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Waiting for Anya Paperback – 1 Aug 2001

4.6 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mammoth; New edition edition (1 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749746882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749746889
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,786,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 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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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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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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A truly beautiful and moving book about a young boy who helps a widow and her Jewish son-in-law save Jewish children.

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.
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I am in year 8 now and I read this book during the summer while on holiday. I extremely enjoyed it and would really recommend it to anyone but the level is mostly suited for yr 5-8.

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!!!
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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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This is one of the best books ever I must say. The story takes place in the second world war,in a little village of France. Jo meats a mesterious man in the forest and then at widow Horcada's farm. He helps children get over the boarder in Spain. Who is Anya? And why is Benjamin waiting for her???? I'd have thought the book boaring but no ...
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A lovely story. Although this is a book written for children it makes good light reading for adults. I read a previous book given to me in error about a Greyhound (as I own one) that too was a charming book. Will look out and read more of this author.
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