With the absence of language to communicate, simple emotion and gesture are used depict the relationship the boy shares with his new found family. Unlike a fairytale, the story is written truthfully (as one can be when writing about yeti’s!) and honestly. The simplicity of their interaction is touching and explores the basic emotional elements that all creatures share.
This book is a real gem, I have read this as a child an adult and on each occasion I was touched by this magical and inspiring story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 April 2001
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I read this book countless times as a child and it remains one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is epic in it's scope, cleverly written, and cleverly structured. Buy this book today, you will not be disappointed!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LML on 9 May 2008
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I read this novel when it was first published in 1987, as part of my job as a children's bookseller. I loved it then and sold many copies because of that. I've recently re-read it - it is as beautiful and haunting as I remember.

It's not a story that can be easily described to others; we are inclined to find the idea of yetis amusing. The depiction of yetis in this novel is enormously sympathetic; as the author himself says "The people who live high in the Himalayas believe in them - and think of them as holy creatures to be respected and left alone."

Don't be put off by a storyline that you may feel is unlikely. Suspend your disbelief and discover a story that is exciting, convincing and unexpectedly moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr T Niwa on 12 Dec. 2010
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This story is based on a boy named Ashley who is the son of missionaries in China. During the outbreak of Japanese conflict and occupation in China, Ashley is forced by his father to flee the mission with his 'Uncle Sang', a friend of the family who knows the route to safety in India well. The journey is a treacherous one which suddenly culminates into the pair being split up. Alone on the mountains and in desperation for food, Ashley meets a clan of yetis who not only befriend him but treat him as the 'King of the Cloud Forests'. Many events take place which forces Ashley to question his place amongst the yetis and his desperate need to be with 'his own' come to the fore to make this great children's novel. A heart-warming story about a young boy's search for his identity amongst a wealth of competing forces for his allegiance. A recommended book for all to read.
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I am a huge Morpurgo fan despite being in my 50's. He often writes with such imagination and every word is well chosen and carefully placed, however this was not a text I have enjoyed as much as others. The story seemed slow to start and rambled without purpose- However I also note I'm only 60% through so maybe things will warm up. It is a good easy read for children to adults .
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A very good story and I could not put it down and what a wonderful creative writer Micheal Morpurgo is. I am a writer of Poetry myself and I write stories but as yet have not published any of them. I self published my Poetry book.
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By melladiva on 19 Feb. 2014
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I LOVE the yetis and how he survived with them.I think the way you've written the language is beautiful! Where do you get these ideas? Do they float into your head? Or do you see something? GREAT
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By jb on 16 Dec. 2012
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This is a book read to me when I was at school, and I could never remember the ending. I bought it and read it and have since lent it to my higher ability readers in my year 5 class (age 9-10)
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