Waiting for Anya Paperback – 1 Aug 2001
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About the Author
Michael Morpurgo: The Master Storyteller. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. One of the most successful children's authors in the country, and loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books and 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. His novels have been adapted for film (My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came) and stage (most recently, Kensuke's Kingdom for the Polka Theatre and Why the Whales Came by for Alibi.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It shows that not all German soldiers were cruel or unkind. Michael Morpurgo manages to bring beauty into a very awful and dangerous situation. There is a German corporal who takes Jo off to hunt for eagles. He also gives Hubert (autistic?) his spare pair of binoculars.
It shows how villagers were prepared to sacrifice their own lives to save those of innocent children.
I'm a Michael Morpurgo fan and aiming to read all his books. They may be written for a younger age group, but are so deep and spiritual almost, that I think jaded adults should be reading them to restore their souls and the magic of good conquering evil, even if, (as he manages to portray) sometimes, bad things still happen.
This book is about a little village located in France in the Second World War set in the mountains near the border of Spain. A boy named Joe discovers a secret about a Jew who is living with the black widow on the top of the hill hidden by the forest while looking after the sheep because his father is at war.
Smuggling Jewish kids from all around Europe over the border to the safety of Spain is a tricky task in itself without German guards patrolling. However, when the German soldiers move in to guard the village and the border it becomes ever more risky. Will they get caught? If they do, the consequences could be fatal.
A very compelling and touching story about the harsh lives for the Jews in the war. It portrays the story of life and there is suspense around every corner. A emotional tale for those who like a book that pull your heart strings and brim a tear. This is a must read!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
another nice story including a clever use of the Transhumance but not Morpurgo's very best story. Still worth a read.Published 7 months ago by aes3
I have enjoyed Waiting for Anya.It is a story once you start reading I found it hard to put down.A really good book very well written.Published 10 months ago by sheila
This book is fabulous read.
I liked it because it was very interesting and it made me want to read on as every chapter had a different cliffhanger at the end, the only thing... Read more
This war tale is full of cliffhangers and exitement. it entices the reader and is a real joy to read.Published 20 months ago by Natalie Ruth Brint