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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (5 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405229276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405229272
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,217 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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ard 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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec 2009
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Yet another cracker from Michael Morpurgo - he can do no wrong in my eyes. Set in a small farming village in the mountains on the border of France and Spain. The village has recently been occupied by German soldiers and all the villagers are under a strict curfew. Jo's father has been away, held as a prisoner of war for the last four years and Jo lives with his mother, siblings and grandfather.
Whilst out herding the sheep Jo stumbles across a big secret - an old Widow just outside the village is harbouring her Jewish son in law and a group of young Jewish children. The aim is to get them over the border to Spain, and safety.

Michael Morpurgo's characters are wonderfully written, although he does not hide the facts of the horrors of war time, he does manage to make the reader aware that although the Germans are the enemy, they too are human with their own tragedies in life.
This is an excellent story, both educational and exciting too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne Anstruther on 31 May 2010
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A book to help understand the problems of those who lived through the war - from both sides. This book has it all - intrigue, tension, adventure, thoughtfulness, charity. Read it before you hand it on to the person you bought it for.
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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug 2001
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I really enjoyed this exciting and moving book about a boy who becomes involved with the French resistance and helps young Jewish children escape over the mountains to Spain. It is a story of courage, friendship and strength and has a sad and happy ending. It is a story to remember and read time and time again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pj on 7 Mar 2010
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My kids loved it. They love every book he's written. My son was inspired to write stories after reading books by this author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sonia on 1 Dec 2011
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I bought this with other Michael Morpurgo books as presents for boys between 11 and 13.
Very pleased with them all they make excellent reading even for adults
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 May 2011
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I got this book out at the library and thought it looked quite interesting. I have read quite a few books by Michael Morpurgo and have enjoyed most of them. I was gripped right till the end with the book, it was very well written and I really felt how the characters must be feeling. My favourite character was Hubert, who seemed very nice and a bit like Big Joe in Morpurgo's book Private, Peaceful. I enjoyed the book but I was very disappointed with the ending. I really thought more should've happened at the end and I was very upset about what happened to Hubert. But overall the book was very good!
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This story is based in a small farming village in France near the boarder of Spain, as well as being set during the time when Germany and Britain fought a deadly war against each other in World War 2. Also Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazi's and safely into Spain.
Germany soon send soldiers to guard the boarder to prevent the Jewish children escaping and if they spotted anyone helping them the German solders would shoot them.There's even been a strict curfew rule added that no one is permitted to be outside their house after 9:00pm.
The Jewish people are still resilient to escape over the boarder safely into Spain but they face several consequences and hardships along the way.
I advise this book to be read by children 9+.
This is another heartbreaking adventurous novel by Michael Morpurgo.
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This book is amazing i have read all of it now and gets to quite sad toward the end but finishes beautifully. From start to finish it has you on your toes with a calm begging leading to a fast pace book that i just couldn't put down at all. Loved this book and great for kids and adults. Would definitely recommend to anyone
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