Billy the Kid

By Michael Morpurgo, Illustrated by Michael Foreman

A moving story combining war and football: the game with the ability to link nations and generations

‘Told with all the author’s open-hearted clarity, and richly illustrated’ Philip Pullman

Billy’s no kid – he’s eighty today. And this afternoon he’ll be cheering on his team, Chelsea, as he has done all his life.

In 1939, Billy was picked for Chelsea. Not quite nineteen, and his dreams had already come true. But later that year the Second World War would begin, and would transform Billy’s life again – along with everyone else’s – forever . . .

Format: Paperback
Ageband: 9 to 11
Release Date: 29 Aug 2024
Pages: 128
ISBN: 978-0-00-863872-6
Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain\'s best-loved writers for children, and has sold more than 35 million books around the world. He has written more than 150 novels and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award and the Blue Peter Book Award, while several of his books have been adapted for stage and screen, including the global theatrical phenomenon War Horse. Michael was Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005, and founded the charity Farms for City Children with his wife, Clare. He was knighted in 2018 for services to literature and charity.

'A thrilling and moving story about a Chelsea footballer who gets caught up in the ravages of the Second World War, with the focus on the Beautiful Game as a common bond that can link nations and generations’ -

Foreman's shimmering watercolours and line, so agile and expressive, are a perfect match for Morpurgo's assured and memorable narrative. This is a book that will be treasured by any child or teacher learning about the Second World War' TES -

'It's wonderful!' Kate Agnew -

”'Michael Morpurgo, whose command of his material is absolute, told with all the author's open-hearted clarity, and richly illustrated by Michael Foreman” - Guardian

'A story that combines football and war. It is a lot like an afternoon at Stamford Bridge, and ideal for football fans aged eight and over' Daily Telegraph -