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Listen to the Moon

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,672 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Alfie lives off the coast of England. Merry lives in New York City. Until Merry and her mother set sail on the Lusitania for England, where Merry's father is recuperating from a war injury. People told them not to go, hearing rumors that the Lusitania might be carrying munitions. But they are desperate to be reunited with Merry's father.

Alfie and his father find a lost gir
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Square Fish (first published 2014)
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Olivia McMullan
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book a few years ago, I started it and I enjoyed it, but for some reason, I could never bring myself to pick it back up again. Looking back now I most certainly regret it. This time I did, however, and I am so happy I did! I loved it! I am a big fan of Michael Morpurgo writing and books. He never fails to disappoint when it comes to writing a best seller. I am so excited to pick up more of his work. This book was worth every minute I spent readning it, and as you can see, it ce ...more
Sarah Farley
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much!
I didn't expect to be liking this. I donno, the cover wasn't all that enthralling. (I know i shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but I did and I'm sorry!) But due to this book being a present I started reading this, and boy I was totally living in this story from page 1! It's beautiful writing and good described characters made me want to lock myself in my room and just read read read. Every charakter in this book has a real soul and heart. Their own way of bein
Mehreen Rahman
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Michael Morpurgo book and I thought, where has this author been all my life?! This review might turn out to be more about the author than this particular book. Before I move on to talk about Michael Morpurgo, let me just say, I loved this book. “Magical” storytelling, with vivid landscapes and animals and the backdrop of World War 1. The characters are ordinary people who turn out to do extraordinary things for love and friendship. I especially liked how the author brings out h ...more
Katy Noyes
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Morpurgo often uses stories taken from tales he hears around him, from people he meets, from history. His latest is a combination, a story ostensibly based on his own grandmother's history and a story at the heart of the First World War.

A girl is found by chance on an uninhabited Scilly Island by a fisherman and his son. The girl is injured, half staved and ill, cannot speak and doesn't seem able to account for her being there.

Alfie and his family take her in and care for the girl they c
Mari Anne
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another beautifully written, moving MG novel that I fear will be wasted on all but the most sophisticated and discerning young reader. This story is constructed and executed in such a way that it will move adult readers to tears (well at least this adult reader) and quickly become a beloved favorite. An amazing historical fiction tale so heartwarming it did tread that thin line between sweet and saccharine but it did it with finesse.

Highly recommended to mature, sophisticated readers of
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
It's May 1915 and World War I is in full swing. On the Scilly Island of Bryher, Alfie Wheatcroft has just played hooky to go fishing with his dad. One their way home with their catch, Alfie hears a moaning sound coming from the deserted St. Helen's island. Checking it out, he and his dad discover a scared, starving, shivering young girl clutching a bedraggled teddy bear and wrapped in a blanket with the name Wilhelm embroidered on it.

They decide to take her home for Alfie's mother, Mary Wheatcro
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book! However, it was slightly confusing at times due to the change in location and time. Otherwise a really good read and gives a great insight into what people thought of the First World War!
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well first of all can I just say that description of this book written on goodreads is wrong, but I know this is the correct book because it is the only one written by Michael morpurgo called listen to the moon. So here is what it is actually about.
There is a girl who is found on one of the small islands of Scilly( in England) by Jim and Alfie who heard her trying to call for help. When they rescue her they find she cannot speak. Is she English? Or more importantly, because it is WW1, is she Ge
Kathleen Dixon
This book is set on the Scilly Islands (website = Isles of Scilly during the Second World War. A lad and his father out fishing find a girl, just about starving, on one of the deserted islands and take her home to look after her. The girl doesn't speak, she doesn't interact with them at all - she remembers nothing.

This is a lovely story about determination, about standing up against prejudice, about the changing nature of humans, about being steadfast. We're led into the lives of the islanders a
Andrea Dooley
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May, 1915. On an uninhabited island in the Scillies, Alfie and his father find an injured girl - alone, and with no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. Is she a mermaid, a ghost? Or could she even be, as some islanders suggest, a German spy...?

I was extremely lucky to win a preview copy of this book. I am a huge Michael Morpurgo fan and with each book find a new favourite. This book is amazing. Please note that the synopsis above does not belong to this book? This book has kept me
Julie NZ
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I read this book to my son. We found it slow going at first. I think that 50 pages could be edited out as it's a long book. Once the story got moving more, my son and I really enjoyed it.

I give it 4 stars and my son gives it 5 stars.

Content - This book features a number of deaths, it also uses God's name in vain a couple of times.
Kaitlin Stiven
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I recommend it to lots of book loving people but not for younger readers because they might find it a bit confusing as I had to reread the start a few times. It's based in a true story and a few bits I had a hard time to believe but it was an amazing story. You couldn't put it down!😁 it truly also shows how unfair and horrible the war was.
C.J. J Richardson
This may be a book for children aged 9 and above but as always, Michael Morpurgo writes for all ages. this beautiful, and sometimes tragic story of a young girl being found near to death and without any memory of who she is. The story unfolds on the beautiful islands of Scilly during the First World War and it will touch the strongest heart.
Natalia Burtenshaw
I haven't finished this book yet, but I really like it. its very good. I recommend it.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story and well written
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One little girl's amazing rescue and her struggle to remember made for some twisty plots. Michael Morpurgo really nailed the intense emotional roller coaster that was this time period plus the resiliency and courage of people who clung on to their better judgement through thick and thin.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Morpurgo has done it again with his 2015 release of Listen to the Moon. Morpurgo's books are my favorites in our junior high school library. Whenever a student is stumped on finding a book to read, I direct them to his novels. The books offer a glimpse of history with appealing characters and plots that draw readers into the story.

