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Michael Morpurgo

Biography

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books. He is a three-time winner of the Prix Sorcière in France and has twice won the Red House Children's Book Award in England. In addition, has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Prize, and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. He has also been named the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, an award he helped to establish with the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to reward a lifetime contribution to children's literature and highlight the importance of the role of children's books. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2006 for services to literature. 

He has had a lifetime of involvement with children, as a teacher, as a father and grandfather and as the founder with his wife of "Farms for City Children," a charity that enables city kids to come and share his passionate love for the countryside in general and animals in particular.

Michael Morpurgo

Books by Michael Morpurgo

by Michael Morpurgo - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Alfie lives off the coast of England. Merry lives in New York City. Until Merry and her mother set sail on the Lusitania for England, where Merry's father is recuperating from a war injury. People told them not to go, hearing rumors that the Lusitania might be carrying munitions. Alfie and his father find a lost girl in an abandoned house on a small island. The girl doesn't speak, except to say what sounds like "Lucy." The others in the village suspect the unthinkable: Lucy is actually German --- an enemy --- because she's found with a blanket with a German tag. Told from Alfie and Merry's points of view, this exquisite novel tells of friends, enemies and unexpected kindnesses.

by Michael Morpurgo - Children's, Fiction
When Michael’s aunt passes away, she leaves behind a letter that will change everything. Michael’s grandfather Leroy, a black officer in WWI charged into a battle zone not once but three times to save wounded men. His fellow soldiers insisted he deserved special commendations for his bravery but because of the racial barriers, he would go unacknowledged. Now it’s up to Michael to change that. 
by Michael Morpurgo and Francois Place - Children's, Juvenile Fiction
When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his aunt in the South of France, he's thrilled. If his mother’s Cézanne book is to be believed, Provence is paradise. So begins an idyllic month while roaming the hills. But one evening an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys the man's drawing. How can Yannick make things right?
by Michael Morpurgo - Fiction

In this sequel to WAR HORSE, Albert's son is an old man now. But he has a shameful secret he's kept to himself his whole life. As he comes to terms with the truth, he tells stories of the farm of his childhood --- his war hero dad, skipping school to help with the harvest, and of course the wonderful horses, Joey and Zoey.

by Michael Morpurgo - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 9+

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France.

by Michael Morpurgo - Historical Fiction

As the enemy lurks in the darkness, Thomas struggles to stay awake through the night. He has lived through the terror of gas attacks and watched friends die by his side. But in the morning, Thomas will be forced to confront an even greater horror. Each minute that passes brings Thomas closer to something he can't bear to to think about--the moment when the war and its horrific consequences will change his life forever.