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A Medal for Leroy

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I recommend this book to girls and boys from 8-12. You may find the book a little easy, but it is a fantastic book.

A Medal for Leroy by Michael Morpurgo | Waterstones

As Michael Morpurgo explains in an article in The Telegraph, it was his friend and illustrator, Michael Foreman, who helped to sow the seeds for Medal For Leroy.If you're reading this at all, Michael, then it means you've found my little writing pad behind the photo of your papa, just as I intended you to... Read it again from time to time as you get older...I am sure that as we grow up, we do become more able to understand ourselves and other people as little better...I am sure you will become more understanding and forgiving as the years pass. I hope so, because I'm sure that it's only in forgiving that it's only in forgiving that we find real peace of mind"(61). He was not who he thought he was nor were his Aunts who he thought they were. A moving story, and sad - I was on the edge of tears at points - but flowing from loss and injustice come gain, something of worth, understanding, and an affirmation of our humanity.

A Medal for Leroy – Comprehension Questions - Scholastic Kids A Medal for Leroy – Comprehension Questions - Scholastic Kids

I thought that this book was brilliantly written, it identifies topics like racism, family, heritage and the war. All these topics are important for children to learn about, we wouldn't be us if we did not know where we came from. Nor would we be where we are today if it were not for the brave soldiers who fought in the war to save our country. History, and Michael’s life as he knows it, is about to change dramatically in this touching tale that encompasses wider issues of prejudice as well as a personal quest for identity. I read this book for pure nostalgia as this was one of my son's favourite writers as a child. I have so many fond memories of browsing bookshop shelves with my son for the latest Morpurgo novels to take home and read together. A writer that brings history and people to life and who ensures the past will not be forgotten by the younger generation. A writer that doesn't sugar coat the facts when it comes to war and its injustices for his young audiences and yet manages to reveal just enough information appropriate for the age group he is writing for. Tull’s exceptional talent for football and his cool gallantry in battle are recognisable qualities in the character of Leroy. As ever, Morpurgo's warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope. - Amanda Craig, The TimesAs ever, Morpurgo's warmth and humanity suffuse a story of courage, love and hope.” - Amanda Craig, The Times Tull’s failure to receive a well-deserved Military Cross in honour of his World War One heroics appealed to Michael’s fondness for representing injustice in his writing, and the ‘medal’ becomes an important motif for the soldier Leroy’s forgotten bravery in the novel. It is a few years after the war has ended and young Michael (not the author) is growing up in London, living with his French mother Christine. All he knows about his father is that his name was Roy, he was in the RAF during the war, flying a Spitfire and he had been shot down over the English Channel. Michael Morpurgo is an award-winning author for War Horse, I however read another title and was quite disappointed. I did not have high expectation for this book. Michael proved me wrong with this inspirational title. The unexpected twist at the end captured all my attention and eliminated any doubts. This touching story can be read and enjoyed by upper key stage two. This book could be used for independent read. As some reference to both World Wars was mentioned in this book, perhaps this could also be looked at during studies on the Great World War. For more information about the work of Farms for City Children, please visit www.farmsforcitychildren.org

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