Escape from Shangri-La

Cessie’s grandfather is a broken man. His own son has turned him away, and now he’s stuck in the place he fears most: a nursing home called Shangri-La. But Cessie still loves him, and she’s determined to help him escape and unravel the mystery of his past. It’s a past he remembers only in glimpses – a lifeboat, a tin of condensed milk, and a terrifying night on the beaches of Dunkirk in World War Two. With Cessie’s help, can her grandfather put the broken pieces of his life back together again?

  • A gripping and poignant war story by a major author
  • Explores the legacy of strife and loss in World War Two
  • Michael Morpurgo was Children’s Laureate for 2003-2005
  • His books include War Horse and Kensuke’s Kingdom

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    17 February 2016

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    This book is a mixture of feelings as for its as if you’re there.It also tells you how you shouldn’t judge a person how they look.It may even be one of your relatives.Additionally, you should always treat a person with respect even though you don’t know them however it does not mean to go wherever they go as for its for your own safety

    31 January 2015

  • This is a surprisingly moving book it is descriptive and amazing.

    8 March 2013

  • I love this book. I now want to know more about Dunkirk.

    5 March 2013

  • Escape from Shangri-la is a very emotional book, and it surprises you a lot if you actually read it, as you would expect Shangri-La to be some tropical island somewhere, but it is actually a nursing home!!!!!This book is a must-have and is great for people who like really emotional stories

    8 December 2012

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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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