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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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.
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.
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.
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My class and me are reading this book, but we didn’t finished it yet. This book is good. Dear Michael Morpurgo, you have very good ideas for your books! I can’t wait to read your latest book.
I found this book to be one of the most descriptive ever wrote by Michael.
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 really liked this book….better than i expected. i reccomend this book to everyone, simply awesome.
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.
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.
Very good book I would recommend it to any one!
Michael we r read and learn about u and this book
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is an amazing adventure book for children 9+. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 9…even adults!!!!
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!
I loved this book. 10/10. He obvoiusly put a lotof thought into this whole thing. Would definitly reccomend it!