Good Books for Tough Times by Michael Morpurgo


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who's a Big Bully Then?

Author Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Joanna Carey
Reading age 7+
Interest level 7+

Review Although written for 8-12 year-olds who have problems with reading, this is a great story for able 7-8 year-olds to read for themselves.

It tells of how a boy beats the school bully in a race - and the bully then wants a fight. The hero devises a clever trick to play on him, but at the end gets quite a surprise himself.

An engaging book by a master story-teller, with a twist in the tale.

Publisher Barrington Stoke
Published 2001
Price £5.99
ISBN 9781842990179

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Shadow

Author Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator Christian Birmingham
Reading age 10+
Interest level 10+

Review Aman and his mother escape from Taliban brutality in Afghanistan, build a new life for themselves in Manchester, and are then seized in a dawn raid by immigration officials and told they’ll be sent back to Afghanistan.

Shadow is an army sniffer dog, a faithful spaniel who accompanies (or leads?) them on the first stage of their journey.

This is a story of injustice, friendship and the importance of standing up for what you believe in, even when all seems lost.  It’s an enthralling read and the illustrations are few but beautiful.

Publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books
Published 2010
Price £12.99
ISBN 9780007339594

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Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea

Author Michael Morpurgo
Reading age 10+
Interest level 10+

Review This wonderful story will inspire children who are growing up apart from their birth parents. 

Arthur Hobhouse was shipped to Australia with other orphans at the age of six and raised in terrible conditions.  Now, sixty years later and approaching the end of his life, he recalls good times as well as bad, and wonders about the sister whom he left behind in England.  He builds a boat and his daughter, Allie, sails off to find Auntie Kitty. 

Beautifully written, harrowing and heartwarming, this is a gripping read.

Publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books
Published 2007
Price £5.99
ISBN 9780007230587

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