Michael Morpurgo

Much-loved and prolific children's author of animal stories.

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo has written many excellent Children's books. Over fifty in fact, and most of them are required reading for anyone between the ages of 8 and 12. His most celebrated Children's book is the Wartime story, War Horse. Adapted for film and stage, the new hardback edition is illustrated by Rae Smith, the National Theatre production Stage Designer.

2012 saw the release of Michael Morpurgo's Beauty and the Beast, illustrated by Loretta Schauer, winner of the Waterstones Picture This competiton 2012.

Book and writing awards

Red House Children's Book Award 2000 (Kensuke's Kingdom), Nestlé Smarties Book Prize 2002 bronze award (The Last Wolf, Red House Children's Book Award 2004 (Private Peaceful, Blue Peter Book of the Year Award 2005 (Private Peaceful and the Hampshire Book Award 2005 (Private Peaceful.

Similar authors to Michael Morpurgo

Jill Tomlinson and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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Book Clinic: Bedtime Reading for Younger Children - 29th June 2013

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Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon

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The stunning new novel of World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured,...
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Long Way Home

Long Way Home (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 160 pages
Published: 04/09/2006
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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Long Way Home is a heartfelt tale of an orphaned boy in search of family from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo.... Read more

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Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 06/08/2007
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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Friend or Foe is a gripping World War 2 story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Evacuated from London, David... Read more

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The Nine Lives of Montezuma

The Nine Lives of Montezuma (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 06/08/2007
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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The charming tales of one mischievous cat from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. A cat's nine lives are full of... Read more

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Twist of Gold

Twist of Gold (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 304 pages
Published: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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An epic journey through famine, hope and survival by Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.... Read more

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Little Foxes

Little Foxes (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 05/05/2008
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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Little Foxes is a spellbinding animal story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Now available as an ebook Bullied... Read more

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Why the Whales Came

Why the Whales Came (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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An exciting adventure from Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. Gracie and her friend... Read more

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Tom's Sausage Lion

Tom's Sausage Lion (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 80 pages
Published: 05/08/1999
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

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But it's true', Tom shouted. 'It was a real lion, I know it was'. No-one believes Tom when he says he has seen a lion - padding... Read more

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King of the Cloud Forests

King of the Cloud Forests (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 04/09/2006
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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King of the Cloud Forests is a gripping and heartfelt war story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Escaping from... Read more

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My Friend Walter

My Friend Walter (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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My Friend Walter is a charming and hilarious story of friendship between different eras from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael... Read more

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Mr Nobody's Eyes

Mr Nobody's Eyes (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 04/09/2006
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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Mr Nobody's Eyes is a compelling animal story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Harry heard the key turn in... Read more

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Waiting for Anya

Waiting for Anya (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 05/02/2007
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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A gripping war story by Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. In this World War 2 story, Jo... Read more

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The Sandman and the Turtles

The Sandman and the Turtles (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 96 pages
Published: 04/03/2013
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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This is a beautifully illustrated edition of a classic tale by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo. Michael loves his grandfather's stories about... Read more

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The War of Jenkins' Ear

The War of Jenkins' Ear (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 05/02/2007
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A spellbinding children's story from Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. 'And... Read more

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The Dancing Bear

The Dancing Bear (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 64 pages
Published: 29/06/1994
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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A gentle and deeply moving story of a young girl and her bear, told with great charm by a master storyteller. High in the mountains, in a tiny... Read more

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Listen to the Moon

Listen to the Moon (Hardback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Hardback 448 pages
Published: 25/09/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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The stunning new novel of World War One from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller and multi-million copy bestseller. May, 1915.... Read more

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Arthur, High King of Britain

Arthur, High King of Britain (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 26/09/2013
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'In those empty chairs you see about the Round Table, there once sat a company of knights, the finest, bravest men the world has ever seen. And... Read more

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The Wreck of the Zanzibar

The Wreck of the Zanzibar (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 112 pages
Published: 06/08/2007
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A gripping children's story from Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. "We all... Read more

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The Ghost of Grania O'Malley

The Ghost of Grania O'Malley (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 06/08/2007
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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The Ghost of Grania O'Malley is another gripping ghost story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Everyone... Read more

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Red Eyes at Night

Red Eyes at Night (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 96 pages
Published: 14/01/1998
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

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Millie's cousin Geraldine is a show-off and a pain. So Millie plots revenge. She tells Geraldine about the ghost with red eyes who lives in the... Read more

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The Butterfly Lion

The Butterfly Lion (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 07/05/1996
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion.... Read more

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Sparrow: The Story of Joan of Arc

Sparrow: The Story of Joan of Arc (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 29/03/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Eloise has always loved Joan of Arc. Noble, honest and brave, she was everything Eloise wishes to be. And on a bright sunny day in Orleans, Eloise... Read more

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Escape from Shangri-La

Escape from Shangri-La (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 04/09/2006
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A gripping and heartfelt war story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. Turned away by his own son, Cessie's... Read more

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Kensuke's Kingdom

Kensuke's Kingdom (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 01/02/2000
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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Kensuke's Kingdom is a true children's classic by Michael Morpurgo, the creator of War Horse. I heard the wind above me in the sails. I... Read more

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Black Queen

Black Queen (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 96 pages
Published: 01/06/2000
Publisher: Young Corgi

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The 'Black Queen' is what Billy calls his shadowy next-door neighbour. She always wears a black cloak and a wide-brimmed black hat. She... Read more

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Dear Olly

Dear Olly (Paperback)

by Christian Birmingham, et al.

