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Eloise has always loved Joan of Arc. Noble, honest and brave, she was everything Eloise wishes to be. Then, one and bright sunny day in Orleans, Eloise has a very special daydream… Eloise is sucked into the world of her heroine, where she faces the monumental challenge of saving France from English invaders. Such a task comes at a cost, as Joan soon discovers. Despite this, with great courage and an unbreakable spirit, she must listen to her heart and lead armies to victory… From the critically acclaimed author of War Horse comes this magical retelling of a classic story.

“There are few children’s writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo.” Daily Express

“The former Children’s Laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers.” Guardian

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Date published

March 29th, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 6.0 points





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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  1. Pearl 113298

    on 8 March 2013


    5out of 5
  2. Jane blonde 113694

    on 6 March 2013

    i read few pages of this book but it seemed as an interesting book

  3. Ef owl thumb 8

    on 14 November 2012

    i love the book it is realy good book very em adventurist

    5out of 5
  4. Default avatar

    on 17 September 2012

    I really enjoyed this book, it was really good! I love Michael Morpurgo books, this book didn`t disappoint!. I liked this book because of the way that Michael Morpurgo describes the setting and character, I also love the fact that it starts off in modern France and moves into medieval France through the first couple of chapters and that the girl in modern France and Joan are very similar- similar appearance and both have a bird as pet! My favourite character is Eloise as she has an extreme devotion to Joan of Arc and even when she didn`t get the part of Joan in a parade, she still stayed strong! I rate this book 9/10, nobody could have told the story as good as Michael Morpurgo, nothing is missed out in the retelling and this is definitely a must read!

    Ben, aged 12