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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; Re-issue edition (2 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140523962X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405239622
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Morpurgo Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award 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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Format: Hardcover
Interweaving the story of a blind boy who lives on the Scilly Isles, with the myth and truth of King Arthur, Michael Morpurgo takes the reader deep inside the mind of a boy who seems ordinary but is really anything but. The story is told by the boy, Bun, in the first person, as his own true story that becomes a story from his imagination about discovering a very special sword and shield in a tomb on his father's farm. But within that story he dreams another story about the quest he is compelled to take on because of that sword and shield ... confused yet? I read it to my nine-year old son and he enjoyed it but I'm not sure how much of it he understood. I certainly found it difficult to know what layer of the story we were within. The confusion was not helped by the unconventional typeface that the publisher has chosen to typeset it in.
If your child is fascinated by the legends of King Arthur, they will probably enjoy this but they will definitely need a certain literary maturity to gain much out of it.
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I brought this book for my mother and she's thrilled to bits with it i asked her last night on how far she got with it and then i was told that it was finished as she couldn't put it down lol!
so im guessing it was a good buy after all haha! ;)
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This book is about a boy called Bun who ends up blind after hitting his head on a rock. He falls into a hole with a sword and a shield in it. Bun has a dream about his friend and him bringing the sword, Excalibur, back to Arthur. When he wakes he is not blind any more.
I enjoyed reading this book even though the plot and the language were hard to understand at times.It made me realise it must be terrible to be blind.
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We loved this book. Read it with my 9 year old son. Trying to encourage him to read more than just diary of a wimpy kid, and we both enjoyed this one. I didn't want him to read it on his own and not hear what happened next!!! Beautifully written, great for this age group, innovative, real and gripping. Highly recommend
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This is a fairly easy read, but conjours up King Arthur and times forgotten. It was interesting as the boy is blind, so the children were interested to discuss what life was like for the boy. WE enjoyed it
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1 of 3 best reads to grandson in 2012
hair-raisingly good
recommend to all grandmas and grandads whose offspring have ever visited the Scillies
a great ending which leaves questions to mull over
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THE BOOK WAS GREAT I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! THE WHOLE STORY AND THE PLOT WAS A GREAT IDEA.I COULD REALLY IMAGINE IT IN MY HEAD
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By Emma on 19 Aug. 2014
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OMG ABSOLOUTLEY FAB I LOVED EVERY MOMENT OF IT!
IT HELPED ME TO PICTURE WHAT PEOPLE FEEL BEING BLIND IS
LIKE , I LOVE IT ABSOLOUTLEY LOVE IT !!

BY FAR BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER PUBLISHED

EVEN WAR HORSE AND PRIVATE PEACEFUL DON'T REACH THIS
STANDARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#OUTOFTHISWORLD
#AMAZING
#MUSTREAD
#YOU'LLLOVEIT
#HELLYEAH
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