Listen to the Moon

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Michael Morpurgo, Listen to the Moon

HarperCollins. ISBN: 9780007339631

May, 1915.

Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scillies – injured, thirsty, lost... and with absolutely no memory of who she is, or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy.

Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy... ?

Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight, and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear.

WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony – and the music begins to resolve...


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Thekgo, Culleybackey College  10 out of 10


It was a really good book. It was interesting and I it kept on moving. It was never boring. It was touching that Alfie's family were ready to except a complete stranger and look after her no matter who Lucy was. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. I gave it 8 because I have very high expectations of books.


Ollie , Sullivan Upper School  8 out of 10


I thought this book was a great interesting book.It gave me a lot of inormation on what was happening! I would mark the book 8-9 out of 10, because there were some bits I did not understand. There were some words i couldnt understand but had to look them up ,But over all I myself thought the book was a great book and I would recommend it to children&Adults because they both would enjoy the Book!!!!!!


Grace, Sacred Heart College, Omagh  8 out of 10


This was a really slow starting book but got really exciting towards the middle. The setting of the story was different to anything I had read about the First World War before and it made me think about the ways the War affected people. The way the whole community reacted to Lucy was insightful because you can imagine small communities acting together in this way. I liked this book a lot!


Ewan, Other School  10 out of 10


Listen to the Moon was a very good book. It had lots of plot twists and cliff hangers that made me never want to stop reading. Michael Mopurgo has a very interesting imagination, I have loved all his books that I have read so far and Listen to the Moon was the best one yet! I felt sad when the characters were sad and happy when they were happy! There was even one bit when I couldn't stop myself from crying, but you will have to read it to find out where this is!


Ciara , Sullivan Upper School  8 out of 10


I thought this book was fantastic - it was one of the best Michael Morpurgo books ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favourite part was when Lucy aka Merry went back to Bryher.


Aoife, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  10 out of 10


Listen to the Moon was a interesting book. It had a good plot as it was based around the war. Even though the start was quite boring and the book didn't progress much. It started to get better. I think the best part was near the end when he explained who she was and where she came from. I was recommend this book to people who like mysteries.


Sunny, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  9 out of 10


I found this book incredible as it tells you in depth about the first world war and it really sucks you deep into it almost as if you are part of the story!!! I couldn't put it down, it was so amazing and I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those who like mysteries as I do. This book is mysterious and emotional and it is unlike any other I have ever read!


Maddy , Methodist College Belfast  10 out of 10


Micheal Morpurgo's books are not my style of reading because usaully they are really sad but once i started to read this book i couldnt put it down! (But i read it in 2 to 3 days) i almost cried in the middle of it and it was so touching and peaceful. Even if you dont like his style of writing i would recommend this to all of my friends.


Sarah, Sullivan Upper School  10 out of 10


Listen to the Moon is a really mysterious book with an enrapturing, moving plot. At the start I wasn't sure about Lucy, and had my suspicions too. I liked the chapters where we were given a bit more information about "Merry". My favourite bit was when I read the end of the book and everything finally made sense.


Junyu, Methodist College Belfast  10 out of 10


This book is really exciting. It is really mysterious at the start. My favourite characters are Lucy and Alfie. At the start I thought Lucy wasn't going to recover. Michael Morpurgo is a brilliant author I have read some of his other books like War Horse, Private Peacefu and The Elephant in the Garden. I would really recommened this book.


Ailish, Sacred Heart College, Omagh  10 out of 10


This book is amazing- infact the peole who are intrested in mysteries and an original plot will love this book! If I were to rate this book out of 10 I would give it a 9.5/10 I would reccomend that you read it and oh boy it is going to be hard choice to get a winner at this rate


Irene, Assumption Grammar School  9 out of 10


Absolutely brilliant! I have never read a book like it before in my life. The mystery in it was so catching I couldn't set the book down once I started


Molly, Carrickfergus Grammar School  10 out of 10


Listen to the Moon is a truly heart warming book. I liked the guessing. Guessing who Lucy was. Guessing what would happen and I love those types of books. I didn't like the jumping between storys though, because I was always waiting for it to jump back again.
This is another 10 star
(How am i going to choose one book when all these books a brilliant?)


