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Michael Morpurgo

After being involved in the development of the role following a discussion with Ted Hughes, Michael Morpurgo was named Children's Laureate between 2003 and 2005. The bestselling author of "War Horse", Private Peaceful and Kensuke's Kingdom, Morpurgo's books cover themes of wartime, animals and friendship. Born in St Albans in 1943, Michael Morpurgo has written over 120 books and War Horse has been adapted into both a long-running West End play and a Hollywood blockbuster by director Steven Spielberg.



Michael Morpurgo Books

  • Michael Morpurgo Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780007974603 - Michael Morpurgo
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    Former Children's Laureate and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo writes heartfelt and poignant stories based around animals and wartime and this collection brings together 12 of his most beloved books.

    His bestsellers Born to Run, Shadow and Private Peaceful are among the bestsellers featured in this collection. Suitable for children aged 9 and over, these page-turners feature moments of triumph and tragedy, kindness and cruelty and heroism and heartbreak.

    Exceptionally written, these heart-warming books explore the power of humanity in all its forms and our love for animals and will introduce so many important themes.

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  • Michael Morpurgo Audio Collection - 28 CDs - Audio - 9780007958054 - Michael Morpurgo
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    With 10 unabridged stories across 28 CDs and an approximate running time of 29 hours, this collection of audiobooks from Michael Morpurgo is full of simply wonderful stories.

    Including the likes of Private Peaceful, Born to Run and War Horse - the book that inspired both the long-running West End play and blockbuster film directed by Steven Spielberg - these are wonderful stories that will be listened to over and over again. The whole family will be captivated on long journeys.

    The books are read by a host of actors and celebrities including Derek Jacobi, Jenny Agutter, Luke Treadaway and even Michael himself!

    Format: CD (unabridged) Please note that the audio is non-transferable and must be played on a device suitable for CDs.

    CDs in this collection:
    War Horse (Discs 1-3), The Butterfly Lion (Discs 1-2), Kaspar (Discs 1-2), Private Peaceful (Discs 1-4), Farm Boy, Born to Run (Discs 1-3), Kensuke's Kingdom (Discs 1-3), Shadow (Discs 1-3), An Elephant in the Garden (Discs 1-4), The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Discs 1-3)
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    War Horse author Michael Morpurgo teams up with Cats Ahoy! illustrator Jim Field for this charming Christmas picture book.

    Every Christmas, Mia and her family read a letter from her Grandpa that fondly recalls his favourite memories and asks her (and everyone else!) to continue to care for and protect our precious world.

    A vital and timely story with a powerful message about the way we treat our environment.
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    In War Horse, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo allows readers to understand the horror of the First World War by recounting the experiences of a farm horse who is commandeered to join the front line.

    The unbeatable storytelling skills of Michael Morpurgo make War Horse a stunning, unputdownable tale that won't fail to move all readers from 9+.

    As Steven Spielberg's epic film version gained a whole new audience for this stunning novel, there's never been a better time to read the book.
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    Former Children's Laureate and a huge favourite, Michael Morpurgo won the Red House Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom, a book which tells the tale of a young boy who is washed overboard while sailing the world with his family. Michael wakes up to find himself alone on a desert island in the Pacific, or so he assumes...

    This poignant and sensitive story deals with bravery, friendship and sacrifice and is an unforgettable page-turner of an adventure. Readers from 9+ will be enthralled by this moving, bittersweet tale.
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    The Butterfly Lion by award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo is a powerful tale that is guaranteed to capture its young readers' hearts.

    At the centre of the story is a moving friendship between a young boy and an orphaned lion cub, but the novel also raises issues of bullying through the experiences of the present day narrator Michael.

    Winner of the Smarties Book Prize, this is a sensitive story that Morpurgo fans aged five and over will absolutely love.
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    The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author-and-illustrator team of Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman.

    In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat it. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature.

    Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this is a perfect introduction to a famous tale.
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    Kaspar Prince of Cats is written by the best-loved author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. This story is a gripping read, focusing on the touching relationship between a boy and an aristocratic cat as they set off for a fateful journey on the Titanic. Michael Foreman's stunning illustrations make this a lovely book to share and read aloud.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Michael Morpurgo's novel, Private Peaceful, swoops the reader's emotions up and down in this stirring story of a soldier caught up in the horrors of the First World War.

    Although the story takes place in the space of just one night, there's a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows in store as Tommo recounts anecdotes from his childhood and relives nightmare experiences of fighting in the trenches.

    Private Peaceful won the Red House Children's Book Award and is an essential read for children aged nine and above who are learning about the First World War and how it affected ordinary lives.

    Readers who enjoy Private Peaceful may also like Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian.
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    Running Wild, by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, tackles some big, contemporary issues including the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest and illegal animal trafficking.

    At the centre of the story is a boy's heart-warming friendship with an elephant who saves his life and a group of orphaned baby orang-utans who see him as a surrogate mother. Readers aged 9 and over will love this adventure story, although there are some sad themes.
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    Young readers love reading the works of Michael Morpurgo and this illustrated edition of The Castle in the Field will be no exception. In this story for children aged 5 plus, the former Children's Laureate and War Horse author tells the story of Chris, Lisa, Tom and their secret hide-out.

    The trio spend their days in this special place in the Castle, an old WWII pill-box. But the Castle is on the miserly Old Rafferty's land - and he hates kids. Soon Chris, Lisa and Tom are in trouble when they're locked in...

    Especially designed for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), this is a very exciting story that will work as a wonderful introduction to Michael Morpurgo.
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    Michael Morpurgo offers his take on the classic Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    Sir Gawain is King Arthur's greatest night and he finds himself battling the Green Knight in a challenge that strikes fear and dread into Arthur's court...

