Thursday, 19 November 2015

An Eagle In The Snow



I am always on the look out for a really good, gripping book yet when I look for an in-depth book for children, one they can really learn from but enjoy too it has been quite a hard task.  I then came across the new book by the wonderful Michael Morpurgo, An Eagle In The Snow.


The first thing I always do when I pick up a potential book, is look at the blurb on the back as I feel it gives that first impression.  When I done it with this book I was drawn in and knew I had to read the book myself to find out more.

"All Billy could think now was that before he had done the wrong thing and now he must do the right thing.  He had to right the wrong he had done.  He had to stop the suffering before it began, that was all there was to it.  He had no choice"

The cover is also very appealing and captured my attention. 

As I sat down to read the book, which is aimed at children aged 9+, I couldn't help but notice the large print and the beautiful illustrations, by Michael Foreman, which was a pleasant change to to the books I obviously read.  





The story starts with Barney and his mother sitting on the train waiting for it to depart the station, and like most of us, was anxious for the journey to begin but what you need to remember is, it was 1940 and the world was at war and this would not be a normal journey.  

As the journey progresses the train comes under fire from the German army and the train comes to a stop inside a dark tunnel to take shelter from the attack.. This is when the stranger in the carriage really comes into it and this is when we learn more about him and the fascinating yet chilling tale.  I will not tell you too much as I really do not want to spoil it for you.

I was gripped from the start, I could not put the book down, I was gripped. Being honest, I have never known a book aimed at children to be so informative and important.

Do I recommend this book? Yes I really do.  I agree with the age of 9+ and I also recommend it for adults too.

You can purchase your own copy over on Amazon

To find out more about Michael Morpurgo you can visit his website here






24 comments:

  1. Oooh sounds like it may be a bit too chilling for my ten year old, she scares easily :)

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    1. It is a wonderful book but every child is different with how they react to a story. xx

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  2. My nine year old LOVE this book. He loves most of MM books

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    1. It is a brilliant story, for what is classed as a children's book just wow

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  3. My two love Michael Morpurgo - this would be fab for ythem x

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    1. They wouldn't be disappointed with this one! x

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  4. I love a book that grips you! This sounds like an excellent read for older children!

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  5. I haven't taken a book to bed in what feels like ages as i'm always on my phone but this has totally made me rethink and decide to get a good read. x

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    1. I love lying in bed reading, always nice to escape into another world x

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  6. Ooh I love the sound of this, my daughter would love it too.

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    1. You will both love it, I can promise you that :) x

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  7. Can't wait for Emma to get at that age, although I do think we will start will maybe different ones by MM as this one sounds very serious and a bit scary!xx

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    1. It was a wonderful book and I think the story is certainly suited for 9+
      My kids love books it's great isn't it x

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  8. Thanks for the recommendation, it sounds like something my 10 yo would like

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    1. No problem. I am only too happy to share good books, reading is great for everyone x

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  9. The Year 5 & 6's are learning about this at the moment in school, will bear it in mind for Isaac when it is his turn

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    1. It is a great book and an important event too. I remember learning about it in history and it has certainly stuck with me x

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  10. My eldest are huge readers, I'll have to suggest it to them :)

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    1. I am sure they will love it. Let me know x

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  11. I am going to have to keep an eye out for this Michael Morpurgo seems to have such a way with words. x

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    1. If you click on the Amazon link you can get it there :) such a wonderful book x

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  12. You're so good with your reading and book reviews. This sounds really interesting. I must get my book reading mojo back on again, maybe start a new routine of reading in bed!

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    1. aww thank you. If it was up to me I would have a whole room full of books haha. This was a fab book. I find reading in bed helps me to relax and sleep better x

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