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The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips [Kindle Edition]

Michael Morpurgo
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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A lot of Michael Morpurgo’s novels for young readers have shared a common theme recently, and to a canon of work about the two World Wars that has included War Horse and Private Peaceful he adds the quietly impressive The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. His backdrop, meticulously researched and recreated as ever, is the evacuation of several South Coast villages in early 1944 to make way for American troops as they practice for the imminent D-Day landings.

Morpurgo focuses on the impact this upheaval has on one young twelve-year-old girl, Lily Tregenze, who lives on a farm in the village of Slapton with her mum and grandfather. Her world is made up of her local school, currently filled to bursting with London evacuees, and her adoration for Tips, her faithful cat companion. Tips is forever having litters of kittens and Lily is distraught when her dad, who’s away in the army, then her mum, drowns successive litters because they would be too many to keep and feed.

The biggest shock of the reality of living in Wartime Britain, however, comes when they find out they have to move to their Uncle George’s farm to make way for the army exercises. On the eve of their move, Tips goes missing. And for months afterwards it is only the kindness of a young American soldier and his army friend who help look Lily look for Tips that helps her get through the many changes and challenges in her life.

The reader is forewarned that there is a twist at the end of this story, that Lily has gone and done something amazing and maybe a little foolhardy, and half the fun of this book is guessing what that might turn out to be. Morpurgo is a genuinely talented storyteller. There is always the kernel of a great idea in his books that make him one of the best writers for children around today. (Age 8 and over) --John McLay

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A lot of Michael Morpurgo’s novels for young readers have shared a common theme recently, and to a canon of work about the two World Wars that has included War Horse and Private Peaceful he adds the quietly impressive The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. His backdrop, meticulously researched and recreated as ever, is the evacuation of several South Coast villages in early 1944 to make way for American troops as they practice for the imminent D-Day landings.

Morpurgo focuses on the impact this upheaval has on one young twelve-year-old girl, Lily Tregenze, who lives on a farm in the village of Slapton with her mum and grandfather. Her world is made up of her local school, currently filled to bursting with London evacuees, and her adoration for Tips, her faithful cat companion. Tips is forever having litters of kittens and Lily is distraught when her dad, who’s away in the army, then her mum, drowns successive litters because they would be too many to keep and feed.

The biggest shock of the reality of living in Wartime Britain, however, comes when they find out they have to move to their Uncle George’s farm to make way for the army exercises. On the eve of their move, Tips goes missing. And for months afterwards it is only the kindness of a young American soldier and his army friend who help look Lily look for Tips that helps her get through the many changes and challenges in her life.

The reader is forewarned that there is a twist at the end of this story, that Lily has gone and done something amazing and maybe a little foolhardy, and half the fun of this book is guessing what that might turn out to be. Morpurgo is a genuinely talented storyteller. There is always the kernel of a great idea in his books that make him one of the best writers for children around today. (Age 8 and over) --John McLay


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4251 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 043979661X
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (29 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I11F08M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,478 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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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming story - I couldn't put it down. 20 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
Michael Morpurgo has written yet another brilliant story with 'The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips'.

It's the story of Lily Tregenza who, in 1943, lives on the family farm on the coast of Devon with her mum and grandfather. Her dad's away in the army. Lily has a cat called Tips, and when the family are forced to move from their home for several months while the army take over the area as a training ground Lily's beloved Tips runs away and gets left behind. Lily is heartbroken but will not give up her search for Tips and she enters the cordoned-off Danger Zone to look for Tips herself - a very dangerous place to be...

It's a lovely story. Written in a simple, easy-to-read style, yet granting the reader a true insight into the Second World War from a child's perspective in the countryside. We also learn at the outset of the story that there's going to be a twist to Lily's tale right at the end, so as long as you don't cheat and peek at the end, it makes for a really compulsive read.

Michael Morpurgo reminds us that 3000 people really were evacuated from their homes around Slapton Sands in Devon, so that the troops could practice landing exercises along the beaches. The beaches there were similar there to the landing beaches in Normandy, used for the D-Day landings of June 1944.

I can highly recommend the story of Adolphus Tips for all ages from 8+.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 21 Sep 2008
By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is a truly wonderful little book - which I would guess is aimed at age 9 - 13 children. It's only short and easily readable in an afternoon.

It's a beautiful story and very well written and shows the war and how it affected this small farming community from a young girl's perspective. It's not just about a missing cat - it is much more than that. It covers Lily's relationship with her family, with an evacuee who is sent to live with them and with the American soldiers based nearby. We also learn about Lily's guilt - she doesnt feel that she misses her Dad (who is away at war) enough, and feels closer to her new friends, the American soldiers.

The book starts as a letter to Michael from his grandmother Lily - enclosed with the letter is her childhood diary which tells the story of the evacuated village and her search for her cat Tips. We know that there is going to be a twist at the end of the book, and the twist is quite surprising but brings a lump to the throat.

As a postscript, Michael Murpurgo explains that the people of Slapton were actually evacuated during the war, and the village and it's beach used as a training ground for the Americans in preparation for the D Day landings.

I would recommend this book to all; adults and children alike.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, and realistic 4 May 2007
Format:Paperback
As a grown-up fan of Michael Morpurgo's books, I came to this one especially interested in the South Hams district of South Devon in which it is set, an area I know quite well and which was evacuated during World War Two so that the Allied troops could practise for D-Day.

The characters are all so well-drawn and believable, neither saints nor villains. Most of the book is written in the form of a diary by Lily Tregenza, a schoolgirl at the time of the evacuation.

Tips, by the way, is Lily's cat, and a powerful character in her own right.

I will really enjoy sharing this book with my son, who is 11 and currently doing a project on Britain during the Second World War. Also with my daughter, aged 9, who is very keen on stories involving animals.

I can't imagine anyone NOT enjoying this warm and powerful book. Full marks, and thank you once again to Mr Morpurgo !
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 2 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
It's 1943 in a village on the south coast of England. Britain is at war and Lily Tregnza's life is about to be turned upside-down.

Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo is an emotional rollercoster of a tale. Lily has to move out of her farm to make way for the allied forces practicing for there invasion on France. Lily's cat Tips gets left behind in the out of bound area. When she sneaks in looking for Tips, Lily meets a kind American soldier who helps her search.

This book is about so much more than a lost cat. Its about love, friendship, war and loss all twisted together to make one fascinating tale.

By Rachael. Aged 10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 2 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
It's 1943 in a village on the south coast of England. Britain is at war and Lily Tregnza's life is about to be turned upside-down.

Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo is an emotional rollercoster of a tale. Lily has to move out of her farm to make way for the allied forces practicing for there invasion on France. Lily's cat Tips gets left behind in the out of bound area. When she sneaks in looking for Tips, Lily meets a kind American soldier who helps her search.

This book is about so much more than a lost cat. Its about love, friendship, war and loss all twisted together to make one fascinating tale.

By Rachael. Aged 10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tips and the evacuation 3 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
During my university years I studied the Home Front and read of the misery and excitement of evacuation. I spoke to people who were evacuated including my own father and learned of the alien envirionments in which young children often found themselves. Therefore, it was interesting and entertaining to read this book with my grandson. He read of the experiences of Lily and Barry during the war and the impact the arrival of the American soldiers had upon communities. However, the tale of the missing cat (Adolphus Tips) was neatly interwoven with the story of the evacuation and we caught glimpses of how it affected the adults whilst seeing this through a child's eyes. Our copy of the book had a giveaway illustration towards the end so we guessed the twist although not the details of it.

I thoroughly recommend this book as the author is able to capture the spirit of that time in history whilst writing a very heartening and enjoyable story.
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