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Product Description

In the Imperial War Museum is a carved wooden Dachshund, made by a German prisoner of war. This is the incredible story of how it got there…

When the battleship Bismarck sinks in 1941, young sailor Walter is one of the only German survivors. He is taken aboard a British ship as a prisoner of war, and sent to live with a host family in England. Now Walter must adapt to a new way of life in the heart of an enemy country. Gradually, though, he finds a firm friend in ten-year-old Grace, the family’s daughter. When the time finally comes for Walter to go back to Germany, he leaves Grace a carved wooden dog to remember him by. The question is – will Walter and Grace ever meet again? In 1966, when the World Cup comes to Britain, their chance may have come… Illustrated by Michael Foreman, this heart-lifting story explores the power of friendship and the futility of war.

“[Morpurgo] really is a master at this sort of thing; not a word is wasted.” The Telegraph

“This is a very touching, absorbing story vividly bringing events to life.” Primary Times

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780007491636

Publisher

HarperCollins

Date published

January 3rd, 2013

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years; 2.0 points

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Author/Illustrator

Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller, weaving captivating stories full of drama and intensity that are coming to be regarded as true classics. Exploring the most profound subjects with a light yet powerful touch, his books tell unforgettable stories in simple, direct words.

Michael Morpurgo discovered his talent for writing while working as a teacher. “We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.”

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about 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 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.”

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    thunderball72
    on 9 March 2013

    Great book!Love it!

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    Nashdasher
    on 7 March 2013

    A very touching story you really feel for the boy

    4out of 5
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    Helloioioi
    on 7 March 2013

    this book looks great

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    xxChocolateBoxGirlxx
    on 7 March 2013

    Amazing all the way, one of the best books ever that ive read, I love it! :D

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    Paradise56
    on 6 March 2013

    amazing book you can actually feel the feeling of the boy

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    natashakrywald
    on 6 March 2013

    worth reading. very good and well written

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    samcharlie123
    on 5 March 2013

    Another fantastic book by Micheal Morpurgo.

    Well worth a read. :)

    5out of 5