The Kites Are Flying!

An unforgettable story of how dreams of peace and unity can fly higher than any dividing wall. Television reporter Max travels to the West Bank to witness what life is like for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a huge wall, built by the Israeli government to separate their communities and faiths. There, Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said. Together they sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes one of his exquisite kites. But when Max is welcomed as a guest in Said’s home, he learns of the terrible events in the family’s past, and begins to understand why Said no longer speaks… Told from Max and Said’s dual points of view, this is a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope, with an ending that rings with joy.

“Trademark Morpurgo – a lovely story of hope and friendship amongst violence and grief.” Jill Murphy, Bookbag

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  • liked it

    It is quite sad but i like the idea of the kites!

    17 September 2011

  • loved it

    I love Michael Morpurgo’s books and this one really hits home the terrible conflict in the West Bank in just a few pages. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy called Said, and Max a TV reporter, who has gone there to film the conflict from both sides. Spending time with Said’s family, Max learns about the tragic events that took place there and how Said lives to make a dream come true. Overall this is a beautifully illustated and touching read.

    3 March 2011

  • This book looks like any other Michael Morpurgo book very interesting.

    17 April 2010

  • loved it

    An excellent book, with excellent illustrations. As a reader, I definitely felt involved within the story. I would recommend it to anybody.

    1 April 2010

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    Michael Morpurgo

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.


    Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.

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