When we were recently asked by the lovely people at Harper Collins for the children to review the newest literary offering by Michael Morpurgo and I was delighted to accept as we are massive fans of his in this family and I knew it would not disappoint them. If you do not know of Michael, he has written many books for children, five of which have been made into films..probably the most well known being War Horse.
I actually intended for Charlie (10) to read this book first but Chloe (13) picked it up and read it in just a few days, I then read it (and actually I think it's an amazing book for adults as well as children) and Charlie then had his turn..and we all loved it! This story follows a young soldier in World War I who makes a decision that could have possibly diverted the course of history, and it is a story based on true events. This trailer gives you a great idea of what an amazing story it is, and after reading it you will want to delve further into the history behind this tale, and really makes you think "What if?!". It's really hard to write a review without giving too much away, so all we'd like to say is if you're a Morpurgo fan, or even if you're not and are just on the look out for a new book for either your pre-teens upwards or yourself, then give it a go.
Chloe said "I loved all the descriptions of England during the war, I think it's really interesting as History is my favourite subject at school. Billy was my favourite character."
Charlie said "I really liked that there were pictures in the book and I like learning about soldiers lives during the war. The story made me think about lots of different things."
You can buy it here on Amazon or I've got a copy to giveaway right here! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below by this time next week to have your copy with you in time for Christmas.
Find out more about Michael Murpurgo's work on his website.