A Medal for Leroy Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012
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“A simple story, beautifully told.” – Sunday Express
PRAISE FOR MICHAEL MORPURGO
“As ever, Morpurgo's warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope.” – Amanda Craig, The Times
“Morpurgo is a virtuoso at conjuring vibrant stories that draw on historical events." – The Observer Review
“Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects.” – The Telegraph
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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Top Customer Reviews
The novel is inspired by the life of Walter Tull. Tull was the first black officer to serve in the British Army in the First World War and recommended for the Military Cross for his bravery, but he never received one.
The fictional story follows young boy, Michael. Michael knows that his father died in the Second World War, but not much else. With the help of Aunty Snowdrop, the story reveals how Michael discovers the truth about his family and who he really is.
The story is scattered with illustrations by Michael Foreman. All the drawings are lovely and everyone will love the drawings of Jasper the Jack Russell.
This is a lovely book for children to read at home, or in the classroom. I'm an adult fan of MM's books and can't resist a new release.
I thought the idea of the book was excellent. Anything that can spark the interest of the young in important historical events must be worthwhile. And the idea of a medal, which like so many others may otherwise lay forgotten in a draw, bringing to life the person who was awarded it, has great appeal. As appealing as Morpurgo's other great children's book on a war theme, War Horse, which has brought entertainment and informed comment to so many in its book, stage and film formats.
But for me, this one did not quite come off. In my eyes, the plot became a little complex, or rather rambling at times, detracting from the central theme. The pace faltered and I wondered if this might put off a number of young readers. But who am I to say? The older I get, the more I enjoy reading and anything which encourages the kids to read, and read again, must be good. Michael Morpurgo - keep going.
By Joshua aged 9
I think That this story is aimed at children, but any adult will enjoy this book also as it has a mixed bag of emotions. It is a very good read and I would recommend it to Readers of all ages. It definetly is a must have for kindle readers and if you buy the book itself!
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Son loves Michael Morpurgo books & he said this one was 'brilliant'Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. M. Hermon
bought for my daughter, she love MM books, very mysterious she saysPublished 4 months ago by int2dsyn
I thought A Medal For Leroy was a touching but exciting too. Michael Morpurgo has a very unique style of writing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Auntie Eaddie