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The 'Black Queen' is what Billy calls his shadowy next-door neighbour. She always wears a black cloak and a wide-brimmed black hat. She lurks about her garden, alone except for her black cat. Scarily for Billy, the Black Queen befriends him and asks him to look after her cat while she's away. Billy can't resist the opportunity to peek inside her house. There are chessboard ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Young Corgi
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Billy is sceptical of his neighbour, nicknamed the 'Black Queen'. Her intense black attire has the street weary of her. She is deemed as someone from the Addam's family. Billy unwillingly agrees to look after her cat while she disappears for a while. He has the urge to discover more about her identity. The book contains nightmarish dreams and secrets. Billy feels 'bewitched' by her at times. An easy read with a great twist at the end. An intriguing read almost like you are under some kind of mag ...more
Another title by one of my favorite authors, Michael Morpurgo. I love that one of the characters in his stories is often an animal, here a peculiar cat. Without saying anything further to make sure I am not giving away anything, I am sure that this story will be enjoyed by many of my students. While you might think you know relatively early where the story will lead you, be ready for some surprises!
A simple easy flowing book about a boy who accidentally ends up looking after the neighbour's cat (Black Queen) the neighbour turns out to be one of his idols. Easy for children to relate to, probably more for boys than girls nice happy ending. For ages 5-8. Good book for independent or guided reading.
Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to ...moreMore about Michael Morpurgo...