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Summary

A stunning new emotional tour-de-force from the author of Shadow, Born to Run and War Horse.

May, 1915. Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies - injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy. Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even - as some islanders suggest - a German spy…? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear.

WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony - and the music begins to resolve…A beautiful tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author of Private Peaceful - in which what was once lost may sometimes be found, washed up again on the shore.

©2014 Michael Morpurgo (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Michael Morpurgo:

"Please invite this wonderful story in, you won't regret it. History is rarely more movingly alive." Morris Gleitzman
"Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching." (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, as always, is subtle and skilful, 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." (Guardian)

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  • SOUTH CROYDON, United Kingdom
  • 30-07-16

Sweet and compelling

It may have been written for children but this 65 year old loved it. Sweet story with sad parts and always compelling.

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It was fabulous

Execellent read kept me wanting more and more couldnt put the book down every time I tried I just wanted to read another cbapter. fantastic ending

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Amazing Story

Listen to the Moon is a war story with a difference, set in 1915 it focuses on an injured girl found on an uninhabited island in the Scillies. Not knowing who she is, or where she has come from, the father and son who find her take her home with them.

It is an amazing story about community, courage , and of love, as they try to unravel the story of 'Lucy Lost' is she a German? A mermaid? And why can't she speak?

This is a story to warm your heart.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous story

A lovely moving book that's not just for kids but a wonderful listen for the grown ups too.

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Amazing and existing

This book is a amazing and existing I rate it five stars you must get this book

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  • 30-08-18

Fabulous book, couldn't stop listening

Set in the Scilly Isles during WWI. It shows the ignorance of the people with regard to the Germans. The fear of the unknown when a little girl who cannot speak is found on one of the uninhabited islands.

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Good entertainment for a long journey to Scotland

Good narrator, good story line for adults and my 10 year old daughter. Highly recommended.

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Enjoyed

Lovely story I really enjoyed it. I found it very easy to follow the different characters, and found the story interesting and heartwarming.

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  • Serena
  • Hythe, United Kingdom
  • 18-07-18

Not just for the youngsters

My children are now all grown-up, and I'm still awaiting the arrival of grandchildren, so I have no excuse to buy a book 'for children'. I loved reading Michael Morpurgo books to my youngsters, and I always felt he simply wrote good stories, but although maybe the language used made them easily accessible for a young audience, the books couldn't easily be categorised as 'for children' or 'for adults'.
Listen To The Moon definitely falls into this category - it is simply a wonderful tale of a young girl's life, taking in historical aspects of the First World War, the simple life in the Scilly Isles in the early part of the last century and life-long love. Don't think of it as a 'children's book' or even to try and categorise it at all. Just enjoy it as a wonderful story, well narrated and fully enjoyable.
Told from the perspective of a number of different characters, this is a well-rounded tale, full of great description and a joy to listen to.

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  • Ralph W Cudworth
  • 06-03-16

Another Morpurgo Masterpiece!

Brilliant production. Readers were acting and voicing perfectly. Such a powerful and emotional tale. I soaked dozens of tissues throughout the story. Even the epilogue got me going all over again. Highly recommend this Audible offering.

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