Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller. Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.
Winner of Blue Peter Book of the Year 2005 and Blue Peter Book Award (Book I Couldn't Put Down Prize) 2005. Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Children's Book) 2003.
His [Tommo's] journey from agricultural labourer to cannon fodder is movingly told...Michael Morpurgo is expert at getting through to his readers. He writes here about events that should never be forgotten nor forgiven, and does so most effectively. Independent ...full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive... Sunday Times The best novel he's written since The Butterfly Lion. Times Deserved to last as an insight into the First World War in the same way as, say, The Silver Sword or Goodnight Mr Tom. Telegraph A poignant, elegiac novel. Daily Mail
Michael Morpugo is the third Children's Laureate, and is one of the most well-known and best-loved of children's authors. He has written over ninety books, short stories, screenplays and two musicals, and has won many prizes, both here and in Europe, including the Whitbread Award for The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom, and the Writers' Guild Award and the Smarties Prize for The Butterfly Lion.