A Medal for Leroy

A Medal for Leroy

Book - 2014 | First U.S. edition.
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In World War II-era England, Michael learns about his black British Army soldier grandfather, a World War I officer who risked his life to save wounded men but who did not receive special commendations because of his race.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2014.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781250039804
Branch Call Number: J MORPURG
Characteristics: 140 pages : illustration ; 22 cm


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Jan 06, 2015

Excellent book . Such a good storyline . Couldn't put it down. Touching , heartwarming and really liked this story .

ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

A Medal for Leroy is a story of war, love and family secrets. Like many of Michael’s other stories, it’s told from the point of view of someone who is old (in this case Michael) looking back at his life and telling the reader the story of what happened. I really like this style of storytelling because it makes you feel like you are just sitting down for a cup of tea with the main character while they tell you the story. Michael tells us that he never knew his father because he died during the war, but his mother and his aunties love him very much. When one of his aunties dies, she leaves a special package for Michael, full of family secrets. In this package, Michael learns about his auntie’s life and about the father he never knew. Her story is heart-breaking, but with moments of happiness and hope.

Once again, Michael Morpurgo has written an emotional story that you get caught up in. Even though the war is happening, you hope that everything is going to be fine, that Martha will meet Leroy again, and her father will welcome her home. As always, Michael presents the realities of war to portray what life was like during this horrible time. Even though Michael has returned to a topic that he has written about many times before, A Medal for Leroy, is a different story and just as wonderful as his other war stories, like Private Peaceful, War Horse, and An Elephant in the Garden. You can read more about the person who inspired this story, Walter Tull, at the back of the book too.

4 out of 5 stars


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