An Eagle in the Snow
Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Barney is on a train with his mother when a siren sounds and the journey grinds to a halt. Sitting in the darkness, a stranger in their cabin offers to tell the true story of a highly decorated World War I soldier, who had a chance to kill a young Adolf Hitler - but let him go.
Barney is held rapt by the man's story of his old friend's life, but how does the stranger know so many personal details? And why does he feel compelled to share this story now?
This short but immersive novel has some classic illustrations from Michael Foreman, which could help get this book into the hands of some reluctant readers. The text is short and easy to read but no less descriptive or spellbinding for it.
A thought-provoking story that young history enthusiasts will especially welcome.
Winner of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Children’s Book Award 2017.
Sir Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include Listen to the Moon, A Medal for Leroy and Shadow. His novel War Horse has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.
Children's Laureate 2003-2005
Michael Foreman’s numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world’s leading illustrators. He has worked with Terry Jones on his previous titles and also writes and illustrates his own books, including War Boy and War Game, which won the Kate Greenaway and Smarties prize respectively. Michael is also the illustrator for many of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling books, including Not Bad for a Bad Lad.
What you thought...
fab book it is really good i love it
annaleigh, 03 June 2017
I liked this book very much because the story is truly fascinating I love it very much. I recommend it, its a story about a soldier telling his previous story about WW2 I wasn't into that stuff but this book was truly amazing.
Caitlyn, 12 May 2017
I liked this book a lot because it created tension a lot of the time which made me enjoy it more. I was kind of expecting something big to happen at the end so I was a bit disappointed that nothing did. I loved the story and it taught me some history as well. Would definitely recommend!
Charlotte, 27 April 2017
An eagle in the snow is a good book but I very sad. It is a book based on a true story and its about world war 2. The book is set in the year 1940. Barney and his nan are on a train but german fighters on a plain try to shoot them. They hide in a tunnel. A man tells them a story about his friend , Billy Byron. He had a chance to end the war before it began! I think this book is good for any ages because its easy to follow and you always want to find out what happened next
Caitlyn, 05 March 2017
I enjoyed this book alot it was action packed and very suspenseful. it was about a man on a train who had won many awards telling some stories to a boy with a brokennarm and his mum.
sam, 27 February 2017
Micheal Morpurgos books are amazing and i read the Eagle in the Snow.I thought this was a thrilling book and there was a lot of tension.I liked the bit where the boy (Barney)found out who the man actually was.To me this was a massive surprise and made me want to read the rest of the book to find out what happened.
Joshua, 23 February 2017
good book, realy interesting, all his books are told in a good way
zaima, 08 February 2017
I enjoyed the Michael Morpurgo book 'An Eagle In The Snow' due to its comparison between both WW.The story of a young man who saved millions but when it came down to his final victim , a young Adolf Hitler , he let him live leaving the lives of millions gone.Verging on the edge of your seats is how i describe it through all the action packed fighting.However after the war i believe the books description came through but the action was gone.Then finally the man remembered his actions and fl...
Miles, 07 February 2017
I thought the book was interesting because it talks about World War 2 and how a little boy and his ma was on the train and there was a man who was telling him a story abouit his friend who was in the war fighting . I enjoyed the book and found sad how the mans friend wanted to go back to the war but could not as he had to many injuries
bailey, 31 January 2017
I picked this book because I love reading Michael morpurgo books they are all manly war theamed but this book is amazing bayst on a true story
coby, 31 January 2017
i found it interesting when the man tried to stop the world from war 2 but he makes an mistake
kelsey, 31 January 2017
this book is amazing and it is about a person telling stories to barney about his world one experience in the first world war and about one of his friends called billy. this is the best book in the world!!!!!
Stanislaw, 25 January 2017
Eagle in the Snow is a very sad story but a nice read. I definitely would read a book like that again. My favourite character was Billy. I liked the ending of the book because it was unexpected but the beginning was very intriguing. I found it quiet hard to find a part when the action started but then the book was very enjoyable. I chose the eagle in the snow because I use to read Michael Morpurgo.
Rebecca, 24 January 2017
I really enjoyed this book, it is a very powerful book from one of the best authers . I choose this book because I like to read Michael Morpurgo and i like history. This book is inspired by a real story of a man who could have stopped World War 2 it is about a great story that he experinced in the First World War. It is a very good book that is set in WW1 and WW2 it is about an amazing story told by a stranger, Barney ( the main charecter ) and his mum experience while a plane is trying to...
tom, 18 January 2017
Michael Morpurgo's fascinating book, Eagle in the Snow, had me captivated from the first line. It is about a young boy and his mother who get trapped in their house and get rescued from an air raid in 1940. My favourite part of the book was when the retired soldier was telling the little boy, Barney about the soldier Billy Byron, an inspiration to all young boys who want to be like him. One weakness was that the write was a little to big for me but the story and the language made up for it...
Lakshmi, 14 January 2017
This book is very well detailed, its story is taken back in world war 2 and the description definitely will make you want to read more. There's a lot of parts in the story that makes you go "wow how did that happen". If you like story's that are about adventure, mystery's or history then this book is for you.
Michael, 11 January 2017
Has anything ever taken something away from you? Maybe an event? Maybe a person? Well Barney, the main character, has had the same thing happen to him when a German fighter plane bombed his house. This is a good book but the thing that will make you jump is when this young boy has a chance to stop WW2 (World War 2) but it might be reverse-phycology. I fell like if you like books with adventure and history, then your lucky because now this book is everywhere and is popular.
