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A spellbinding animal story from War Horse author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo.

Bullied at school, nagged in Aunty May’s tenth-floor council flat, there’s only one place ten-year-old Billy really feels alive – in the wilderness by the canal. There he watches a cygnet on the water and protects a family of fox cubs. Then his secret place is discovered and the fox family decimated. Unwanted and unloved, Billy and the last fox run for their lives …

A gripping and poignant animal adventure from the master storyteller of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden.


Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children’s authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke’s Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the “poverty of experience… many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories. He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. “For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out – the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers.” Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.

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Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781405233392

Publisher

Farshore

Date published

May 16th, 2017

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AR book level: 5.8; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 208 pages

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Author/Illustrator

Michael Morpurgo

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  1. wanda1
    on 10 March 2014

    amazing story its about adobted foxes [fox i mean ] got to go dinnear is ready

    5out of 5
  2. Emerald5
    on 20 October 2013

    Its a really heart breaking when the foxes were killed. Thats such a horrible thing to do. But luckily Billy rescued the last fox cub. A really nice story. I rate it 5 stars. I really reccomend this story to you. Love it!

    5out of 5
  3. bouncybunny
    on 9 March 2013

    This book is so sad I was really upset when the foxes werekilled I was so glad for billy when he got really close to the fox this ok is really well wrote and a fantastic book to read

  4. Mad4ponies
    on 6 April 2010

    This book is so good but quite sad. Billy gets so close to the fox, it is very touching. It has a kind of happy and sad ending but it is worth reading. i give this book 5 stars definetely!! =]

    5out of 5
  5. Africa1626
    on 3 February 2010

    Reading this book was so sad but delightful.

    5out of 5