Listen to the Moon

By Michael Morpurgo

A heart-wrenching and beautiful First World War novel where, in the face of fear and division, love, courage and kindness allow life to go on after unthinkable tragedy

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards

‘Our national treasure . . . Hugely moving’ New Statesman

When Alfie Wheatcroft and his father find an injured girl alone on one of Scilly’s uninhabited islands, they have no idea where she’s come from or who she is. Able to speak only one word, ‘Lucy’, the girl is a mystery to everyone – even herself.

While the Wheatcrofts love her as one of their own, their fellow islanders are filled with wartime suspicion. As hostility mounts and hope dwindles, the key to Lucy’s lost memories may lie just beyond the shoreline . . .

Format: Paperback
Ageband: from 9
Release Date: 04 Jul 2024
Pages: 448
ISBN: 978-0-00-863867-2
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.

”'Our national treasure . . . Hugely moving” - New Statesman

”'Please invite this wonderful story in, you won’t regret it. History is rarely more movingly alive” - Morris Gleitzman

”'A belter of a book that rivals War Horse in its cinematic storytelling” - Daily Telegraph

”A lovely, lovely story . . . Full of lyrical descriptions of landscape and island life, which make it a real pleasure to read . . . Absorbing” - The Bookbag

”Morpurgo returns to the First World War of his much-lauded War Horse in a beautifully crafted, multivoiced novel about the sinking of the Lusitania, the strength of family bonds, the vicissitudes of memory, and the fear and bigotry of neighbours . . . All the elements of the tale weave together both beautifully and dramatically. A poignant and life-affirming story from a master” - Kirkus Reviews

”'An emotional tale of wreck and recovery” - Publishers Weekly