Twist of Gold

Twist of Gold Sean and Annie have one chance to escape the potato famine in Ireland and after surviving a shipwreck they land safely in America in search for their father But their new land is one of hardship and

  • Title: Twist of Gold
  • Author: Michael Morpurgo Oliver Burston
  • ISBN: 9781405229289
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sean and Annie have one chance to escape the potato famine in Ireland, and after surviving a shipwreck they land safely in America in search for their father But their new land is one of hardship and they live in poverty on the streets of Boston However, their adventure is just beginning After living aboard a steamboat they then join pioneers traveling across the prairiSean and Annie have one chance to escape the potato famine in Ireland, and after surviving a shipwreck they land safely in America in search for their father But their new land is one of hardship and they live in poverty on the streets of Boston However, their adventure is just beginning After living aboard a steamboat they then join pioneers traveling across the prairies Their music and dancing bring joy to all they meet, but their family torc a golden necklace brings both blessings and curses, and thieves prowl to get hold of it Annie and Sean must protect their torc as they search for their father their family s survival depends on it.

    Twist of Gold Michael Jul , Michael Morpurgo has been awarded the Smarties Prize, the Whitbread Award, the Circle of Gold Award, and the Children s Book Award for his children s fiction His books include Animal Stories , Beowulf , Out of the Ashes , Private Peaceful , and War Horse. Twist of Gold by Michael Morpurgo Feb , Twist of Gold is yet another Morpurgo gem It tells the story of Sean and Annie who have grown up in Ireland with their family However, with the arrival of the English, the land that they love has become a plague ridden one where many starve during the Children s Book Review Twist of Gold by Michael Morpurgo Twist of Gold When, in the Ireland of , a sudden blight reduced the countryside to a pungent mass of black rot and left the people starving, an English dragoon helps Sean O Brien, , and his year old sister, Annie, to leave their ravaged homeland. Twist of Gold by Michael Morpurgo Storyboard by hollly Image Pack Each cell in your storyboard will be exported as a standalone image in a zip file Best For Presentations, App Smashing High Resolution Image Download one giant image of Twist of Gold by Michael Morpurgo OverDrive Rakuten With only the gold torch that Annie wears as a necklace to protect them, they embark on a long and dangerous journey But will they ever be reunited with their family Twist of Gold is an epic adventure, a classic novel by the masterful storyteller and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo. michaelmorpurgo We would like to show you a description here but the site won t allow us.

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    1. Michael Morpurgo Oliver Burston

      Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the Second World War, then returned to London, moving later to Essex After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write He left teaching after ten years in order to set up Farms for City Children with his wife They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals In 1999 this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books.

    848 thoughts on “Twist of Gold”

    1. Twist of Gold’ is yet another Morpurgo gem. It tells the story of Sean and Annie who have grown up in Ireland with their family. However, with the arrival of the English, the land that they love has become a plague ridden one where many starve during the Potato Famine and where there is little hope for the future. As the novel opens, they have already lost three young siblings, their father has gone away to America in order to seek their fortune (although they have not heard from him in months [...]


    2. Michael Morpurgo often bookends his novels with a framing device: an adult looking back into childhood, for example.Here there is half of his usual outline: the beginning tells us that this is a child's memory of a grandmother's story. To a degree, it is unnecessary, though it does let us know that the 'twist of gold' - the ancient torc of the O'Brien's must somehow have stayed in Annie's hands all the way from Ireland to California. On the various occasions it is lost and stolen, this provides [...]


    3. One of those occasions where you shouldn't revisit a happy memory - we read this as a family when it was published in 1983 and loved it. Two children's adventures travelling from Cork to California to escape the Famine and find their father are full of incident and every kind of 19th century American image is ticked off: riverboat captains, wagon trains, mountain men, kindly black servants, to the extent that it becomes a bit cliched. That and the insufferable 'tis-es and to be sures that issue [...]


    4. i had to keep on re-starting this book as it didn't catch my interest at first, but when i was left with nothing else to read, i finished it. It's set in the famine in Ireland. Brother and sister, Sean and Annie, have a chance to escape the famine, but they have to leave their dying mother behind and search for their father.Micheal Morrpurgo was my favourite author for a very long time when i was younger, and still have a lot of love for a few of his books but this one would not be one of my fav [...]


