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Jackie lives in Dublin where the horses run free near the tower blocks. She longs for a horse, but must be content with her donkey. Her dream - that he'll run like a racehorse - is granted by Mister Skip. This book is aimed at confident readers
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Book Level: 4.8
Interest Level: MY
Quiz Number: 208109
Believing in magic makes dreams come true.
Jackie dreams of having a horse of her own, one that'll be the fastest on the estate, the fastest in all Ireland and the fastest in the world. Mum dreams of a little cottage in the country for her and Jackie to live in.
What they get is a garden gnome that Jackie finds in a rubbish skip; one she lovingly repairs and paints; a gnome she calls Mr Skip.
And Jackie soon discovers that with Mr Skip, anything is possible.
Praise for Michael Morpurgo:"Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching." - The Guardian
"Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects." - Daily Telegraph
"There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo." - Daily Express
"Morpurgo's gift is to make this long-ago world of danger and heartbreak accessible without ever patronising his young readers." - Sunday Mercury
"Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skillful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative"Elizabeth Reilly - British Council
"The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers." -The Guardian.