Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

The last thing she said to me was: ‘Live, child, you have to live. Live for your mother, live for me.’

Listen to the Moon is set in World War One, in the Scilly Isles. The war is raging around the islands, and what was warmth towards the Germans has turned to pure hostility. Alfie and his family know they need to avoid any Germans at all costs, but when they find a girl on an uninhabited island nearby, they can’t resist taking her in. Cold, alone, frightened, the girl has no memory of how she had got there. No matter how hard they pressed, nothing could be done. The one word she spoke, the one word she spoke out of the millions she could have said, was, ‘Lucy.’ And so the story begins.

I had great expectations for this book, what with Michael Morpurgo being a very successful bookseller. And, in the end, I was pleased. Very pleased. I like how the book is written from the view of Lucy, the girl, and also in third person. It was very fast-paced, and all events were quite unexpected which made it more mysterious. After reading this book, I thought more about the situations that happened and even looked up a few events.

This book is very similar to other Michael Morpurgo books, as it is about World War One, but I think it had a more personal side to it as well. If you have read Kensuke’s Kingdom, which is another of Morpurgo’ s books, you will like Listen to the Moon. I would say the age range is 12+, for boys and girls, and the publisher is Harper Collins. I give this book a four star.


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