Listen to the Moon takes the reader to World War I and the sinking of the Lusitania. Lucy survives the sinking but not without severe trauma. Though she is ev
Laurie Balderson

I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generosity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it.

Michael Morpurgo is well-known and admired for his historical fiction for young people and Listen to the Moon will not disappoint readers. Based on the personal history of his own grandmother, Morpurgo artfully weaves the story of “Lucy”/Merry and how her life intertwines with a humble family of fishermen on the Scilly Isles of
Marathon County Public Library
Skipping school while out fishing with his father near the island of St. Helen's, Alfie and his father discover a half-starved, injured young girl who is barely alive on the small uninhabited island. Where she came from is a mystery since she is not speaking. His family cares for her, names her Lucy, and as their relationship grows and she becomes a part of their family, they fiercely love and want to protect her. The townspeople, including a cruel school teacher, conclude that she’s German and ...more
Julie Williams
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kensuke's Kingdon is one of my favorite books and I used to read it to my students when I taught 5th grade. I always look for his books and this one was a treat. Cool thing is - he already had another great book which I reviewed here...

In this book, set during World War I, Albie and his father find a girl on a deserted island. All they know is that she has a teddy bear,a blanket with a German name on it, and she said Lucy when they find her. Other than th
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
World War I is raging. Many are affected by shortages and live with constant fear and tension. So it is for Alfie and his parents whom live on a small island off the coast of England. But life must go on. Alfie and his father are often seen out in the coastal waters making a living by fishing. One fine day as they fish near an uninhabited island, they hear crying. They discover a young, sick girl. After taking her home and nursing her back to health, she becomes a part of the family. As she is u ...more
Hannah Dexter
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed with this story. I've only read one other of Michael Morpurgo's novels – Private Peaceful – but I can tell that this is going to be regarded as one of his finest in the longer term. It is set in 1915, during World War I in the Scilly Islands, an archipelago lying south of Cornwall. A little girl is found abandoned on a deserted island by a boy called Alfie and his father. For most of the book her origins remain a mystery as she does not say much, beyond the word 'Lucy', whic ...more
Coco W
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the island of Scillies (In England), Alfie and his fisherman father, Jim found an injury girl that can only speak one word: "Lucy". Lucy has no memory of who she is and how she managed to get here and soon Lucy's mysterious appearance was the big talk though out the whole island. Is she a mermaid, or a ghost? Could she even be a German spy? Lucy can not speak to tell them but one thing they know for sure is that Lucy loves piano music and the moon. As World War 1 rages, fears and suspects gro ...more
LISTEN TO THE MOON by Michael Morpurgo is a poignant story of prejudice, lose, and rediscovery set during World War I.

While fishing off the Scilly Isles near Great Britain, Alfie and his father discover an abandoned girl on a deserted island. While some community members embrace this young waif, others shun her as a German invader. The story of how this young girl came to be marooned on the island is slowly revealed through Alfie and the recollections of various community players.

Morpurgo’s beau
Michael Morpurgo is a truly outstanding writer of many books for children ranging from the very young to the teens, but his stories can be read by all ages simply for their beautiful and emotional content. I love his books which always contain subtle but important messages for youngsters implicit in the wonderful poignant tales he weaves. He is one of those writers I find myself instantly engaging with as soon as I begin to read. I used to think his 'Warhorse' was my favourite but this one takes ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of a reading incentive program for our Middle Schoolers, so I decided to check it out. I liked the fact that it was historic fiction for YAs and that it was easy to read. That is about it.

The novel drags on for too long waiting for the climax to unfold --which yielded no surprises. The writing was descriptive but not enough to bring the characters out of a two-dimensional state.

I appreciate Morpurgo's writing prowess and am willing to try another of his novels, but this one was
Larissa Van
this book is not like all the other michael morpurgo books that have a sense of childish ness to them this is one of his best books so far and i would highly suggest to read it

it is not fantasie but based on ww1and the islands of shcilly where alfie and his dad find a abandinde girl on the hounted island she cant speak but she maniges to say lucy as things start to change the war has its effects on the little island and alfies family
Anna Branson
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok. I am not a Michael Morpurgo fan. I have read several books by him-War Horse, Cool, The Butterfly Lion and Kensuky's Kingdom. All were unsatisfactory. However, this book, wow. Just wow. The idea was amazing, as was the writing. Well Done!!!
Lis Arden
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is about a girl who is found on a island by a father and son and is taken in . At first they think she is a german and it isn't good to be thought a German during the war but then they find out there is more to her story
Outwood Academy Foxhills
This book is absolutely wonderful! I read it at home and I loved it. Michael Morpurgo really knows how to connect with the readers. Truly magnificent. :)
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Sir Michael Andrew Morpurgo, OBE, FRSL 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 Second World War, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, ...more
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