    5. Annie was brilliant. She was the pinnacle of innocence and reminded me of myself when I was younger. Sean represented strength and determination very well also. These characters were absolutely fantastic. However I felt like the plot, although littered with obstacles, seemed to let the children off lightly on occasion. They got away with far too much and met far too many 'nice' people who were willing to help them on their journey at the risk of their own lives. But hence it's a childrens novel, [...]


    6. I have very mixed emotions about this story. As an Irish girl, I think that the accents Morpurgo gave to each character were not very accurate, I feel that he neglected researching Irish culture and wrote each character as an Irish stereotype: the fiery girl with a sharp tongue that can do the Irish jig, the brave irishmen that plays a fiddle. I would have loved more depth within each character, there is more to them than their traditions. However, the actual story line was interesting. I loved [...]


    7. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a young nineteenth century Irish brother and sister. The story of their escape from starvation during the potato famine, their near death adventures while traveling to and across America to find their father, and of the selfless generosity and kindness of friends made along the way, was inspiring. A 'feel good' tale and an easy read that moves along at a cracking pace.


    8. in my other book review i said about 'EVERYTHING EVERYTHING' being one of my favourite books tho this one definitely beats it because it reminds me of the things that used to happen back in the olden days.



    9. This is a book about a journey taken by two Irish siblings, Sean and Annie, to find their father in America. Set in harsh times, the story revolves around their trial and tribulations, particularly the people they've met who tried to help them the best that they could to reach their father. I will be brief in this review. I like the way the story started, the way it highlighted the distaste the Irish people have against English military men. It was interesting and Will's character was likable. I [...]



    10. So, review time. I'm fully aware that Morpugo is a children's author and now I sometimes feel a bit shady browsing the teen section in book stores. But we have Morpugo on the shelf and I would not hesitate to purchase him from the children's section ever.The imagery he presents is astronomically wonderful. Each environment you are sat amongst the characters in an almost stop motion shot from a movie."You'd better bring that little boy with you. I have never liked boys, Martha, as you know. - Suc [...]


    11. I’ve loved every single one of Michael Morpurgo’s books that I’ve picked up since I first read Why the Whales Came many years ago. He is, in my opinion, one of the best older children’s authors still writing, and Twist of Gold serves as a wonderful reminder of why that is.The story of Twist of Gold follows two children as they journey from Ireland to Boston and then onwards through America in search of their father. Along the way, they are helped by a string of supporting characters who [...]


    12. This book made me happy. Very happy. I felt Annie and Sean were very complex characters, I always like that in a book. Though simple in places, I felt that it was justly so - it is a children's book [sort of:] as it is so it had to be un-complex. The relationships they made, the hardships they faced, it was easy to feel the way they did - be it happy, sad, elated or grieving. From their first friendship in Will, to their time on the boat, to the family-esque relationships they had with Little Lu [...]


    13. I was a little disappointed with this book. The central characters were engaging enough but the dialogue was stilted at times and some of it very stereotyped. I didn't get much of a feel for the children's Irishness. On occasions too I found myself a bit incredulous and wondered whether Morpurgo's research was sound. Often he writes beautifully about animals but this was also missing and the only "buffaloes" mentioned were skeletons and the other wildlife earned passing mention only as a source [...]


    14. This is a challenging book I read it to my mum every night and she kept on crying (she is very emotional) anyway this was a great read i would recommend it to anyonethis is what the back of the book says:Sean and Annie have one chance to escape the potato famine in Ireland, but they have to leave their dying mother behind. They travel in search of their father, across rough seas, to a new land of hardship: America.There they busk in city streets, run a riverboat, join a wagon train across the pr [...]


    15. Ever since my cousin introduced my to War Horse, I have picked up any book I can find by this author. The stories always draw you in, they are not always the sweetest by any means but are told in a way a child can understand without being very upsetting. This one is no exception. Sean and Annie are traveling across 'Merica to find their father and meet some nasty characters, as well and some lovely characters along the way. If this was based in the modern day I think it would be a very different [...]


