Search Results: "Clare Morpurgo"


BOOK REVIEW

WHERE MY WELLIES TAKE ME by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"'And all shall behold the seasons unfold' in this beautiful volume celebrating nature and verse in its most splendid quietude. (afterword, poetry index) (Poetry/fiction. 8-12)"
With a keen and sensitive eye, a young English girl explores the Devon countryside. Read full book review >

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LISTEN TO THE MOON by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A poignant and life-affirming story from a master. (author's notes) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
War invades a peaceful English fishing community. Read full book review >

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SHADOW by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Humanity triumphs over evil and bureaucracy in this heart-rending and heart-affirming story. (postscript, background information on Yarl's Wood and sniffer dogs) (Fiction. 9-14)"
Two 14-year-old boys, one Afghan and one English, find friendship with each other and with two exceptional dogs. Read full book review >

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AN ELEPHANT IN THE GARDEN by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A moving but somewhat flawed tale of human—and animal—courage in the face of tragic suffering. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Lizzie, a frail, aged nursing-home resident, relates to her nurse and the nurse's son her poignant World War II tale set in Dresden, Germany. Read full book review >

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KENSUKE’S KINGDOM by Michael Morpurgo
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"A prizewinning import: sensitive, perceptive, and well-told. (Fiction. 10-12)"
More adventure than ordeal, this survival tale will fit the bill for thoughtful readers discomfited by extreme violence or gross details. Read full book review >

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THE SANDMAN AND THE TURTLES by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"A diverting fantasy from Morpurgo (Twist of Gold, 1993, etc.). (Fiction. 8-12)"
Michael spends the summer in Wales with his Uncle Rob, Aunt Eleri, Gramps, cousin Barry, and Barry's little sister, Polly. Read full book review >

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WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 1983

"Despite relentless English and German anti-war rumination, and Joey's own supra-equine understandings: some distinct glimpses of how it was to be a war-horse—in addition to that thundering melodrama. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In effect, a horse's eye view of the First World War—heart-rending in Black Beauty tradition, anti-war like All Quiet..., certainly unusual and dramatic. Read full book review >

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PRIVATE PEACEFUL by Michael Morpurgo
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

From England's Children's Laureate, a searing WWI-era tale of a close extended family repeatedly struck by adversity and injustice. Read full book review >

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THE WAR OF JENKINS' EAR by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"Morpurgo is unhindered by the undeniably British locale and characters: He has written a rare novel that has the capacity to teach its potent lessons of altruism to many readers. (Fiction. 9- 12)"
Morpurgo (The Sandman and the Turtles, 1994, etc.) chooses a British preparatory school in the 1950s as the unlikely setting for the second coming of Christ in an engrossing, imaginative tale. Read full book review >

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TWIST OF GOLD by Michael Morpurgo
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, what the story lacks in credibility it makes up for in suspense; even if it is unbelievable that the children find their mother alive and well in California, it's also the kind of happy surprise that will keep readers avidly turning the pages. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Sean O'Brien and his sister Annie leave their dying mother in famine-and plague-stricken County Cork to head for America. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR ANYA by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"While harrowing journeys like these have become familiar, this particular story achieves special resonance in its depiction of the innocent and guilty living side by side, settling into uneasy alliances and learning the lessons of war that leave none untouched. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lescun, France, during WWII is the setting for this latest work by the author of Mr. Nobody's Eyes (1990). Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Readers drawn to the wonderful green eyes of the cat on the cover may find their disappointment that this isn't really a cat story assuaged by the considerable charm of Lily's narrative. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Lily Tregenza's diary entries provide an engaging glimpse of the changes wrought upon her family farm and small village on the Devon coast during the months leading up to D-Day. Read full book review >