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Half a man

Half a man

Morpurgo, Michael, author; O'Callaghan, Gemma, illustrator

From a young age, Michael was both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa's ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he came to stay, Michael was warned by his mother that he must not stare, he must not make too much noise, he must not ask Grandpa any questions about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays, and as he finally learns the story behind Grandpa's injuries, he gets to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael can see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing some of the scars that have divided his family for so long

Hardback, Book. English. Children's stories. General. Fiction 9+.
Published London: Walker Books, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by Gemma O'Callaghan
ISBN: 1406351334, 9781406351330
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: as part of War. London: Macmillan Children's, 2005.
Physical Description: 55 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 Naval operations, British Juvenile fiction.; Veterans Juvenile fiction.
Added Entry: War.