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An Eagle in the Snow

An Eagle in the Snow
Written by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Michael Foreman
HarperCollins £12.99
ISBN: 978-0008134167

During WWII a young boy, Barney, and his mother set out by train for Cornwall in an attempt to escape the horrors of the bombing in Coventry. However, the train comes under attack and the driver finds refuge in a long dark tunnel. Barney is terrified of the darkness and so an old soldier begins to tell him a story.

Inspired by the true story of the most decorated soldier in WWI, Private Henry Tandy VC, Michael Morpurgo creates an intriguing tale that explores those moments that make an ordinary man quite extraordinary. What leads a soldier to repeatedly put his life on the line, to inspire his comrades to follow him into impossible situations and to become the kind of soldier that can turn defeat into victory? There were many such men in the trenches, but perhaps only one that came face to face with Corporal Adolf Hitler. How can a man live in the knowledge that he might have killed and removed from the pages of history one of the most evil men that ever lived? If only, if only!

This is the kind of novel that leads every reader to question how history is made, and how the ordinary man becomes part of that history.
Trevor Thompson


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