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Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Michael Morpurgo
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Out of the Ashes by Micheal Morpurgo tells the story of a young girl living on a Devon farm in the midst of a foot-and-mouth epidemic.

Written at a time when foot-and-mouth was very much in the news, as farmers across the UK fell victim to an outbreak that was to leave potent images of blazing carcasses deeply embedded in many minds, Morpurgo cleverly manages to avoid a feeling of haste in his writing (although the book was actually written very quickly, and as a reaction to Morpurgo's own experiences as co-founder of Farms For City Children), by giving the reader a thorough and poignant insight into what it is really like for farmers waiting to find out if they are about to lose their livelihoods.

Worthy? Certainly. But this powerful and moving fictional account of true events does exactly what it sets out to do: inform, entertain and ask important questions. (Ages 8 and over) --Susan Harrison


...a dark, atmospheric tale and places the reader inside the tired frame of an old lady and forces them to see the world through her bleary eyes. -- The Glasgow Herald

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1216 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (28 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FP2DQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is incredibly simple and powerful.
Michael Morpurgo has managed to distil so much of the pain and anguish that has been inflicted on farming communities throughout the UK by Fooot and Mouth Disease.
Although written through the eyes of a child, for other children, the simplicity and authenticity of the writing is quite breathtaking.
Many journalists and broadcasters have used millions of words and countless images to bring the ravages of FMD to our living rooms, but this work has the power of personal experience, etched on every line - experience that you have to live through in order to communicate in this way.
The reality of farming is here; not some bucolic never, never land, but a real working environment where animals are not pets, but where they are treated with the inate respect that makes the true stockman. Here is the hard work, the generations of effort, the "feel" for the land and the livestock - unsentimental surely, but realistic and caring in our relationships with our natural and living landscape.
Having seen my family live through all the worry, uncertainty and heartache expressed here, I can only commend this book to anyone who wants to understand just a little better why this plague has been, and continues to be such a heartrendingly cruel blow to rural Britain.
Well done Michael Morpurgo for conveying what so many of us have felt over the last months and been so lamentably unable to express to others.
Please read it!
Richard Ovenstone
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Michael Morpurgo Book 15 Aug 2006
By Silven
This is by far the best Michael Morpurgo book ever. It's incredibly sad in a couple of places, but it has it's happy moments to. It's all written in a diary format by a girl who's father is a farmer during foot and mouth. Enevitably her farm gets it, and this is when it get's really sad.

I read this in one day because it was so good. There are some very sad bits though, so be for warned.

In all a good book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Topical, touching, terrific. 21 July 2001
By A Customer
When Becky has a diary for Christmas she promises to write in it every day. She also promises to get on with her mum. She manages to keep neither promise until the day that foot-and-mouth rears its ugly head. Her father struggles to remain strong and it is up to Becky and her mother to pull together.
For a book to be written in such a short time, and be so topical on its release, is amazing if not unique. As a reader who is not directly involved in the foot-and-mouth crisis I feel that Michael Morpurgo has enabled the reader to empathise with the plight of the farmer in these harrowing and distressing times. Once again, Morpurgo is not afraid to deal with death and other difficult topics in his childrens' books.
Definitely one of his more thought provoking reads.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written 26 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review
I take about 3 weeks to read a book but this one took me 3 days!!!
Out of the Ashes is the best book ever written by the best ever author.
Out of the Ashes is very very sad. The book is about a girl called Becky who writs a diary of the tragic time on her fathers farm.
READ THE BOOK to find out what happens next!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving and inspirational book. 9 Aug 2001
By A Customer
This book is a very very good read for people affected or unaffected by Foot and Mouth. It helps give an insight from a childs perspective into how foot and mouth affected farmers and their families. It is quite a sad but fulfilling read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superfragalisticxpalladoshas 14 May 2008
This book is about a girl ho loved her animals and her farm.
But her animals get a terrible disease called the foot and mouth disease. She is devastated read the rest of the book to find out the ending go on give the book a try it is a really good book if I love it then so will you for all those people out there give the book a try. This book is for 11-14's.

My best character was Becky Morley because she was brave about her animals getting the foot and mouth disease

My emotions were happy in half of the book and sad in the other part of the book.

This story is not a story at all it really happened.

This book is written by Michael morpurgo
Illustrated by Michael foreman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael morpurgo 17 Jan 2013
By anghrad
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Michael morpurgo has written some goods books and this is one of his best it is amazingly good but sad
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ashes, 5 star 21 Nov 2012
By Izzy
Becky's life is great at first, living on a farm and having her own horse called Ruby.
Then it all changes,the foot and mouth disease starts!
The foot and mouth disease starts in the north, so the young Becky never thought of it coming to her farm.
But when it comes to the farm next to Becky's, Becky gets worried.
Will it come to Becky's farm?

Izzy age 10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and touching
I chose the 5 star because the book truly deserves it. a credit to Michael Morpurgo for writing such a fantastic and inspiring book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by befneyboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
Usual high standard of writing from Michael Mururgo, not what I was expecting and very moving. Having experienced the foot and mouth incident it was very close to how many people... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Noblet
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is the best book ever and is sad at times but it is amazing it is about foot and mouth disease which animals catch and terrible things happen to the animals how will the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rena
4.0 out of 5 stars this is an amazing book that has a twist right at the end.
this book is about a girl on a farm who rides her horse a lot. one day she picked up foot and mouth disease and gave it to all her animals consequently they had to be slaughtered. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martina
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional read with closure.
An insight into rural difficulties that shows in the face of adversity it can bring families and friends closer together.
Published 3 months ago by Natalie Russell
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ashes by Michael morpurgo
It Is a very sad story to read but it is very cool and I want to read something like this
Published 4 months ago by MR SG KNIGHTS & MRS LM KNIGHTS
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!
this is the best book ever for all ages just finished reading it lovely diary type writing very emotional and if you like private peaceful then youll love this i think it is also... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brynglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I'm 11 and I found it quite short and easy vocabulary but a brilliant story line . I would recommend it for children aged 9-11 .
Published 7 months ago by amy armour
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book is brilliant. Not too long chapters and a really good story. As though you were there in the crisis. A must read.
Published 7 months ago by critic 2
1.0 out of 5 stars so sad :(
i did not like this book because it was too upsetting beacuse i hate reading about animals being killed *star for me sorry :( :( :( :(
Published 8 months ago by Kirsten Duguid
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