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Out of the Ashes [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo , Michael Foreman
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

When Becky Morley begins keeping her diary in January, foot and mouth disease is just an item on the news, something happening hundreds of miles from her family's farm in Devon. But now the nightmare is a few fields away and local flocks are being destroyed. Will the Morleys' animals be next? Will their cattle, their sows and piglets escape the cull? And what about Little Josh, Becky's hand-reared lamb? The waiting and hoping is the most agonising experience of Becky's life…

Out of the Ashes is a powerful and moving fictional account of true events by award-winning author, Michael Morpurgo.

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About the Author

Michael Morpurgo’s novels for children have made him one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of his generation. He is the winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award, the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His novel PRIVATE PEACEFUL, about two brothers serving in the First World War, featured on the shortlists of four major literary prizes. From 2003-2005 he was the third Children’s Laureate. He set up the charity ‘Farms for City Children’, and for their pioneering work he and his wife were awarded the MBE in 1999. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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