Michael Morpurgo's "The Butterfly Lion" won the Smarties Gold Award, and was shortlisted for the Guardian Award.
Michael Morpurgo has written more than 60 books for every age group. The Wreck of Zanzibar won the Carnegie Medal in 1996. The Butterfly Lion (Collins) won the Smarties Gold Award. He has been short listed for all the major awards, with King of Cloud Forest, War Horse, My Friend Walter (all Mammoth), to name but a few. Most recently, Kensuke's Kingdom (Egmont) won the Children's Book Award in 2000.
'A gripping and funny story that's never patronising, and witty illustrations by Tony Ross' -- Mail on Sunday 19980719 'Morpurgo writes in a direct, chatty style, in the first person. Ross's sketches are witty and full of fear ... or fury ... or fun. Just right for newly-independent readers.' -- Books for Keeps 19980501 'A brilliant story about making friends with a funny, slightly spooky twist' -- Parents News 19981101