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Books by Michael Morpurgo

A Medal for Leroy

Some might say that Michael Morpurgo is the nation's storyteller. A titan of literature, children all over the planet love and devour his books.

The BookTrust President and former Children's Laureate has written quite a few stories - so here are just a few to start reading first. Trust us - you'll end up wanting to read them all...

  • War Horse

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Francois Place

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • War Horse

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Francois Place

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Steven Spielberg enjoyed this story so much, he turned into a film. Joey is a young farm horse, sold to the army at the beginning …

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  • Private Peaceful

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Private Peaceful

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    Set during World War I, Private Peaceful charts eight hours in the life of Tommo, a young soldier at the Front.

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  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7-11

    Reading age: 7+

    Powerful illustrations underline this captivating tale of loyalty and bravery.

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  • A Medal for Leroy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • A Medal for Leroy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 8+

    A moving story of love, loss and discovering your identity, inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in …

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  • All I Said Was

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Ross Collins

    Interest level: 3+

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  • All I Said Was

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Ross Collins

    Interest level: 3+

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    One of an innovative series of dyslexia-friendly picture books which feature accessible fonts, strong contrast, good spacing and u…

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  • The Fox and the Ghost King

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Fox and the Ghost King

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    This sweet story weaves Morpurgo's effortless storytelling with ancient and very recent history: Leicester City's win of the Premi…

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  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    This is a beautifully written tale of an exceptional friendship which survives beyond the boundaries of culture and language.

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  • From Hereabout Hill

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • From Hereabout Hill

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    The stories encompass themes of life, death, friendship, love and revenge and each is preceded by a short paragraph explaining the…

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  • The Mozart Question

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The Mozart Question

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Reporter Lesley is told she can ask world-renowned violinist Paolo anything about his life and career as a musician, but on no acc…

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  • Farm Boy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Farm Boy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    Rich with historical detail and beautifully illustrated, this is a touching and inspirational portrayal of farming life and famili…

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  • Shadow

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Shadow

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    This is a candid exploration of the injustices of war, at home and away, and an unflinching account of the treatment of asylum see…

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  • Dolphin Boy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Dolphin Boy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 6+

    After Jim helps save a beached dolphin, 'Smiler' returns whenever called to take Jim for a ride on his back out to sea.

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  • Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Helen Stephens

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Helen Stephens

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 6+

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo brings all of his trademark warmth into this sweet tale of a little donkey who is down in the …

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  • Not Bad for a Bad Lad

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Not Bad for a Bad Lad

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    A grandfather explaining to his grandson how his difficult post-war childhood had led him into petty crime.

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  • In The Mouth of the Wolf

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Barroux

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • In The Mouth of the Wolf

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Barroux

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 8+

    An elderly man remembers a life full of loss and bravery as a member of the Resistance in Nazi-occupied France. This is a deeply m…

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  • The Sleeping Sword

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Sleeping Sword

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    Like Michael Morpurgo's other stories, this is a convincing and compelling tale that illustrates beautifully the value of friendsh…

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  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    A spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations …

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  • Of Lions and Unicorns

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Of Lions and Unicorns

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 10+

    A variety of short stories and extracts from Michael Morpurgo, 'The Nation’s Favourite Storyteller’ are collected in t…

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  • An Eagle in the Snow

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • An Eagle in the Snow

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    Stuck on a train, a boy listens to a stranger’s story about one moment that could have stopped World War II. A thought-provoking s…

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  • We Are Not Frogs!

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Sam Usher

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • We Are Not Frogs!

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Sam Usher

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Alice and Jago are playing in granny's garden one day when they find lots of toads in the long grass. Michael Morpurgo's lovely na…

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  • Mister Skip

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Griff

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Mister Skip

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Griff

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    Although Jackie looks after Gran's tatty old donkey, Barnaby, she longs to have her own horse like the local boys. And when she fi…

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