- By Michael Morpurgo

The War of Jenkin's Ear

  • Title: The War of Jenkin's Ear
  • Author: Michael Morpurgo
  • ISBN: 9780749746896
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • The War of Jenkin s Ear Toby Jenkins friendship with an unusual new boy who claims to be Jesus makes life at boarding school somewhat tolerable even when conflict arises between the students and the boys from town

    Toby Jenkins friendship with an unusual new boy who claims to be Jesus makes life at boarding school somewhat tolerable, even when conflict arises between the students and the boys from town.

    1 thought on “The War of Jenkin's Ear

    1. Teaching introduced me to this author as the children were reading his work at school. Since then my Mum has been picking up the odd book for me and I have just started reading them. Great book! A really short read, and I had to remind myself that sometimes things in books don't have to make sense for it to be enjoyable, but I did really enjoy it!

    2. if i could, i would give this book 0 stars. i'm sorry but it is incredibly boring and i dreaded picking it up. unfortunately, i have a BAD habit of forcing myself to finish books even if i don't like them and this was the case for "the war of Jenkin's ear". i do not recommend.

    3. Very different from morpurgo's other books- aimed at older children. It would need thought before reading in school with younger children. Engaging story, enjoyable characters- with interesting, subtle characteristics and contradictions. On one level, a simple boarding school romp but all the characters are interesting including the teachers and matron. Interesting glimpse of adult relationships and tensions through the eyes of the children. Interesting reflections on class again partly through [...]

    4. It is the 1950s, and Toby Jenkins is a reluctant returnee to Redlands boarding school, where he doesn't fit in. Redlands boarding school is of course austere, with the usual array of clichéd teachers: the autocratic headmaster, the softer music teacher, the brusque but kindly matron, the bad weather and rugger-enthusiast PE teacher, the wacky and ridiculously accented French teacher I really could go on.Away from this world of adults, Wanda is the local working class girl who helps her mother i [...]

    5. Great book! A really short read, and I had to remind myself that sometimes things in books don't have to make sense for it to be enjoyable, but I did really enjoy it! Again, thanks so much for it!Not sure what I'll do with it yet - maybe take it to the convention where there are bound to be some childrens book lovers - we don't really have any at the Wellington meetup unfortunately!"Back at his boarding school for the new term, Toby Jenkins is homesick again, a familiar dread welling up inside h [...]

    6. My son introduced me to this author as they were reading his work at school. Since then I've been picking up the odd book for him but I have also been reading them. This is the story of Toby Jenkins, a pupil at a private boarding school in the fifties who befriends a new pupil Chistoopher.During the course of the term he has to balance his beliefs with events at the school.Good story and worth reading. Good for pre teen children too.

    7. This book is recommended for people who don't beleive in Jesus and God. This is about a boy's school called Redlands. Three boys called Christopher, Toby and Hunter who fight for peace and justice in the school. These three go through alot of things to get there justice and Toby and Hunter believe that Christopher is the next Jesus.

    8. I am always delighted when I discover a book by the author that I haven't read yet! Enjoyed this very unusual story set at a boarding school in England where everything changes through the arrival of a new boy, a boy with very special powers and gifts. But is he really who he claims to be? Most intriguing.

    9. When I bought this I just read the blurb at the back and it didn't really explain anything and plus it was written by Michael Murpurgo. But the story was really just a reflection of the story about Jesus and his disciples - but different - he only had two disciples and he didn't get crucified. I would of thought that it would of been more religious.

    10. Really interesting and thought provoking story. Set in a boarding school possibly in the 50/60s a new boy starts who confides in another boy that he has visions and believes he is Jesus reborn. The friendship of the boys is tested and they are accused of blasphemy, but what is the truth.

    11. I think I liked this so much since I enjoy books with prep schools, colleges etc as the setting. Good young adult read with a good message. The characters were engaging and a little quirky - I was glad a co-worker recommended it - thanks to Laurie!

    12. A remarkable book by a remarkable author. Really thought provoking. What would you do in this situation? I think this would be great for a book discussion group. Unfortunately we don't have any copies in the library for my book group to use.

    13. Read this book if you also like David Almond Books. This is now along with Private Peaceful and War Horse one of my favorite Morpurgo books. One for the older/teenage to adult reader.Not going to tell you anything about the story as I think you need to read and discover it yourself.

    14. Interesting, but not spiritually profound. The message is peace, not forgiveness. If this is a second coming of Christ, it is secret like the first and not open as the Bible says it will be.

    15. I was so confused when I read this; didn't have a clue what the book was about, start to finish! Nonetheless, it was incredibly interesting. Someday, I shall read it again.

    16. I read this book when i was much younger, great back then. My favourite character was hunter but I'm not sure quite how much i would enjoy it today. Still, perfectly interesting at the time.

    17. Morpurgo is a brilliant Author.This book is NOT. Guess he's allowed one off day. ALL his other books are better than this. This is too weird and off beat.

    18. Meh. The story hasn't affected me and I'll soon forget the characters. nothing really stood out. It took me longer than it should have due to it being so dull. The end was predictable and lame.

    19. It war a good book if you want to learn about the war but for me it was not a fun book to read but oval it was a good book

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