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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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A weeper about family secrets, inspired by the fact there was only one black officer to serve in the British Army in WW1. Michael grows up without his father, who died in WW2. His only connections to him are his mother and two elderly aunties. But years after Auntie Snowdrop's death, Michael finds a letter to him from her that explains much more about who his father was and the real story of their family history. The prose is lyrical and unassuming, and yet the story is rich with complexity. I actually have difficulty seeing it as written for children but the themes of love, family and identity are presented in a way they would understand. Lovely, but hard to place except maybe in the hands of gifted readers. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Another great historical novel from Michael Morpurgo, this one inspired by the life of Walter Tull the first black officer to serve in the British Army in the First World War. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
A touching book about the importance of family and how the knowledge of family can help shape you. I liked how Morpurgo tied the father and son together even though neither had known the other. I think that middle schoolers might be less impressed with the book than I was. They probably will not know much, if anything, about the two wars, but they might be able to understand the racial issues. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Feb 10, 2015 |
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 |
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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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