Diego, 11 January 2017
this book is really interesting especially how I love history books. ( I just fond out its a true story)
israel, 11 January 2017
Its Outstanding the story hooks me in. And the fact that one soldier can prevent WW2 is fascinating
Brian, 10 January 2017
This books is amazing, but really intense, its really interesting. How one person can stop WW2, because he has a chance to kill Hitler if I was that person I would be really scared but happy because I am helping everybody imagine how much respect you would get for that. I love Eagle In The Snow its one of the best books I've ever read.
Jamiee, 10 January 2017
What would you do if you could change the world? Well Bobby Bryon did he could of stopped war then and then, but he didn't. In my opinion this book is great for somebody who loves history, love and action. I loved how Michael Morpurgo built up the suspense and then dropped a massive bomb shell. I would definitely recommend to my friends and family. THANK YOU BOOKBUZZ!!!!!
Alfie, 09 January 2017
This story is so moving and makes you surprised that Billy’s story was based on a true story. The way it’s written makes you feel like you are there and its happening. I like the way it’s a story in a story and the surprise at the end is really amazing. My favourite characters are Barney because he is an inquisitive and listening boy and the sounds really nice. I feel sorry for him, because of what he is going through. My other favourite character is Billy, because he is ...
Isabel, 08 January 2017
I chose this book from previous experiences from reading Michael Morpurgo it is set in the war time when Hitler was invading belgium the main character is a man called billy and the book is set on a true story this is one of the best books i have read by Michael Morpurgo but this book is also quite sad. thank you book buzz!
sienna, 08 January 2017
i Got this book and it was incredible and i enjoyed this so much and its very good how your making kids learn more about books i recommend this to anyone because it realy helps you if your struggling to read books and teaches kids more how to read books and thats what is good about books you can go into your mind and kids have a big mind thats what is good i rate this five stars and recommend this to people who love to read books Thanks BookBuzz
michael, 07 January 2017
The reason I chose 'An eagle in the snow' is because Michael Morpurgo has amazed and inspired me from a very young age. An eagle in the snow is just one of his many books that I would recommend to all interested in war, adventure and history. The book has good illustrations and an even better story line, every chapter gave me a question, which was only answered at the very end of the book. I have read it three times now and it still thrills me to do so. I would recommend this book to all a...
Ben, 15 December 2016
I like this book because I like the way that they are in war and then to keep them going in the train they tell stories to pass time and the way that soldier who appeared through the smoke was Adolf Hitler. that is why it said a moment which could of changed the world!
Philip, 15 December 2016
Michael Morpurgo never disappoints, his books are always good and this one is great. It covers both WW1 and WW2 and is about a man who could have killed Hitler and didn't. It is part adventure part mystery with a brilliant unexpected ending. I would recommend this book it is a must read.
Ahmed, 14 December 2016
The book is about a soldier in WW1 who had the opportunity to kill Hitler but didn't and was so sorry when he realised what he had done by letting him live. It is based on a true story. It has a wonderful mystery ending, I loved it as much as Private Peaceful by the same author.
Mariam, 14 December 2016
I chose An Eagle in the Snow because I love Michael Morpurgo books. I was not disappointed with this book it is a great read with a wonderful twist at the end.
Amelia, 14 December 2016
I really enjoyed reading "An Eagle in the Snow". It's a sad and mysterious book set in World War Two, it's about a true story of a young soldier who fights for his country and saves the lives of numerous soldier's. He also saves a German solider which he thinks is the right thing to do but it turns out to be one of the worst mistakes of human history. An amazing book that brought a tear to my eye.
Sam, 06 December 2016
When I read this book I absolutely loved it. I kept reading it over and over. Thank you for the book.
Kady, 04 December 2016
An Eagle in the snow by Micheal Morpurgo is definitely the book to read if you're interested in world war books (like me !!!). This book is the best book you could ever read its so breathtaking and makes you want to read on. I'm so happy I got the chance to get to read this book, else I wouldn't of thought of reading it otherwise. This book is amazing I give it five stars and recommend this book to people who love reading about the past!!! THANK YOU BOOKBUZZ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alana, 03 December 2016
it was amazing
lewis, 28 November 2016
Hello my name is Joshua and I am 11 years old. I have read about one third of the book so far and I love all of the bits that I have read. I think this is a great book because the title ‘An eagle in the snow’ gets people’s attention to read the book. Inside the book is great because it has lots of twists and turns in the throughout it which makes it really exciting. The story is based in 1940. It is about a young boy called Barney, he and his Nan were on a train to escape to the countryside. ...
Joshua, 23 November 2016
I found this book amazing full of action and packed full off information and even better it is based on a true story. I won't tell you about it because of spoilers but do please read it %100 recommend!
Dan, 21 November 2016
So far it is really fascinating and interesting thank you to bookbuzz x
Amy, 18 November 2016
Another amazing book from Micheal morpurgo
Haris, 17 November 2016
This is one of my favourite books and is a sad, mystery, descriptive and a good book. I would recommend this to someone who loves history, mystery and hope...
Owen, 20 October 2016
It is a good book
Nicole, 11 October 2016
It's an adventure story based on a true story who took place World War II.
Tudor, 07 October 2016
I want to see if it is good quality
dominic, 06 October 2016