About the Author
Michael Morpurgo was 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, has written over 100 books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children's Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse is now both a critically acclaimed stage play and a highly successful film. Michael and his wife, Clare, live in Devon. Visit Michael's website at: www.michaelmorpurgo.com.Gary Blythe has illustrated many books for children, including The Whales' Song, written by Dyan Sheldon, for which he won the Kate Greenaway Medal; Ice Bear by Nicola Davies; and Bram Stoker's Dracula, retold by Jan Needle. Gary lives in the Wirral, near Liverpool.