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A Medal for Leroy (edition 2012)

by Michael Morpurgo

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Title:A Medal for Leroy
Authors:Michael Morpurgo
Info:HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 256 pages
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Michael experiences life-changing events when he discovers a secret letter hidden behind a photograph of a WW1 pilot. He learns about selfless sacrifice and family devotion. This book has been cataloged as Young Adult and Juvenile; but t'weens may have difficulty relating to some of the information. War is not the main theme of the book and there is minimal reference made about its history or details of the violence. It does, however, make a good human interest story. ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 18, 2014 |
I love Michael Morpurgo. He is a wonderful writer. I was captivated at once and sadly finished the book in a flash. I really wish it had lasted longer. A great choice for kids looking for an historical novel for their book report. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
A MEDAL FOR LEROY is a nice story but I have to say that the recommended guidelines given for it are more than a bit skewed.

For 10 year olds. Really?

I mean we have some really horrendous prejudice going on in this book, and there's a mother pretending that her baby belonged to someone else (who was killed), and people shacking up, and lying for decades; and I can't imagine that a 10 year old would be fascinated by this, nor that every parent would want to sit down and have to explain 'how these things happen'.

The story itself is one that adults and Young Adults should like. The setting isn't very well described so it really could have taken place at any time. And the story within a story really works for this tale.

A MEDAL FOR LEROY is very slow to start. The first 68 pages basically are used to describe Micheal's life with his mother, two aunts and their dog. But after that, the history gains momentum.

--I don't recommend it as a history supplement. There's really nothing that attaches the story the time frame covered, other than the specific mention of dates and the wars.
--It certainly could be used as the basis of a discussion of prejudice and how insidiously evil it is. ( )
  PamFamilyLibrary | Nov 18, 2013 |
Beautifully written book about a young boy who discovers, after his grandmother's death, the story of his grandparents and his father - none of whom he knew anything about. In the telling of the story, he discovers that his grandfather was a black man in the British forces during WWI and should have won a medal for bravery. He tries (and unfortunately, fails) to get his grandfather the medal he deserves. ( )
  kbarnes | Nov 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0007487517, Hardcover)

Inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army, this is a stunning new novel of identity and loss by Michael Morpurgo, biggest UK children's author and the bestselling, award-winning writer of War Horse, now a smash West End and Broadway hit as well as an Oscar-nominated movie. 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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The long awaited new novel of identity, loss and the lingering effects of war, from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo.

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