Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army. A new novel about identity and loss by bestselling award-winning author of WAR HORSE. Michael doesn't remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn't like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss. A story that will change everything - and reveal to Michael who he really is...
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Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include 'Shadow', 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Little Manfred'. 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.From Booklist:
Morpurgo, author of War Horse (2007), returns with another middle-grade historical drama. Londoner Michael doesn’t know much about his grandfather Leroy, who died in WWI as one of the rare black members of the RAF. There is a mystery surrounding Leroy that even Michael’s mother cannot explain. Then he receives a belated gift—a framed photograph of Leroy. This photo, however, contains a secret that, for the first time ever, will tell the forgotten tale of this brave soldier. Here the narrative shifts to a letter that takes us back to WWI, and it’s a large chunk of pages, which does slow the book’s momentum. It’s a fine story, though, even if Leroy’s goodness is a bit too perfect to be believed. In fact, the entire book is squeaky-clean, which may make some eyes roll, even while being that warm, gentle read that others savor. Regardless, readers will be moved by Michael’s plan to reverse an old unfairness—because he was black, Leroy never got his medal, but that’s about to change. Grades 3-5. --Daniel Kraus
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Book Description HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 2012. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780007363582
Book Description HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 2012. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007363583