An Eagle in the Snow

Michael Morpurgo. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (144p) ISBN 978-1-250-10515-8
What if a British soldier had a chance to shoot Hitler on a WWI battlefield but opted to let him go instead? Morpurgo’s incisive historical novel draws inspiration from the life of Henry Tandey, the war’s most decorated British private, who allegedly had just such an encounter. Naming his protagonist Billy Byron, Morpurgo tells the story in flashbacks, as a boy named Barney and his mother flee Coventry on a London-bound train in 1940. Another passenger, who introduces himself as one of Billy’s lifelong friends, describes Billy’s self-doubt, guilt, and dismay when lingering battle wounds prevented him from serving in WWII, since “as far as Billy was concerned, this whole war is his fault.” The stranger’s descriptions of Billy’s compassion and emotional turmoil are gripping in their own right, but Morpurgo will catch some readers off guard with supernaturally tinged twists he drops in the final chapters and epilogue. Originally published in the U.K. in 2015, this is an intricately crafted contemplation of the wrenching consequences of good intentions gone awry. Ages 10–14. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/14/2016
Release date: 01/17/2017
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 272 pages - 978-0-00-813415-0
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-00-813416-7
Compact Disc - 978-0-00-815315-1
Open Ebook - 144 pages - 978-1-250-10516-5
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