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The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  4,083 Ratings  ·  254 Reviews

A heart-warming tale of courage, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat!
‘Classic Morpurgo brilliance’ – Publishing News

"Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us a

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Published June 3rd 2010 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 04, 2013 Yulia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, this book seems to be yet another typical story about a girl and her cat who keeps on running away, but once you start reading it, you realise there's more to it than meets the eye. Set against the backdrop of World War 2, and more particularly, the D-Day landing practices, it gives the reader an entirely unique and different perspective on the war, as it is told through the eyes of the twelve-year old Lily Tregenze, whose family was forced to leave their village to make way for ...more
Ji-ann O'Driscoll Silva
This book is not for children really. It is for Adults and teenagers. Most of Michael Morpurgo's books are based on the World War! II. I really love this book. I read this book when I was 10. I was in my old school, and we had to read this book for Guided Reading. At first I thought it looked extremely boring by the cover. But never judge a book by its cover. It is a wonderful book. It nearly as wonderful as the book," Alone on a Wide Wide Sea".

It is about a teenage boy who has a lot of probke
Aug 20, 2012 Ebony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Michael Morpurgo’s books I have read, it’s actually my daughter’s book, but it has definitely made me want to read more.

The story of lily living her life during World War II intrigued me. Lily’s father is a soldier gone to war and she keeps a diary about what she gets up to, she then shares her childhood story with her grandson Boowie who she is very close to.

I love the way the author has used lily’s childhood diary, Boowie’s views and letters from lily to her grandson, te
Charlotte May
This is a wonderful little story.
A young girl is forced out of her home in order for the army to practice for the impending war with Germany. During the move she loses her pet cat Tips.
The story involves her search for Tips - the friends she makes along the way and the impact the war had on local farming communities.
Its a sweet British story - I finished in a few hours, if you enjoy something that portrays a light story out of a historical event then this is one for you.
Alex Acer
Apr 08, 2017 Alex Acer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I have read so far.
Heidi Burkhart
Mar 09, 2017 Heidi Burkhart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucia Rial
Aug 16, 2012 Lucia Rial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young boy, Michael (also known as Boowie), receives a letter from his Grandma outlining her childhood. He was very fond of his grandparents, and sadly he had soon lost his Grandfather, leaving Grandma living on her own in Slapton Village.
Set in World War II, the story focuses delves deep into Grandma's (Lily) life, from first hand, especially homing in on her home life, her friendships and her love for her cat, Tips.
The war had hardly touched Slapton Village, until one day in 1943, all the vil
Carli Vallance
Jul 26, 2012 Carli Vallance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This heart-warming adventure begins with an introduction from Michael. Suspense and intrigue is formed immediately as he informs us that Grandma has just done something shocking! Mystery swathes the actual event and after a cliffhanger of a letter from Grandma, the real adventures start with a selection of her diary entries from 1943.

Eleven-year-old Lily Tregenza lives on a farm in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton with her mother, Grandpa and beloved cat Tips. Her father is away- it is th
Hanna Persson
“The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips” by Michael Morpurgo is a story of a young girl named Lily Tregenza living in England during World War II. She also has a cat names Tips who she loves and would never leave. Her dad has gone to fight in the war, but the American soldiers that come to help England have plans for all the villagers, they all have to move out so they can practice their landings, etc for the war. Her family lives on a farm and her grandfather was brought up, lived and works on thi ...more
An enchanting, easy-to-read story that's an ideal to help young readers to develop their knowledge of WWII.

This is the story of Lily Tregenza who, in 1943, lives on the family farm on the coast of Devon with her mum and grandfather, as her dad's away in the army.

Lily has a cat called Tips, and when the family are forced to move from their home for several months while the army take over the area as a training ground Lily's beloved Tips runs away and gets left behind. Lily is heartbroken but wil
Feb 24, 2012 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yup, this is another one of my Michael Morpurgo reviews! THIS book is about a little girl called Lily, who loves her cat, Adolphus. But when the army came to fight their area, Adolphus went back and ran away, and Lily came to get him back.....

A heart racing, sensational story with amazing descriptions, feelings and hilarious parts. The book is amazing, and if any child doesn't like this book, then they must be on planet Zombie. This is one of my favourite books, and it's very fun and likeable an
Oct 10, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in the Second World War in an English costal village. It tells the tale of Lily whose father goes to fight in the war. Lily’s family takes in an evacuee from London and they become close friends. During the story the American soldiers take over Lily’s home town and she has to move in with her Uncle George. During their move Lily’s cat goes missing and every day she return to their farm to look for her, only to be caught by the American soldiers.

The book is written as lily’s dia
Sarah Sammis
The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo is about a girl, her cat, D day training and a friendship with an American soldier. It's framed with a letter received by a boy named Michael from his beloved grandmother as she heads out on her first adventure in a long time. She includes her diary of the time her village was forced to relocate for D-Day training as an explanation for her current actions.