Tomas, Portora Royal School  10 out of 10


An amazing book, so moving and mysterious that I couldn't put it down. Michael Morpurgo is a great author but this has to be one of his best books yet. Set in World War One, it tells the story of 'Lucy Lost' and how she rediscovers herself. This is the first Children's Book Award book I've read and if they're all this good it's going to be hard to choose a winner.


Beth, Assumption Grammar School  10 out of 10


This was a very moving book for me, and I loved the way it describes Lucy gazing up at the moon. And when she spoke at the end gave the book a twist in the tale. I would definitely recommend this book.


Jill, Sullivan Upper School  9 out of 10


Listen To The Moon was a good book, but very serious. If serious books are your thing, go for it, you will enjoy this book. The plot was good, fairly original, but some of the characters were a bit stereotypical. I did enjoy this book and would recommend it.


Amelia, Assumption Grammar School  8 out of 10


I liked this book because it was about World War I and I like to learn about History.
I would recommend this to other people.


Tori, Bangor Academy  8 out of 10


This book was awsome. I loved it. My favorite part was when she spoke at the end and Lucy 's (Merry) papa came trough the door. I would recommend this to all age group children - P7 and all teenagers. This is my first book to read from the book list. I can't wait to read more.


Grace, Sacred Heart College, Omagh  9 out of 10


This book was great! It was obviously about a war, but from a different perspective, and that was interesting. A gripping stroyline about 'Lucy Lost' rediscovering herself brought us to know her and the rest of the characters so well - and it is good to have a happy ending every once in a while too!


Martyn , St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena  10 out of 10


This book is amazing. It changed my life around!!! I love the way Michael Morpurgo makes you feel for the characters. One of the best books on earth I would say. Don't get me started about Alfie and how kind and considerate he was. The ending nearly made me cry when she spoke.


Lara, Assumption Grammar School  10 out of 10


I loved this book. I didn't have any favourite parts because I enjoyed the whole book from beginning to end. Especially when Lucy (Merry) spoke at the end. I thought that Alfie and Lucy were going to have something between them. I had that feeeling from when Lucy went out to feed the chickens with him. Really good book. Highly recommend for everyone to read!


Szabina, Sacred Heart College, Omagh  10 out of 10


Best Michael Morpurgo book yet! This book was just amazing!! I was so sad when "The Lusy" sank and when Celia was lost after Merry went to sleep, however, I loved when right at the end she spoke. Unforgettable!


Nathaniel, Portora Royal School  10 out of 10


I really liked this book. It was exciting. I couldn't put it down.I found it so interesting when they found Lucy on St. Healen's and was so fun reading this book. All of the fights that Alifie and Lucy had. The thing i liked best about the book was when it was a chapter about Lucy and the boat when her mother was sick. She was called up to play the piano and the missile hit the boat and it sank. That was so intresting and I really liked this book a lot.


Emma , Sacred Heart College, Omagh  10 out of 10


This book was very exciting! I would love to read this book again. I loved the part where 'Lucy Lost' spoke at the end. I found this book adventurous and it kept my interest throughout. I liked the character of Alfie because he took great care of Lucy.


Kara, Sacred Heart College, Omagh  10 out of 10


I liked this book because of the exitement about 'Lucy Lost's' arrival at St Helen's and the fights at the school that Alfie had.


Jonathon, Royal Belfast Academical Inst  7 out of 10


This book is VERY good and I loved it. I have never enjoyed any book so much! This book is sad but the ending is the best.


Szimonetta, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown  10 out of 10


An AMAZING book by Michael Morpurgo. I actually didn't like Michael Morpurgo's books that much (sorry!) but I think this is one of my favourite books. I haven't finished it but I think it will be AWESOME. I can't stop reading it.


Nishtha, Strathearn School  10 out of 10


Listen to the Moon is amazing! I think that it is probably Michael Morpurgo's best book yet. The part about the sinking of the Lusy was beautiful and I almost cried.


Luca, Portora Royal School  10 out of 10


Listen to the moon is a fantastic book and I loved the way it goes back and forth from each story....I liked Lucy's story the best


Jack, Portora Royal School  10 out of 10


Listen to the moon is a truly heart warming book about the first world war. The intensity shown during this book is unbelievable. I would highly recommend this book.


Andrew, Wellington College  9 out of 10