Guest Post – Evan Shelton meets Michael Morpurgo
|The book in question|
As an avid Michael Morpurgo reader myself, my collection was not complete without this book.
In the Leeds town hall, which is a beautiful building, as remarked by Michael Morpurgo himself, me and my Mum went to see him speak.
He talked about how he could not come up with magical worlds like J.K Rowling but needs fact to an extent to inspire him.
Then he started talking about Walter Tull, the inspiration for the book, who was an orphan, black man and he was a wizard at football. He was so good that Arsenal signed up for him
but the First World War started and he became a soldier and the first black officer in the British army. He also said the book was about secrets.
On to the book, the way he read a Medal for Leroy was amazing as was the book.
|Meeting the author!|
During the reading he came up to the point where Leroy, Walter Tull’s Grandson, discovered his secret.
In my opinion, A Medal for Leroy is a fantastic book. I was completely engaged in how they had been banished (I’m not telling who). And also how things were covered up disgracefully
with secrets because they had to hide their own identity and race!
By Evan Shelton
Aged 9 years
|Enjoying a good read|