The War of Jenkins' Ear, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A spellbinding children's story from Britain's best-loved children's author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. 'And Jenkins, don't cross over. Village fishing on the other side. They stay on their side, we stay ours. Toby Jenkins doesn't like boarding school. He gets called Jinks and thinks he will never fit in.

But then he meets a strange boy named Christopher who may have special powers.

When the village boy 'oiks' start a war with the schoolboy 'toffs', Toby is caught in the middle.

Can Christopher provide the miracle that Toby needs?

Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, again demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with The War of Jenkins' Ear, a much-loved and magical tale.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: School
  • ISBN: 9781405226721



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Recommended in Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud treasury. I have always heard about this book, and this is my first time reading it. It is about boys in a boarding school who are managing just fine when a new boy comes in. This boy begins to have weird seizures and says he has voices telling him he is the Son of God. Then things begin to happen that seem to echo the New Testament. It is a thought-provoking book in that seeing the faith and doubts in young boys makes you see Jesus in a new light. Their cruelty to each other and to the boy who says he is the Son of God is very calculated and yet real. The teachers make the boys denounce him and kick him out at the end to maintain peace and order, much like what happened to Jesus. On the other hand, this is pretty strongly done - there isn't a lot of sublety. One of the side themes - the village boys v. the boarding school boys - also reminds me of Jellicoe Road, and I wonder if Marchetta had read this book and incorporated some of this same idea. Overall, chilling and interesting.