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War. Adventure. Danger. A world in the grip of Hitler’s icy evil. A wintry tour de force from a true master. It’s 1940. A train is under attack from German fighter planes. Sheltering in the darkness of a railway tunnel, a stranger in a carriage tells Barney and his mum a story. And what a tale it is… The true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. A young soldier fighting in the First World War trenches, twenty years before. On the spur of the moment, he did what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to be the worst mistake of his life. Can he ever put things right?

  • The latest brilliant war novel by Michael Morpurgo
  • A must for fans of War Horse and Private Peaceful
  • Inspired by the true story of soldier Henry Tandey
  • A powerful story full of moral discussion points

Product Details

Catalogue number

5727 in Rewards Catalogue 2017/18







Date published

August 4th, 2016

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.2; Middle years; 3.0 points

Other details
  • 272 pages


UK edition



Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731


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