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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. So 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, that opportunity may just have come along… Illustrated by Michael Foreman, this heart-lifting new story explores the power of true friendship and the futility of war.

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Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731

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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    on 14 March 2014

    it is a brilliant book i’d read it over and over again and i have read it more than once so good best book good for ages 8-12

    5out of 5
  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 9 March 2014

    i loved this book

    5out of 5
  3. Bellasara 113282

    on 9 March 2013

    A well written story by Michael Morpurgo.

    4out of 5
  4. Petula 113689

    on 22 November 2012

    soooooooooooooooo cute

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    on 8 November 2012

    AMAZING one of morpurgos best written stories and certanily my favroite i love it hope he will write more!!!

    5out of 5
  6. Bellasara 113282

    on 20 May 2012

    i loved this book it is so touching and when i started reading i couldnt stop i recommend you read this it is a 5 star rating!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  7. Avatar owl 761790

    on 12 May 2012

    A great fictional book told by 2 prisoners of war. This story is very moving and its not boring at all it tells the story in a great way. This has excellent illustrations! Great for boys and girls over 8 :)

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    on 16 December 2011

    This book is AMAZING! Its touching and makes me feel amazing!

    5out of 5
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    on 5 September 2011

    This book is about two friends, Walter and Manfred, who are crew aboard the German ship Bismark. When it sinks they are caught by the English and became prisdoners of war.

    My favourite character was Charley because she was asking loads of questions, thus answering questions I wanted to know the answers of.

    I rate this book infinite/ infinite, a great story that flew by!

    Ben, age 11

    5out of 5