Search Results: "Michael Morpurgo"


BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL by Henry Flesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Amen."
Flesh's X-rated debut novel, the Lambda Award-winning Massage (1999), told of life at the bottom of Manhattan's gay subculture. 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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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 >

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THE BUTTERFLY LION by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"This dreamlike story is suffused with a man's lifelong love for a rare, gentle animal friend. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A runaway schoolboy finds a magnificent monument to a magnificent animal in this ghost story, at once marvelous and matter-of-fact, from Morpurgo (Robin of Sherwood, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GHOST OF GRANIA O'MALLEY by Michael Morpurgo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

Even an unusually vivacious ghost can't brighten this lackluster tale of young people fighting to preserve the scenic beauty of their Irish island. 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 >