The War of Jenkins' Ear, Paperback Book
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A spellbinding children's story from from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo - now with a brand new cover look. 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 believes that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ.

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?A brilliant evocation of school life from the master storyteller. Michael has written more than one hundred books for children including An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Private Peaceful, and An Elephant in the Garden.

He has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. -- Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction.

He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike.

Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.

He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the "poverty of experience" many young children feel in inner city and urban areas.

Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories.

He spends 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 children. "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." Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
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  • 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.

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