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Michael can’t remember his father, who died in a Spitfire over the English Channel. And his mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn’t like to talk about him. But then Michael’s aunt gives him a medal and a photo which unravel a hidden story. A story of love, loss and secrets. A story that will change everything – and show Michael who he really is… Told with all of Michael Morpurgo’s skill and compassion, this new novel is a moving tale of identity, loss and the lingering legacy of war.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.1; Middle years; 3.0 points



UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731


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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 September 2015

    This book was Depressing!!!! I was engrossed and even shed a tear for it!!!! :’(

  2. Avatar lion 761782

    on 20 October 2014

    i think it is absolutely brilliant!

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar owl 761790

    on 12 May 2014

    great! I enjoyed it and would recommend it to people. The story line is really good.

    5out of 5
  4. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 9 March 2014

    It was a moving story, but again too much detail.

  5. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 7 March 2014

    I love michael morpurgo books, they stay with you forever, and this book was just fantastic

    4out of 5
  6. Avatar fairy 761766

    on 8 September 2013

    Loved it!!!!!!!!!:)

    5out of 5
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    on 9 March 2013

    This is great! One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It is so easy to see the pictures in your head of Michael looking across the fields.

  8. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 9 March 2013

    Great book!Love it!

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    on 8 March 2013


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    on 7 March 2013

    really cute

  11. Jane blonde 113694

    on 6 March 2013

    my friend says this book is amazing so you might want to try it

  12. Pirate2small 108060

    on 6 March 2013

    this book is ok

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    on 4 March 2013

    brilliant… One of my favourite books this year.

    5out of 5
  14. Bellasara 113282

    on 4 March 2013

    Spoiler Alert! This book is amazing, it has everything humour, happiness, sadness and grief.

    4out of 5
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    on 23 February 2013

    i love michle

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    on 19 February 2013

    This book is a real good book for people who like to read about the war.

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    on 13 November 2012

    This is one of my favourite Michael Morpurgo books! It has many unanswered questions about mysterious characters and places. I love the fact that most of the book is written by his aunt before she died as a letter to the main character Michael. Michael finds it in a weird place, to find out where he finds the letter you will have to read the book!

    I rate this book 20/10 as it is the best book I have read, it definitely does justice for black soldiers in war and it definitely shows Morpurgo’s writing skills!

    Ben, aged 12