An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo. Published by MacMillan

Michael Morpurgo has returned with a beautiful and provocative story that is sure to fire many classroom discussions just the way Lois Lowry’s The Giver did. Barney and his mother are fleeing London for the countryside in 1940 after the home is destroyed by a bomb. When the train they are on is strafed by German aircraft, they take refuge in a dark train tunnel. The boy is terrified, and a man seeing his fear, begins to tell him a story. The story is about a World War I British soldier named Billy, who hated killing, and only did it when absolutely necessary. At the end of the war, Billy found himself face to face with a German soldier, by rights, he should have killed the man, but tired of killing, Billy left the German go. It wasn’t till long after that Billy discovered that the young German soldier was Adolph Hitler. Billy must now wrestle with his conscience and whether the decision he made, was, at the time, the right one. This is an incredible story, Morpurgo is one of the most gifted children’s and YA authors in the world

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