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A true story of two brothers and the war that changed everything.


Michael Morpurgo's wonderful storytelling and Barroux's stunning artwork combine to tell the true story of Michael's uncles against the epic backdrop of World War Two.


Francis and Pieter are brothers. As shadow of one war lingers, and the rumbles of another approach, the brothers argue. Francis is a fierce pacifist, while Pieter signs up to fight. What happens next will change the course of Francis's life forever . . . and throw him into the mouth of the wolf.

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Michael Morpurgo has written over one hundred books and won many awards. In 1976 Michael and his wife Clare started the charity Farms For City Children, which aims to relieve the poverty of experience of young children from inner city and urban areas. In 1999 they were awarded the MBE for their work in creating these farms and in 2006 Michael received an OBE. His novel War Horse has been adapted into a hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End play.
Michael is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly the Children's Laureate.

Born in Paris, Barroux spent much of his childhood in North Africa. He later attended art school in France. He received widespread critical acclaim for Line of Fire, Diary of An Unknown Soldier (Phoenix Yard) and Alpha (Barrington Stoke). In 2015 Barroux won the first Parents, Babies, a Book competition for his work Chuut! which will be given to every baby in the north of France. His stunning book Where's the Elephant? (Egmont) has been longlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal 2016.

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30th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
In the Mouth of the Wolf 9781405285261
5 stars
Take a walk down memory lane with Francis who reminisces on significant people who have left an imprint from the war years. Based on a true story, Michael Morpurgo introduces the characters and tells the story in his classic "can't put this book down" way. My favourite character is Christine, a spy who looked out for others despite the uncertainty surrounding her family and home country since the Nazi's took power. The ending has photos and a short life story of some of the characters. I would recommend this book to mature 9+ children who are interested in the war years. Be prepared for lots of questions due to the nature of the subject. 
26th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
In the Mouth of the Wolf 9781405285261
5 stars
This book is based on the true life experiences of Francis Cammaerts. Born during the First World War, it is the impact of the Second World War on his life that provides the main focus. A pacifist by nature, family events influence Francis to take a more active role in the war. As the cover of the book notes, he was a brother, father, tea her and spy...

The book begins just after his 90th birthday party, with each chaptwr reflecting on different parts of his life, events and the influence of significant people around him and how they shaped his experiences. The writing style is desceptively simple, and great horrors are told without self indulgence or pity. 

This is a very moving and inspiring book, and brings to life what it must have been like to live through the second world war. 
12th May '18
Darth read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This is an excellent read. My son really enjoyed it, in part because it is based on a true story. Micheal Morpugo tells the story of his uncle, Francis Cammaerts during the Second World War. My son is quite interested in this period of history already but this was the first time he's read about it from the point of view of someone who was there. It was very easy for him to read. He especially loved the illustrations, they are stunning and set this book apart. A truly very special labour of love. A must read for any young person. 
16th October '18
I read it to Josh aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I found this book interesting because it was all about the Second World War and at the end I realised it had been a true story which made it even better.  It taught me how devastating and destructive the war was but there were people who were extremely brave and looked out for their allies.

I would highly recommend this to children aged 8+
13th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
In the Mouth of the Wolf 9781405285261
5 stars
I think Michael Morpurgo’s war stories are his best and I loved this fascinating book. It felt magical to read, especially when I read the personal note at the end. The author weaves the characters’ personalities through the events that unfold and the fact that we know these events really took place makes you feel amazed by the bravery of the people in the story. 

I really liked the way the main character is looking back through his extraordinary life and the style is therefore chatty and easy to read. At times I longed for a bit more detail but it probably wouldn’t have suited the style of the book.

The illustrations really suit the book and make it a beautiful book to look at.  I can’t wait to recommend it to children at school!
13th May '18
I read it myself (an adult)
In the Mouth of the Wolf 9781405285261
5 stars
I love books based on true stories, and Morpurgo's story about his Uncle who is a pacifist, but through fates twists and turns ends up being a spy. The narrative is cleverly written so that each chapter is about someone who impacted Francis in some way.  There are underlying stories that are implied that would suit upper school children to see if they can read past what is being said, and the horrors of war are touched upon, but not in any gruesome detail.  I was particularly pleased to see biographical information and photos of all these people at the back of the book, and this, coupled with the atmospheric illustrations has created a beautifully written book that allows children to understand how complex relationships were in the war and why.  I would say it's for boys and girls aged 10+ just because of some of the war undertones, but a year 6 class could access this Morpurgo book together. A good read for older children and adults. 
14th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
In the Mouth of the Wolf 9781405285261
5 stars
I am a lover of Morpurgo storytelling anyway but saw a new side through his latest book. Sensitively told through the eyes of a 90 year old man the reader is transported to the Second World War in the world of spies and bringing down the German army by any means. 
The illustrations worked well with the story and complimented the atmosphere.
As an adult I read this over a couple of nights and was touched by the ending (which I won’t give away!) 
Recommended for older children to give them an understanding that there was a secret side to the Second World War. 
27th May '18
Barney12341234 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
In the Mouth of the Wolf 9781405285261
5 stars
This book is about Michael Morpurgo's uncle who died shortly after his 90th birthday.  I think it is a great book as it goes through all the hardships that some people had to face during World War 2.  I recommend this book for 8 to 12 year olds as it makes people realise how brave the allied forces were against the Nazis. My favourite character in the book is Auguste (known as Albert), a radio operator in the French resistance as he was fearless and clever.
29th May '18
Gaby read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
In the Mouth of the Wolf 9781405285261
5 stars
I am a massive fan of Michael Morpurgo’s books and this one did not disappoint, it is a true story of two brothers during the War who were the author’s uncles, Francis and Pieter who have entirely different personalities and views about the war. One becomes a soldier and one a spy. The illustrations are also wonderful in this book particularly the front cover. I would recommend this book to boys and girls age 9 plus who love the themes of war, animals, brotherhood, 
21st May '18
I read it to Rory aged 10 aged 10 & to Addie aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
A wonderful story beautifully illustrated. The way this book is set out made it really easy to read and to hold our attention. Each chapter introducing another person/period/view to the story. The fact this is based on a true story (the author’s uncles’ story) made it even more interesting. A fantastic insight into our world at war. 
28th May '18
Yoloman read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
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4 stars
This book is based on a true story set during WW2, I am really interested in WW2 so enjoyed this account. I didn't have a favourite character but I did like the way the book was written. I didn't give 5 stars as I felt it could have been more detailed but maybe that would have made the book too dark. Great illustrations but I didn't think the front cover suited the genre of book.
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About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo Biography
Michael Morpurgo is an award-winning English author, born in St. Alban’s in 1943. After attending St. Matthias primary school in London, Michael was sent away to boarding school, which he never liked and wrote about in his novel, Butterly Lion.

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About Barroux

Severine Vidal is the author of more than 50 books, comics and digital books for readers aged preschool to young adult. Previously a schoolteacher, she teaches writing workshops. She lives in France. Award-winning illustrator Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture, and archi...

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