Published: January 2013
When the Bismarck sinks, one of the only German survivors is taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war. Sent to live with a host family, Walter must adapt to a new way of life, in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a friend in ten-year-old Grace. So when the time finally comes to go back to Germany, it’s an emotional parting.The question is, will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, with the World Cup coming to Britain, that opportunity may just have come along…
“This is a very touching, absorbing story vividly bringing events to life.” Primary Times
“This book is perfect for anybody who wants to find out about the Second World War and how it affected real people.” First News
From Shadow to Private Peaceful, A Medal for Leroy to Why the Whales Came, Michael Morpurgo talks about the theme of war in his books
Shortlisted Oxfordshire Book Awards 2012
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Friday, 21st February 2014
The winner of the Morpurgo Month competition is announced.
Schools were asked to create reviews for their favourite Michael Morpurgo Month books. These could take any format schools chose; they just needed to demonstrate how much the pupils love the 30 titles included in Morpurgo Month, a celebration of Michael’s books for his 70th birthday.
Monday, 30th December 2013
Were you lucky enough to get an ereader this Christmas? Our Classic Morpurgo eBook Collection features Kaspar, Born to Run, The Butterfly Lion, Alone On A Wide Wide Sea, Farm Boy and Running Wild. It’s the perfect start to your ebook library!
Or why not get started with this wonderful collection of war stories? Our Morpurgo War Stories eBook Collection features Private Peaceful, Little Manfred, The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, Toro! Toro!, Shadow and An Elephant in the Garden.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Reading charity Booktrust is pleased to announce former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as its new President. The role, previously held by the late Doris Lessing, offers a notable figure as a supporter and ambassador for Booktrust’s work.
Booktrust believes that no-one should miss out on the life changing benefits that reading can bring. It gives free books to children via national programmes such as ‘Bookstart’, which works through locally based organisations to give packs of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers. With over 90 years of expertise in recommending books, it runs sponsored book prizes and manages creative reading projects, such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. This year, it launched a brand new prize – The Booktrust Best Book Awards, supported by Kindle.
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I am glad I decided to purchase this book. It was a moving story, and I think, like always, the description is really exquisite, and I felt like I was there, listening to Walter telling the story.
Little Manfred is a detailed book. I couldn’t put it down! And i finished it in one evening! I really enjoyed it.
this book is so good I love how the name manfred was passed down it is a lovely book it is so good. it was sad but good now my mum is going to read it and my grandma I think it deserves a 10/10
I think this book is really good and intresting. You learn quite alot about the war which I enjoy reading about. You are my favourite author. We read Butterfly Lion in class.
I really enjoyed this book, it kept surprising me at times when I found out something else from the story. It taught me about equality and friendship. Rating:10/10!!!!
I found this book very good ,it was intesting and I read it in 15 days . I am a dog lover I have two dogs they do the same things as manfred did