Published: February 2013
A tender, lyrical tale from the author’s childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes. In this involving tale, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo revisits the “landscape of his memories”, telling of his boyhood in the idyllic village of Bradwell fifty years before. The village is a stone’s throw from the sea and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens. But industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the site of the marshes, endangering Mrs Pettigrew’s home and the gulls, owls, kestrels and thousands of insects and plants which also belong there. A village battle ensues for and against the environmental hazard of the power station, and the young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood. This is evocatively illustrated by Peter Bailey.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Reading charity Booktrust is pleased to announce former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as its new President. The role, previously held by the late Doris Lessing, offers a notable figure as a supporter and ambassador for Booktrust’s work.
Booktrust believes that no-one should miss out on the life changing benefits that reading can bring. It gives free books to children via national programmes such as ‘Bookstart’, which works through locally based organisations to give packs of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers. With over 90 years of expertise in recommending books, it runs sponsored book prizes and manages creative reading projects, such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. This year, it launched a brand new prize – The Booktrust Best Book Awards, supported by Kindle.
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Gwil H says:
During Library lesson in school I picked up ‘Homecoming’. I started reading and I couldn’t stop. I read it all and I thought it was brilliant!! Mrs Pettigrew was described perfectley and I loved how depressing it was when Mrs Pettigrew found out in the town hall meeting that her ‘paradise’ was going to become a nuclear power-station.
Car :) says:
I have read this book as I own it and it is very sad but gripping, I recommend for someone to read this book as it is a very sweet tale about animals and beautiful landscapes yet a sad and heart full tale about friendship and heart-breaks.
Apple Jack says:
When I read Homecoming I didn’t want to stop reading because it was so interesting some parts were sad like when Mrs Pettigrew died.Also I was sad when the donkey died as well.I didn’t like it when Michael had a thorn in his cheek and when it mentioned about the blood on the inside of the cheek it gave me the shivers.
I could almost feel the thorn in my own cheek. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HOMECOMING!!!!!!!!!!
I enjoyed homecoming very much because it was exciting and fun at the same time. When I started the book it was full of action so I couldn’t put the book down. I started reading it in my school bookclub and we are reading lots more Michael Morpurgo books!
Ell ;) says: