Michael Morpurgo is an English author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films.
His most popular books include War Horse (1982), which was runner-up for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award in 1982 and became an enormous success onstage and on screen; Why the Whales Came(1985), which was made into a film, King of the Cloud Forests (1988), which won the Cercle D’Or Prix Sorciere (France); and My Friend Walter (1988), which was adapted for television. The Wreck of the Zanzibar (1995) won the 1995 Whitbread Children’s Book Award. The Butterfly Lion (1996) draws on the author’s own unhappy experiences at boarding school, and is the story of a young boy who rescues an orphaned lion cub from the African bush. It won the 1996 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award). Kensuke’s Kingdom (1999) tells the tale of a boy who survives on an island after falling from his parents’ yacht and learns how to survive with the help of the mysterious Kensuke. This book won the Children’s Book Award in 2000. Private Peaceful (2003) is set during the first world war and telling the story of two brothers, Charlie and Tommo. It won the 2005 Red House Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread Children’s Book Award.