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Morpurgo, Michael: Muck and Magic

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Morpurgo, Michael: Muck and Magic

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Morpurgo, Michael

Muck and Magic

Illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill Walker, 2019, pp64, [pounds sterling]8.99 978 1 4063 6458 3

Michael Morpurgo, an all-time favourite with children and adults alike, has created another absorbing and tender masterpiece.

Bonnie is a passionate and ambitious cyclist. Rigorously trained by her parents she is naturally delighted to be given a speed bike for her birthday. Until that morning, she had always known exactly what she was going to do with her life. She was going to be a triple gold medalist, just like her hero, Laura Trott. But that morning was to change her life completely.

Daring herself to go faster downhill, she is distracted by a group of horses in the field tossing their heads and shaking their manes and she fell on her back in the ditch. Her pride was hurt but there began a fascination and attachment to the three horses. She begins to purposefully cycle past the field every day. …

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