Most of the story then is Lily's flashback. Her father is a pilot in the war and now sh
Clair Cannon
Sep 12, 2011 Clair Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Michael Morpurgo and it will not be the last. He is an amazing author as he really made me believe I was living the story. The book is an easy read and consists of a collection of diary entries from a young girl whose life is turned upside down when world war 2 is upon her, her family and her community. The book also describes through a child's experience what it is like for her when her father goes away to war and how upsetting and confusing it is for a 10 ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats, wwii, ya
A charming little story, told mostly through diary excerpts, of some of the aspects of World War II and D-Day that we never hear about. Michael (aka Boowie) receives a package from his grandmother not long after his grandfather's death from MS, the contents of which will explain the reason for the scandalous thing she has just done. The contents are her diary excerpts from the lead up to D-Day which involve the cat she loved and their little town in Devon on the coast being co-opted for a traini ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Suzi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another disappointing Michael Morpurgo book. It had a great beginning and end, but the middle dragged on. It is written from the perspective of a young girl as diary entries, and whilst it deals with the issues surrounding WW2 and the D-Day Landings, it does so in a remote way - you are an onlooker and not really involved. The cover of the book suggests that this is all about a cat, yet as the story unfolds she is the least of the characters. Moving at the end, and enjoyed by some but n ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Kitkat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first proper novel/book I ever read by myself. I was about four and I found it on my dad's bookshelf. It had the old hardback front and a cover over the top. The cat on the front caught my eye (which I thought was cute and had eager eyes) and I decided I would read it by myself without any help. It took me about a year but I read it all and loved every second of it. I don't know were our copy is now, havent seen it in about 7 or so years, but I have never forgotten the name, nor the ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Hayley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I'm working my way through a box-set of Mihael Morpurgo and I'm starting to get slightly bored of his 'child is friends with an animal' theme so I wasn't much looking forward to this. However, I really enjoyed this book. Whether that's because I identified with the main character who was a girl who loves her cat I can't say for sure, but it was an enjoyable read in the context of the preparations for the D-Day landings.
Sep 29, 2012 Wander-Lost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good Michael Morpurgo book! This book has a very happy ending and I love how Michael Morpurgo mixes real events and puts it in his story, it just makes the story even better! This book is really good and I definitely recommend it to everyone especially if you like animals!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Can't resist a book by Michael Morpurgo or a book about a cat. Interesting story of a little-known facet of D-Day during World War II.
Hadas Tsury
Jun 01, 2015 Hadas Tsury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
עילאי, פשוט עילאי ;)
Sep 26, 2007 Meghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
this is a great story

even though it is about a cat DO NOT LET THAT PUT YOU OFF IT!!! it is a book that has raised my spirits up
Sep 06, 2016 Fern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very matter of fact about war and death. Great handling of issues for young readers. Giving this to my niece!
Jul 18, 2016 Gill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As rated by my seven year old daughter!
Alex Baugh
Apr 04, 2011 Alex Baugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
After his grandfather dies, 12 year old Michael, nicknamed Boowie, receives what appears to be a very long letter from his grandmother. She tells him to read all the way through it and no peeking at the end or he will ruin the surprise.
Most of the pages are diary entries by his grandma, Lily Tregenza, when she was a young girl of 11, beginning on September 10, 1943. Lily lives on a farm in Slapton, South Devon with her mother and grandfather. Her dad is fighting in Africa. Lily also has a cat na
Paula Nichols
Mar 24, 2017 Paula Nichols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe that if a story is good it can hold your attention and enthral you no matter your age, race, religion. This book is no exception. Whilst aimed at 10-14yr olds, it is a story of devotion, courage and friendship during the lead up to D-Day in WW2. Told in diary form, Lily recounts a point in her childhood that taught her a great deal about life. A good quick read for adults, and a good read for children too.
Jun 14, 2017 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Ciaran Mcnamee
Sep 05, 2012 Ciaran Mcnamee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ks2, world-war-ii, history
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Brendon Shilley
Aug 27, 2014 Brendon Shilley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Morpurgo's 'The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips' is a story that evokes a wide range of emotions. The book is based around the effect that the Second World War had on a small village on the coast and it tells of number of amazing relationships and how they helped people through such a difficult time. The central relationship is between a boy, Michael, and his grandma. This is an important relationship for both of them but for two very different reasons. Michael's relationship with his gra ...more
Oct 13, 2014 James_guitar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips”by Michael Morpurgo is a book about a girl, Lily, who lives in England during WW2, and how her village is ordered to evacuate so the Allies can practice their landings for D-day. Most of the book is written as diary entries by Lily who tells of her struggles because of the war. The book connects the events in 1944-45 to the reader today with Lily, now a grandmother, sending a letter with her diary to her granddaughter. We first read how Lily’s father is in the ...more
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