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War. Adventure. Danger. A world in the grip of Hitler’s icy evil. A wintry tour de force from a true master. It’s 1940. A train is under attack from German fighter planes. Sheltering in the darkness of a railway tunnel, a stranger in a carriage tells Barney and his mum a story. And what a tale it is… The true story of one man who might have stopped World War II. A young soldier fighting in the First World War trenches, twenty years before. On the spur of the moment, he did what he thought was the right thing. It turned out to be the worst mistake of his life. Can he ever put things right?

  • The latest brilliant war novel by Michael Morpurgo
  • A must for fans of War Horse and Private Peaceful
  • Inspired by the true story of soldier Henry Tandey
  • A powerful story full of moral discussion points

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.2; Middle years; 3.0 points

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  • 272 pages



UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

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  1. lavender123
    on 10 July 2017

    I really liked this book. Somebody recommended it to me so I tried reading it. It took me four attempts to actually finish it but I really liked.

  2. foreverdogs
    on 21 April 2016

    A very powerful story about war and trying to make the right decisions. READ THIS BOOK. I love this book. 😆

    5 out of 5
  3. zoe256
    on 10 April 2016

    I really liked the book! It’s a powerful story about the war.

    4 out of 5
  4. Selinda769
    on 7 April 2016

    I want to read this because it looks interesting

  5. micheal11
    on 17 February 2016


    5 out of 5