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Feb 12 2018

Lucky button by Michael Morpurgo

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Walker, 2018. ISBN 9781406371680
(Age: 9+) Recommended. Jonah has always struggled to fit in at school. He's too busy caring for his mother to make friends. But when he finds a lucky button, it connects his world with Nathaniel's, a foundling boy from the eighteenth century. Can Nathaniel's story help Jonah? And can the lucky button work its magic again? A moving story about friendship, fortune and music.
The mastermind of story writing, Michael Morpurgo has done it again. It certainly piqued my interest in investigating the Foundling Museum further after reading the brief summary at the end of the book. The descriptive language is enticing and allows the reader to gain a clear vision of the world Morpurgo creates. The clever intertwining of the two boys' lives is evidence of true friendship. Themes such as hardship, loneliness and compassion are throughout the book. The beautiful illustrations by award winning Michael Foreman are absolutely stunning. Children aged nine and up who are lovers of historical fiction will love this book.
Kathryn Schumacher

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