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Michael Morpurgo

Biography

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books. He is a three-time winner of the Prix Sorcière in France and has twice won the Red House Children's Book Award in England. In addition, has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Prize, and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. He has also been named the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, an award he helped to establish with the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to reward a lifetime contribution to children's literature and highlight the importance of the role of children's books. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2006 for services to literature. 

He has had a lifetime of involvement with children, as a teacher, as a father and grandfather and as the founder with his wife of "Farms for City Children," a charity that enables city kids to come and share his passionate love for the countryside in general and animals in particular.

Michael Morpurgo

Books by Michael Morpurgo

by Michael Morpurgo - Children (Ages 9-12), Children's, Fiction
When Michael’s aunt passes away, she leaves behind a letter that will change everything. Michael’s grandfather Leroy, a black officer in WWI charged into a battle zone not once but three times to save wounded men. His fellow soldiers insisted he deserved special commendations for his bravery but because of the racial barriers, he would go unacknowledged. Now it’s up to Michael to change that. 
by Michael Morpurgo - Fiction

In this sequel to WAR HORSE, Albert's son is an old man now. But he has a shameful secret he's kept to himself his whole life. As he comes to terms with the truth, he tells stories of the farm of his childhood --- his war hero dad, skipping school to help with the harvest, and of course the wonderful horses, Joey and Zoey.

written by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman - Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction

When Kaspar the cat first arrived at London’s Savoy Hotel, it was Johnny Trott who carried him in. But when tragedy befalls the Countess during her stay, Kaspar becomes more than Johnny’s responsibility: Kaspar is Johnny’s new cat, and his new best friend.

by Michael Morpurgo - Historical Fiction

Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears - thin and war-ravaged - in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow, and that's what Aman decides to call her. But life in Afghanistan becomes more dangerous by the moment. Eventually, Aman, his mother and Shadow find the courage to embark upon the treacherous journey from war-torn Afghanistan to the safely of a relative's home in Manchester, England. But how far can Shadow lead them? And in this terrifying new world, is anywhere really safe...?

by Michael Morpurgo - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult 9+

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France.