Author(s): Michael Morpurgo, O.B.E.
When a young boy gets a reputation for being naughty at school, he reacts by being the bad lad that everyone expects. Leaving school at fourteen, he becomes a thief and eventually ends up in Hollesley Prison. But Mr Alfie, the stable manager, decides to give the boy a chance, letting him look after the horses. It turns out that his skill with horses saves him from a life of crime: on leaving prison, he manages to get a job working with horses in the army, and eventually achieves his dream of becoming a drum major.
PUBLICATION JULY 2012
"A classic collaboration and a tale of redemption" The Bookseller "Morpurgo and Foreman weave an inspiring tale about what happens when someone is shown how to follow their dreams" Young Writer "Warm, thoughtful and beautifully illustrated" ReadingZone
A champion for readers, book lovers and storytelling, Michael Morpurgo is one of the great children's authors of our time. Children's Laureate (2003 - 05) and recipient of numerous awards and accolades, his skill for storytelling is unmatched. Ever since his mother ignited his passion for stories, Michael has been weaving tales with magical narratives and characters that engage, inspire and captivate his young readers. From War Horse to Private Peaceful each Morpurgo book is lovingly crafted and a joy to read. The rich collaboration between Michael Morpurgo and illustrator Michael Foreman, has produced many modern classics. When the two Michaels create a book together you know it will be a real gem.