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Mr Skip

Mr Skip

Morpurgo, Michael

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

Book. English. Children's stories. Fiction 7+. General.
New] ed.
Published London: HarperCollins Children's, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Morpurgo
ISBN: 0007476787, 9780007476787
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Previous ed.: London: Collins, 2002.
Physical Description: 110 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Magic Juvenile fiction.; Gnomes Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.8
Interest Level: MY
Points: 2
Quiz Number: 208109

Author note

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include 'Shadow', 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Little Manfred'.

His novel 'War Horse' has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.


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.