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The Kites are Flying

Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Laura Carlin

When television reporter, Max, visits communities on either side of a dividing wall in the West Bank, his intention is to give an objective view of life for both Jews and Palestinians.


He does not expect to find a friend; least of all a boy, Said, mute since the death of his older brother.


As Max investigates, Said makes kites and sends them flying over the wall to a young girl on the other side. Said dreams of peace but is not sure who shares his dream until one glorious day when the sky becomes a symbol of reconciliation and hope.


This dual narrative tale of a modern day conflict is both tragic and joyful. An accessible portrayal of the human consequences of political strife.


Publisher: Walker Books

About the author

Michael Morpurgo

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, Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include Listen to the Moon, A Medal for Leroy and Shadow. 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.


Children's Laureate 2003-2005

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