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On January 1st 2001, Becky Morley begins to write her diary. By March 12th, her world has changed for ever…
When Becky Morley begins keeping her diary in January, foot and mouth disease is just an item on the news, something happening hundreds of miles from her family's farm in Devon. But now the nightmare is a few fields away and local flocks are being destroyed. Will the Morleys' animals be next? Will their cattle, their sows and piglets escape the cull? And what about Little Josh, Becky's hand-reared lamb? The waiting and hoping is the most agonising experience of Becky's life…
Out of the Ashes is a powerful and moving fictional account of true events by award-winning author, Michael Morpurgo.
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Out of the Ashes by Micheal Morpurgo tells the story of a young girl living on a Devon farm in the midst of a foot-and-mouth epidemic.
Written at a time when foot-and-mouth was very much in the news, as farmers across the UK fell victim to an outbreak that was to leave potent images of blazing carcasses deeply embedded in many minds, Morpurgo cleverly manages to avoid a feeling of haste in his writing (although the book was actually written very quickly, and as a reaction to Morpurgo's own experiences as co-founder of Farms For City Children), by giving the reader a thorough and poignant insight into what it is really like for farmers waiting to find out if they are about to lose their livelihoods.
Worthy? Certainly. But this powerful and moving fictional account of true events does exactly what it sets out to do: inform, entertain and ask important questions. (Ages 8 and over) --Susan HarrisonReview:
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“This book is a very very good read for people affected or unaffected by Foot and Mouth. It helps give an insight from a childs perspective into how foot and mouth affected farmers and their families.”
“Michael Morpurgo has managed to distil so much of the pain and anguish that has been inflicted on farming communities throughout the UK by Fooot and Mouth Disease … the simplicity and authenticity of the writing is quite breathtaking.”
“Well done Michael Morpurgo for conveying what so many of us have felt over the last months and been so lamentably unable to express to others. Please read it!”
“I feel that Michael Morpurgo has enabled the reader to empathise with the plight of the farmer in these harrowing and distressing times. Once again, Morpurgo is not afraid to deal with death and other difficult topics in his childrens' books.”
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