    This is a thrilling and enchanting read about an incredible quest.
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    Tomas hates school, hates books and hates stories. Forced to visit the library, he stops to listen to magical tales that the Unicorn Lady spins. These tales draw him in and are about to change the course of his life for ever...Set against the backdrop of war-torn Europe, "I Believe in Unicorns" explores the power of stories to transform lives. Produced in association with the Unicorn Theatre, the first purpose-built professional theatre for children in the UK, located on London's South Bank.
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    Michael Morpurgo, winner of countless awards, has created a poignant tale inspired by the experiences of English orphans transported to Australia after WWII. The book is in two parts, the first covering Arthur's experiences as, aged 6, he leaves everything behind for a new life in Australia and the second, his daughter Allie's adventures as she sets sail for England. An uplifting tale that deals with the strength of family ties.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Part of the Little Gems series of Michael Morpurgo books, Snug tells the poignant story of Lisa and her beloved cat.

    Everywhere Lisa goes, her cat Snug follows. But as he grows older, he spends more time away from home and one night he comes home all beaten up - and then he disappears.

    Especially designed for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), this is an illustrated story about animals and friendship from the former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse and Private Peaceful.
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    When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his Snowman again - and to his amazement, the Snowman comes to life... This special tale of true Christmas magic will bring everyone's favourite childhood festive character to a brand new audience.
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    Why the Whales Came is an exciting adventure and friendship story by much-loved, award-winning author Michael Morpurgo.

    Gracie and her friend, Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then, they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought.

    They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don't know whether to believe the birdman's story that the island is cursed.

    Set on a remote island against the backdrop of World War I, this story will captivate and delight young readers.
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    Read by Derek Jacobi and Michael Morpurgo Set on a farm in rural Devon, this is a collection of Grandpa's reminiscences and stories as told to his grandson. Grandpa's nature and his touching relationship with the boy is evoked superbly by Michael Morpurgo's writing. This two-voice read brings the characters to life as the story of Grandpa's 'shame' (the fact that he cannot read and write) unfolds. Derek Jacobi is sensitive and compelling in the role of Grandpa, inspiring a true sense of achievement and triumph as he finally tells his own story in his own words.
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    A charming series of adventures for younger readers, featuring a family of all sorts of animals that live in the farmyard behind the tumble-down barn on Mudpuddle Farm... Six fantastic stories in one volume! Mossop's Last Chance: "There's mice in my barley sacks, there's rats in my roof and now there's mice in the corn bin. This time I've had enough. If you aren't up to the job, you will have to go." Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep - and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance... Albertine, Goose Queen: A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond - at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her... Jigger's Day Off: Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best made plans can go wrong... Pigs Might Fly!: It's a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It's time he learned his lesson... Martians at Mudpuddle Farm: Have Martians landed on Mudpuddle Farm? Farmer Rafferty seems to think so. Now it's up to Albertine, Goose Queen, to work it out. Luckily she's the cleverest goose in the whole world, so if anyone knows what to do, she will... Mum's the Word: Something strange is going on at Mudpuddle Farm. Egbert the goat is not himself at all. Instead of grumbling, he's singing and dancing! And he's even greedier than usual...
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    Friend or Foe is a gripping World War II story from Britain's best-loved children's author, Michael Morpurgo.

    Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace.

    When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David's life... Friend or Foe is one of the most popular war stories for children today.

    Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, demonstrates why he is considered to be the master storyteller with this fascinating World War II story.
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    Award-winning War Horse author Michael Morpurgo retells some of his favourite Aesop's fables in this fun collection.

    Beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, of I Love You Blue Kangaroo fame, the stories include The Hare and The Tortoise, Town Mouse and Country Mouse and The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.

    Perfect for reading aloud, each simple story has a gentle message little bookworms can learn from.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    The city of Leicester has had a remarkable few years with the discovery of the remains of Richard III in a car park and then the football team's fairy tale Premier League victory in 2016.

    Now War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has combined these incredible events in one stunning story. The Fox and the Ghost King follows a leash of football-loving foxes who are fed up with watching their team always lose. Just as they think things will never improve, Daddy Fox finds the ghost of a king buried under a car park...

    This king only wishes to be free and makes a deal with Daddy Fox. If he can be free, the king will grant his greatest wish. Will things change for the footy-loving foxes? This exciting story covers recent history in a way that only the former Children's Laureate can.
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    A stunning new classic from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo for readers of 9+, in the vein of PRIVATE PEACEFUL and THE BUTTERFLY LION This is a landmark new novel from the nation's favourite storyteller, set in the unique landscape of the Camargue in the South of France during WW2. There, a young autistic boy lives on his parents' farm among the salt flats, and the flamingos that live there. There are lots of things he doesn't understand: but he does know how to heal animals. He loves routine, and music too: and every week he goes to market with his mother, to ride his special horse on the town carousel. But then the Germans come, with their guns, and take the town. A soldier shoots a flamingo from the sky, and it falls to earth terribly injured. And even worse is to come: the carousel is damaged, the horses broken. For this vulnerable boy, everything is falling apart. Only there's a kind sergeant among the Germans - a man with a young boy of his own at home, a man who trained as a carpenter. Between them, perhaps boy and man can mend what has been broken - and maybe even the whole town...
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    This Morning I Met a Whale is a touching and powerful tale from Michael Morpurgo, the bestselling author of War Horse.

    The book is based on the true story of a bottle-nosed whale which was stranded in the river Thames and it delivers a powerful environmental message through the character of young Michael, who strives against the odds to rescue the whale.

    Stunning illustrations by Christian Birmingham add to the impact this book will have on readers young and old.