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Why the Whales Came - Michael Morpurgo

Paperback Published: 5th February 2007
ISBN: 9781405229258
Number Of Pages: 180
For Ages: 12+ years old

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This is an exciting adventure and friendship story by a much-loved, award winning author. Gracie and her friend, Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then, they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought.

They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don't know whether to believe the Birdman's story that the island is cursed. Set on a remote island against the backdrop of World War I, this story will captivate and delight young readers.

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"The Scilly Islands off the English coast provide the setting for this well-written historical novel . . . good readers will find this a memorable adventure, no less immediate for its setting in the past." --Booklist

ISBN: 9781405229258
ISBN-10: 140522925X
Audience: Children
For Ages: 12+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 5th February 2007
Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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Michael Morpurgo

About the Author


Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. 


After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write. He left teaching after ten years in order to set up 'Farms for City Children' with his wife. They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals. 

In 1999 this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth. He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life. Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books. 

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