Published: February 2007
“The Birdman puts spells on people. We mustn’t talk to him. We’re not supposed to.”
Gracie and Daniel have been warned to stay away from the mad Birdman- but the message in the sand tells them that the Birdman isn’t what he seems.
Then they get lost in the fog and stranded on Samson Island. Should they believe the Birdman’s story that the island is cursed?
“It reminds me of the islands in Scotland I have been to. It was so mysterious and easy to make connections with the characters. It was if you were there with Michael whilst he was writing it!” Jess, Nation’s Favourite Morpurgo Vote
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
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Monday, 25th November 2013
It’s the final days of Michael Morpurgo Month and we have plenty to help you celebrate. As well as turning our focus to voyages for the final six days of November, there’s a chance to get four Michael Morpurgo classics for just 99p each.
Monday, 18th November 2013
From Sparrow to Outlaw, we’re looking at legends this week for Michael Morpurgo Month! Find out all you need to know here. Plus, don’t forget your school could win a visit from the man himself and we have an iPad and a signed copy of War Horse to giveaway!
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I loved this book. 10/10. He obvoiusly put a lotof thought into this whole thing. Would definitly reccomend it!
I love Why the Whales Came! We are reading it at school for guided reading. We haven’t yet finished it but it is brilliant so far. It is so descriptive and you always feel what the characters feel he has written so well. I really recommend to anyone who likes reading stories about real life situations! I hope you like it - I do!
This is an amazing adventure book for children 9+. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 9…even adults!!!!
I have not read this book but it sound like a really good book. My friend loves reading and reccomends this book so I am going to get a copy and read it myself. I have read many of his books and they are really good so thank you micheal morpurgo for writing such magnificent books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Very good book I would recommend it to any one!
This is a great book full of adventure and you are always wondering what will come next. and 10/10 thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing this.
I think this book is a really good idea. It sort of has a message that nobody is as it may seem. It has a bit of mystery, and I love mystery books such as the three investigators, and a bit of a cliff-hanger without stopping, when all the villagers on the island lift the whales back into the sea, so if you like elements of lots of types (the fantasy is the unicorn horn) i would recommend it.
i really liked this book….better than i expected. i reccomend this book to everyone, simply awesome.
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darcy daydream says:
i absolutely love this book. i do not have a favourite michael morpurgo book, but i did love this one. the plot and charecters are truly amazing and i would reccomend it to anyone who loves a good mystery book. i hope that anyone that reads it likes it too!
I found this book to be one of the most descriptive ever wrote by Michael.