Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Giveaway #521 : Win An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo - closed - winner Daisy Mae


Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Listen to the Moon’, ‘A Medal for Leroy’ and ‘Shadow’. His novel ‘War Horse’ has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children’s Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children. 

His powerful new novel, An Eagle in the Snow, is inspired by the true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. Imagine the scene - it's 1940. A train is under attack from German fighters. In the darkness, sheltering in a railway tunnel, the stranger in the carriage with Barney and his mother tells them a story to pass the time. And what a story ! The story of a young man, a young soldier in the trenches of World War I who, on the spur of the moment, had done what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to have been the worst mistake he ever could have made – a mistake he must put right before it is too late… 



You can see the trailer here, to get a feel for the book.

As a grown-up, I'm a fan of historical fiction, which I find both educational and enlightening, but I wasn't sure how this would work for children's fiction. Michael Morpurgo manages to deliver a narrative that will appeal to readers of all ages and levels though - younger readers will love it as an exciting story featuring war, adventures and animals, whereas older readers and even adults will appreciate the social commentary and moral issues that may well go over the heads of the younger audience. The illustrations will also make it more appealing to reluctant readers. The fact that it is based on a true story makes it even more poignant and gripping.

As a book spanning two wars and explaining, in a child-friendly way, life in the trenches and how war affected those back home, it's the perfect book to explain to youngsters what Poppy Day is all about.

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (8 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008134154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008134150
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.8 x 22.6 cm



I have a copy of An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo to give away to one lucky Madhouse Family Reviews reader. Fill in your entries in the Rafflecopter widget below.


UK only. Closing date : 25/11/15

T & C's : Entries close at midnight on the closing date. Winners will be selected with a random number generator and announced on facebook, twitter and in the giveaway post subject line. Please note, you will be contacted by email and/or twitter and if I haven't heard from you after 28 days, I'll have to pick another winner. Prizes will be sent out by the companies or their PR directly to winners. Madhouse Family Reviews cannot be held responsible for any prizes that go astray !

81 comments:

  1. I loved The Faraway Tree Adventures!

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  2. The Box of Delights by John Masefield

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  3. i was very into books by an american author called paula danziger

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  4. Children of Cherry Tree Farm by Enid Blyton

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  5. I liked the books by molly brett, such fab pics x

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  6. I used to like the Famous Five books.

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  7. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I still have my treasured box set of the Chronicles of Narnia books and am looking forward to enjoying them with my grandchildren

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  8. i use to love nancy drew mysteries

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  9. pippa longstocking
    from samantha price

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  10. famous five . secret seven . the hardy boys

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  11. The Bobsey twins, don't know who wrote them

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  12. Enid Blyton's Famous Five. I'm reading them to my little boy at the moment but can't feel the same magic 😕

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  13. What Katy did next @kohsamuirosie on twitter

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  14. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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  15. The dog with only one woof

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  16. my family and other animals gerald durrell

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  17. i loved secret seven and famous five !

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  18. I was a big Roald Dahl fan - Charlie & The Chocolate Factory was my fave

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  19. Mallory Towers books :)

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  20. i loved reading the Borrowers books when i was young

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  21. i loved anything by enid blyton - @leabana1

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  22. the worst witch series

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  23. The lion the witch and the wardrobe

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  24. I was very fond of my Sooty annual

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  25. I loved the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe

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  26. I loved I'houdini by Lynne Reid banks.

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  27. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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  28. Pam Francis Gregory23 November 2015 at 16:14

    Narnia books

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  29. As a child Famous Five by Enid Blyton . As a teacher my favourite book to share with children was Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. Moved even the toughest of Y6 pupils :)

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  30. I'm in! I love the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evankovich now and as a child I loved the Secret Seven

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  31. I always loved the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton

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  32. The Rockingdown Mystery by Enid Blyton.

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  33. I loved anything by Enid Blyton especially the Malory Towers series.

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  34. The Box of Delights by John Masefield

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  35. I loved the Enid Blyton Famous Five Books

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  36. The Secret Seven was better than the Famous Five ;)

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  37. Pauline Burroughs24 November 2015 at 17:40

    The Magic Faraway Tree

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  38. Enid Blyton, The Naughtiest Schoolgirl

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  39. Malory Towers

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  40. I loved Tootles the Taxi when I was little (still do if I'm honest!)

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  41. Goodnight Mister Tom

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  42. Carrie's War
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  43. My fave books as a child were anything by enid blyton mianly famous five and secret seven

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  44. My first major book was The Folk of the Faraway Tree, and then later I loved the CS Lewis Narnia series.

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  45. The Lion,the Witch and the Wardrobe

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  46. Famous five by Enid Blyton love the stories and the characters

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  47. All Enid Blyton books! Loved them! Still got a few as well! I actually read the Farawy Tree a few months ago again! Love Mrs WishyWashy!

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  48. The Narnia books

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