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 06/10/2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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A moving story of a brother, a sister and a swallow, and how all are in some way victims of the horrors of landmines. Olly's brother Matt wants... Read more

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Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 01/01/2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Billy was a champion soccer star, playing for Chelsea in the 1930s. But that was before war broke out...Billy the Kid is told through the voice of... Read more

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Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 10/05/2012
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

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This story is not a story at all. It all happened. On New Year's Day Becky Morley begins to write her diary. By March, her world has changed for... Read more

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Toro! Toro!

Toro! Toro! (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 07/05/2002
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Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo turns his storytelling skills to the drama and tragedy of the Spanish Civil War, illustrated by Michael... Read more

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The Last Wolf

The Last Wolf (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 96 pages
Published: 02/01/2003
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

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Michael Morpurgo has created a sweeping and dramatic story in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. This spellbinding tale is complemented perfectly by... Read more

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The Sleeping Sword

The Sleeping Sword (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 128 pages
Published: 05/05/2008
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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An enchanting take on the legend of King Arthur from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo. 'There stood before me an... Read more

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Mr Skip

Mr Skip (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 112 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Believing in magic makes dreams come true...Jackie dreams of having a horse of her own, one that'll be the fastest on the estate, the fastest in... Read more

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Cool!

Cool! (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 112 pages
Published: 03/03/2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma - victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not... Read more

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Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 29/05/2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller. Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24... Read more

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 03/10/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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Of all the tales of the Knights of the Round Table, the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is surely the most magical. Here are thrills and... Read more

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The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 06/02/2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and... Read more

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I Believe in Unicorns

I Believe in Unicorns (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 80 pages
Published: 04/09/2006
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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Tomas hates school, hates books and hates stories. Forced to visit the library, he stops to listen to magical tales that the Unicorn Lady spins.... Read more

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Beowulf

Beowulf (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 03/10/2013
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him.... Read more

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Born to Run

Born to Run (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 02/06/2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life - and from owner to owner..."The sack... Read more

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The Mozart Question

The Mozart Question (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 80 pages
Published: 05/11/2007
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

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This is a moving tale of secrets and survival bound together by the power of music, from a master storyteller.When Lesley is sent to Venice to... Read more

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Kaspar: Prince of Cats

Kaspar: Prince of Cats (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 07/01/2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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A heart-warming, colour-illustrated novel about Kaspar the Savoy cat, from the award-winning author of Born to Run and The Amazing Story of Adolphus... Read more

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Running Wild

Running Wild (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 27/05/2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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The epic and heart-rending jungle adventure from the nation's favourite storyteller, now available in paperback. For Will and his mother, going... Read more

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An Elephant in the Garden

An Elephant in the Garden (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 240 pages
Published: 09/06/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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A thrilling and moving novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or... Read more

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Not Bad for a Bad Lad

Not Bad for a Bad Lad (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 92 pages
Published: 01/02/2012
Publisher: Templar Publishing

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When a young boy gets a reputation for being naughty at school, he reacts by being the bad lad that everyone expects. Leaving school at fourteen, he... Read more

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Shadow

Shadow (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 29/09/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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A powerful novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation's favourite storyteller...Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a... Read more

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Little Manfred

Little Manfred (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 176 pages
Published: 03/01/2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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A heart-lifting, heartbreaking story by Michael Morpurgo, the second-biggest children's author in the UK. In the Imperial War Museum is a... Read more

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Outlaw: The Story of Robin Hood

Outlaw: The Story of Robin Hood (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 29/03/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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After a fierce storm, a boy discovers a human skull, buried beneath the roots of an ancient tree. A skull with a legendary story...Vivid... Read more

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Mr Skip

Mr Skip (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 112 pages
Published: 07/06/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Believing in magic makes dreams come true...Jackie dreams of having a horse of her own, one that'll be the fastest on the estate, the fastest in... Read more

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A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 29/08/2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army. A novel about families, identity and loss by bestselling... Read more

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Pinocchio

Pinocchio (Hardback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Hardback 272 pages
Published: 26/09/2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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The perfect gift for all ages, Pinocchio as you've never seen him before: telling his own story through the master storyteller and award-winning... Read more

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War Horse

War Horse (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 04/09/2006
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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The book that inspired Steven Spielberg's Hollywood blockbuster movie and an internationally acclaimed stage show ...it can only be Michael... Read more

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War Horse

War Horse (Hardback)

by Michael Morpurgo, et al.

Format: Hardback 232 pages
Published: 05/11/2013
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd

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1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. In the desolation of the trenches,... Read more

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Farm Boy

Farm Boy (Paperback)

by Michael Morpurgo

Format: Paperback 112 pages
Published: 29/09/2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

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The magical sequel to 'War Horse', soon to be a major motion picture. Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of... Read more

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