But it's true,' Tom shouted. 'It was a real lion, I know it was.'
No-one believes Tom when he says he has seen a lion - padding around the orchard with a string of sausages in its mouth! No-one, that is, except for Clare, the cleverest girl in the class. Together, she and Tom plan to prove his story is true - by catching the lion!
Morpurgo writes with a fine mixture of clarity, depth and feeling
One of today's greatest storytellers
There is often something of the traditional storyteller about Michael Morpurgo. As a reader, we feel part of an audience, spell-bound by the unfolding tale . . . one of the most confident and accomplished writers for children today
Michael Morpurgo is a master of the first person narrative: when he embarks on a story he doesn't keep you waiting - he simply grips your hand and helps you on board
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