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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007465955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007465958
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,060 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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Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
“Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching.” – The Guardian

“Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects.” – Daily Telegraph

“There are few children’s writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo.” – Daily Express

“Morpurgo’s gift is to make this long-ago world of danger and heartbreak accessible without ever patronising his young readers.” – Sunday Mercury

“Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skillful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative”
Elizabeth Reilly – British Council

“The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers.” -The Guardian.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Shadow’, ‘A Medal for Leroy’ and ‘Little Manfred’.

His novel ‘War Horse’ has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children’s Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Colley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug 2012
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The story of Joan of Arc was first published by Michael Morpurgo in 1998 and this is the same story just published with a brand new and more appealing cover and the title is slightly different.
Aimed at younger readers, this fictional combined with historical truth story is simply told and written in the usual engaging style that readers expect from Michael Morpurgo.
The story begins with the story of Eloise Hardy, a lonely girl who lives in Orleans. Eloise has always admired Joan greatly. She thinks of her as a guardian angel and longs to be like her. One day and feeling desperately upset after not being chosen to be Joan of Arc in the town parade, Eloise decides to skip school and spend the day by the river, just opposite the site of the Tourelles. As she drifts off to sleep in the sun, she hears a mysterious voice, just like Joan did all those years ago and the voice tells her the story of Joan of Arc.
I think anyone interested in history will enjoy this book and it's ideal to use as a teaching aid in primary schools. The story is moving and as expected, the ending brought a lump to my throat. If an adult is sharing this with a youngster, it may be worth preparing them for the sadness at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MaggieC on 2 May 2012
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There is no better way to sum up this book than in the author's own notes to his book. He set out to uncover 'the real Joan' of Arc. He had found that many of the plays and books written about her portray her as too saintly or remote, not a living, breathing girl who led the French armies and ended up horribly killed by burning as a witch. To that end, he has researched the topic in detail and used historical sources as the framework for his story.
Of course, historical sources do not tell us the innermost thoughts of any character, and Morpurgo wanted to offer that insight, so invented the sparrow of the title to accompany her everywhere and be party to her private moments. I found that this works extremely well: it does not appear odd because we are familiar with other modern writers (Rowling; Pullman for example) who give their characters animal companions, yet it also adds something of the extraordinary to Joan's story - such a creature is ambiguous: is her sparrow a witch's familiar or does it represent her soul?
Those who usually find it hard to read history will find the book easy to get into: the story starts with a modern girl facing a move to a strange new town and ends with her too, linking her with Joan in a way which allows us to see the legendary saint also as an ordinary person taken out of her surroundings and facing extraordinary challenges.
This is a book which can be read by anyone, not just children, interested in finding out more about Joan. Try it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 25 April 2012
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I thought that this book was very interesting and that it was extremely fun to read. The book made me want to turn the page each time I had finished the page! Also I was so indulged in the book that I didnt want to do anything other than carry on. I do hope that if you or someone in your family reads this book that they enjoy it as much as I did.
I hope that you buy this book and I also stongly recommend other Michael Morpurgo books to you as well.
Thank you for reading my review I hope that it has helped you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Twomey on 13 Dec 2013
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I enoyed this very much. My only reservation was several references to Joan "saying Mass". Surprising to some it may be, but ladies do not say Mass, they attend and join in the celebration of Mass. Even in the Middle Ages, all Priests were men.

In all other respects I enjoyed the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 31 Dec 2012
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I think that this book is the best one that I have ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone who like legends ,history or Michael morpurgo books. I would say that this book is a five star book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Handel on 30 Aug 2013
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A good book with lots of imagination and facts. The book is good because it shows how Joan was scared about,what she had to do but still did it. She wad very brave and a heroine.
Evie, age 9.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. McGovern on 25 Feb 2013
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'Sparrow' is a amazing, historic fairytale about a seventeen year old girl called Eloise who has a dream about the heroine Joan of Arc and her life story. It all starts with a little, white Sparrow...It is an epic thriller and and cliffhanger! You should read it! Like I said, You'd be SUPER MAD not to like it!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laurryna on 14 April 2012
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I usually live Michael Morpurgo books and had read this with the intention of reading this with 10 year old children. However there are too many swear words in the text to do this. The text is historically accurate but the language is not appropriate for the intended age group!
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