The Kites are Flying 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

Children's Laureate 2003-2005

Award-winning children's writer Michael Morpurgo was born in 1943 in St Albans, Hertfordshire. He is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Kensuke's Kingdom, My Friend Walter and Private Peaceful. Many of his books have been successfully adapted for the stage or for film and television including War Horse and Private Peaceful


As well as writing, Michael runs the charity Farms for City Children with his wife Claire. In 2003 he became the third Children's Laureate (2003-2005), taking on a role he helped to establish together with the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes. During his time as laureate he toured extensively, concentrating on sharing the power of stories.


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(Credit Richard Cannon)
(Credit Richard Cannon)

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