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Once again, Michael Morpurgo proved to be a big hit with the Trim library junior book club.  This month we read Running Wild and the kids loved it.   It got a massive thumbs-up from all the children, bar one.  You can order your copy from Meath libraries today.   

running wild When 10-year-old Will’s father dies in the Iraq war, his mother surprises him with a trip to Indonesia. But little could she have known what awaited them both there.

At first Will knows that something is wrong is when Oona, the elephant he is riding along the beach, begins to spook. Then, suddenly, she takes off into the jungle with Will on her back. And that’s when Will sees the wave come crashing in! With his mother almost certainly drowned, with nothing to cling on to but an elephant and nothing to help him but the clothes on his back, Will faces a terrifying future. But maybe the jungle and Oona the elephant, can help him!

An epic and heart-rending jungle adventure.

Taken from Michael Morpurgo’s website

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The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

 The story begins with a mysterious egg washed up on a Scottish beach, the morning after a great storm. Kirstie and her brother Angus find the egg and take it home. The next day it has hatched into a tiny greeny-grey creature with a horse’s head, warty skin, four flippers and a crocodile’s tail. The baby sea monster soon becomes the family pet – but the trouble is, it just doesn’t stop growing!

(from Puffin website)
water horse cover

Many of the children had previously seen the movie and were surprised by the great differences between the book and movie.  The book is a far simpler and more gentle story than the high tech film version.  The children remarked on the many changes to the story such as making Angus the main character, the change in location from quiet lochan and clifftop house to vast mansion in a busy town. 

The book (and film)got a general thumbs-up from the majority of the children though Caoimhe (aged 9) didn’t enjoy it at all. We ended our book club with a 20-minute viewing of the film.    Reserve your copy of the book from Trim library here.

Children’s author Dick King-Smith, whose much-loved tale The Sheep-Pig was adapted into the hit film Babe, died earlier this year at the age of 88, at home in his sleep.

Next month we’ll be discussing Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo-always a favourite author in Trim Library. 

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Trim library junior book club met this week to discuss Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo.  There was a mixed reaction to the book with some loving the war theme and others enjoying the soccer throughout.  Though some of the boys were very quick to point out that they weren’t Chelsea fans! 

Joshus aged 8 loved the illustrations

Aoife aged 10 gave it 5 stars

Minh, aged 9 thought it was very sad and very detailed

Sophie aged 8 enjoyed the illustrations, war and football but thought it wasn’t sad enough

Billy the Kid
Billy was a champion soccer star, playing for Chelsea in the 1930s. But that was before war broke out…Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea’s champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life.  

A novel for both children and adults which deals with some difficult issues. Michael Morpurgo’s storytelling is superb.
(From Harper Collins website)

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