    16. I found the novel twist of gold interesting although rather tedious at times. it is about two children Annie and Sean who were forced to escape the potato famine in Ireland leaving their dying mother behind. they set off (by boat) to America in search for their father who had left ireland many years previously to create safe and healthy home for his family in america. Throughout the book the children managed to survive a shipwreck and endured poverty and hardship. I was glad to find that the sto [...]


    17. This was the book our glass had to read in class when I was about 10I always remember this book It just is one of the books that stays with you for a long time.The book is about brother and sister Sean and Annie who have to run away from Ireland to California to escape poverty and famine but to do this they have to leave their dying mother at home. They have to go on a massive journey with only the family torc given by their mum for protection. It's a emotional and heartwarming book and I will d [...]


    18. Sean and Annie are befriended by a British dragoon during the English occupation of Ireland during the potato famine and he helps them to emigrate to 'Merica in search of their father who had left some time before. From danger and bullying on the sailing ship, a shipwreck, the friendship of a free black servant and two wealthy old ladies to persecution at the hands of a bounty hunter and a wagon train scout, the children's lives are filled with adventure and hardship in their quest.


    19. We purchased this book while in Britian hoping to find something as a sort of keepsake of our trip. While I wouldn't consider it a strong cultural book, it was an entertaining kids tale of immigrant pioneers. It was very coincedental, and fairly predictable, but I thought it was a good read especially for the younger audience it is tailored to (kind of in the same vein as The Work and the Glory series, but geared for kids - and without the religous elements).


    20. I have not once come across a weak novel by Michael Morpurgo, and in this latest offering, we find a storyteller who knows what he's up to. Set in the time of the Irish Potato Famine, Morpurgo creates a vivid and stunning image of the poverty of Ireland and also manages to capture the air of American soil at the same time. I don't think I'll ever come across a weak book by this author, and I definitely plan to read more!


    21. I picked this up from the school library to see if this was something to use with a class. Somehow it got moved from bedside table to bag for two months, now at the end of term and all books being recalled to the library, I finally sat down with it. A sweet story of the possible adventures of the Irish fleeing the potato famine and making their way in the new world. Not particularly credible, but a number of interesting themes are raised.


    22. As ususal one finds variuous adventures along with twists and turns in Morpurgo's books. This book is no exception. Those who are intersted in histotical fiction, this one is for them. Making historical fiction intersting is not easy. Introdction and ending of the story really makes one to enjoy the narrative style of Morpurgo. Sean and Anne leave Ireland to look for their father who travles to America. How these two children make their way to find father is the story.


    23. Sean and Annie have one chance to escape the potato famine in Ireland, but they must leave their dying mother behind. They travel in search of their father, across rough seas, to a new land of hardship: America. There, they busk in a city street, run a riverboat, join a wagon train across the prairies, and dig for gold. It is a long and dangerous journey but their family’s survival depends on it.


    24. A great book for a bedtime read. I read this to my 9 year old son and 8 year old daughter. They loved identifying with the two main characters. The story is a historical fictional epic adventure with sadness and joy in equal measure, a roller-coaster way to a happy ending. There are various good and bad characters in this tale which overall is heartwarming and in the Murpugo style we are used to - emotional, believable, learned, at times harsh, but full of hope.


    25. This is arguably my favourite book ever. It is basically about a brother and sister who leave the Potato Famine in Ireland to head to America to try and find their Father. The story is once again narrated by Michael Morpurgo and is a really great happy-adventure novel of the brother and sister heading across the Atlantic and through the US. I would definitely recommend this book. The book has a slightly slow start but if you keep reading you wont't put it down.


    26. Sent to me by K-J-H while I was at summer camp - I had already read it, but as Morpurgo is one of my fave childrens authors so I re-read itjust as good as the first time!The story is about two children who flee Ireland during the potato famine to search for their father in California and the adventures they have on the way.


    27. 4.5 starsAnother book I read quite a few years ago and enjoyed, then picked up again now and enjoyed just as much. There were of course some things I didn't agree with, but that is expected of a book like that. Such a sad but happy book (which managed to make me chuckle aloud a few times) and easy read.


    28. Set in the time of the potato famine in Ireland I'm still not sure if this tale of 2 childrens voyage and trek across America to find their father in California was written for children or adults. Whichever, it is a very readable story although I did feel that the last few chapters were rather rushed.


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