For a special treat, we have chosen three Morpurgo Month picks in ereader format for you to download and indulge in this month.
In the theme of War, A Medal for Leroy is inspired by the true story of Walter Tull the first black officer in the British army. Michael doesn’t remember his father. He was an RAF pilot lost in the war, but that’s all Michael knows. And his mother won’t talk about him. But when Michael’s Auntie Snowdrop gives him a medal, and then a faded photograph, a story begins to be told. A secret story about his family and who Michael’s father really was… a story that will change everything.
Michael Morpurgo tells the emotional story of the only German survivor to be taken on board a British ship as a prisoner of war when the Bismarck sinks in Little Manfred. 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…
In the theme of Voyages, Running Wild tells the incredible story of Will and his mother who travel to Indonesia for a new start following the death of Will’s father. But when the tsunami comes crashing in, Oona, the elephant Will is riding on, begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he’s not completely alone . . . He’s got Oona.