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“Something’s up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it’s all anyone talks about. It’s like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we’ll ever see the sun again.”

It’s 1943. Battles are raging across Europe, but the idyllic seaside village where Lily lives is scarcely touched by the war. But one day, Lily’s family and 3000 other villagers are told to leave their homes: no exceptions, no arguments. Soon the whole area is blockaded by razor-wire and keep-out signs, behind which Allied forces prepare for D-day. But no-one tells Adolphus Tips, Lily’s beloved cat, where he can and can’t go. And when Adolphus disappears into the danger zone, with Lily in pursuit, what they find behind the barbed wire will change their lives forever… Vividly evoking rural England during the Second World War, this heartwarming and insightful book poignantly explores the human legacy of the war.

“A master storyteller at his best.” The Sunday Times

“From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller.” Guardian

Product Details

Catalogue number

6327 in Schools Catalogue 2022/23







Date published

February 6th, 2006

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.8; Middle years; 4.0 points

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  • 192 pages



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  1. Sanne
    on 24 March 2011

    Liked it :)

    I did like the book, my mark for this book would be 8+.
    I command this book to all children about 8 years old.

    1out of 5

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  1. panda10189
    on 6 March 2017

    i am enjoying it. you should check it out!

    4out of 5
  2. Areds123456789
    on 12 October 2016

    I’ve readed this book in school and I think everyone should get a chance to read some that they’ve never red bofore because can get chance to learn some new stuff that you never new before

  3. emerald234
    on 3 October 2016

    When I started this book,I thought it would be boring, but then it got better and better!!! This is the one of the best books Read it

    5out of 5
  4. minecraft2006
    on 10 September 2016

    they try to fine there cat but to meny people were frighting her

  5. Ravenclawcat
    on 3 January 2016

    I would like to read this book, because I have read the nine lives of Montezuma- also by Michael Morpurgo.

  6. bluepeter123456
    on 7 October 2015

    I like Adolphus tips because it is a good story.

  7. skulduggerypleasantrules
    on 8 March 2014

    This book is OK. I borrowed it from school read it but my little sister ripped one of the pages and its not mine!

  8. Booklover0109
    on 5 March 2014

    This book was brilliant and a page turner too!!!

    This book is about boy who gets a letter from his gramma and the story goes into the time when the gramma was young and when the war was and it all starts with her cat…

  9. natdog
    on 10 July 2013

    Awesome, Best Book ever, read yourself, you’ll love it. Classic Morpurgo Brilliance

    5out of 5
  10. Chocolatelover10
    on 20 June 2013

    This book is one of the best books I have ever read I think Michael Morpugo is really talented this story is addcitive and really heartwarming and touching. I can not explain how amazing this story is.

    5out of 5
  11. Nashdasher
    on 9 March 2013

    This is one of the first Michael Morpurgo books I’ve read and it was so good I’ve read it twice!

  12. samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    This is another great story! I love all the suspense, and the description inside. A great book!

    5out of 5
  13. A4WideRuledRefillPad
    on 4 March 2013

    One of my first Michael Morpurgo books and I LOVED it. It is best not to read Michael Morpurgo books until you are year 5/6 so you can fully understand the meaning and feel all of the emotions.

  14. powerpush22
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is a got to read book because you get so into it and the heart thumping moments are so realistic.

  15. skyecapper316
    on 26 January 2013

    this book is a great book because it is set in the war it is about a great cat and it does some great things.

    I would recommend this book to all kinds of people it is a 5 star book no doubt in that!!

    5out of 5
  16. imi264
    on 15 July 2012

    This is my favourite book ever and will continue to be!!! This is a fantastic book and anyone reading this and thinking of buying this book, please, please get this book!!!!

    5out of 5
  17. jackconnor2001
    on 15 June 2012

    this is an amazing book so far because its about the world war and i really like reading books about the war. i think the author micheal morpurgo is very tallented and has wrote many many brilliant books such as private peaceful. if you havent read adolphus tips or private piceful you should.

    5out of 5
  18. smileitsfriday
    on 5 March 2012

    Tips is really sweet. * * * *

  19. nikki657
    on 4 March 2012

    amazing book love it

  20. dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

    This is a beautiful story with a beautiful ending I love it.

    5out of 5
  21. svjimmy
    on 4 March 2012

    I loved it and I thought it was a great story of true courage.

  22. booksrcul
    on 29 January 2012

    Aww! A beautiful ending.

    4out of 5
  23. Dazze-k
    on 20 October 2011

    this was sad and fun. i dont usally like this type of book but this book was cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  24. annie12
    on 8 July 2011

    i have heard of this book before and i think that i would like to read it because there is a cat on the front and i really love animals!

  25. cherry17
    on 3 March 2011

    I read this book at school and I loved it. It is based around world war 2. And is a really moving book you will love it if you have a go of reading it.

    5out of 5
  26. Lolaloo1
    on 3 March 2011

    Slightly sad at times but it is really sweet and has a heartwarming feeling to it. Great read.

    5out of 5
  27. osnapitzsafa
    on 1 March 2011

    I love this book I read it in class and it’s so fun to read. Lily is my favourite character and I hate it when she shouted at her dad. Her teacher called Mrs. Blumfield found out that her husband was missing and they could not find him. So lily feels sorry and stops calling her bloomers.

    4out of 5
  28. kitty1112
    on 21 February 2011

    It is an amazing book the best book i have ever read !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  29. Egghead
    on 14 February 2011

    A book definately worth reading! You’l be glad when you did

    5out of 5
  30. mtsmallchick
    on 25 January 2011

    Really great book about the war!!!!

    on 16 August 2010

    I loved this book it was so warm hearted and it was a really brilliant micheal morpurgo book and I love books about the war.

    5out of 5
  32. Hubert
    on 7 March 2010

    I loved the end and I loved Lilly because she was kind.

    5out of 5
  33. MrsEdwardCullen
    on 19 February 2010

    This is my favourite Michael Morpurgo story, its utterly amazing! For a start cats are my favourite animal and i love reading about the war, so as you can see this book was perfect for me. A novel that i carried on dreaming about for days! OMG! READ IT! :) x

    5out of 5
  34. Molly13579
    on 14 December 2009

    Hi This was an amazing book and I recommend it to anyone around my age of 8 as it let you know about the war and it was the first book of the author I had read and it kept me gripped right to the end. I am reading more by him now.

    5out of 5
  35. sunflower123
    on 9 December 2009

    I read this book and it was so good. It was in the world war 2 times.

  36. alidai92
    on 18 September 2009

    this book is one of the best books i have read !!!!!!!!!!!!

    it was fab

  37. Tottenham4lyfe
    on 13 August 2009

    this book was just soo brillant thanks michael morpurgo for making just such amazing books that makes me there . they’re soo good its like im in the story . i luv this book and it made me cry with sadness and happiness it was soo good i would reccomend it to any one it defently deserves a 10/10 like all of michael morpurgo’s books

    5out of 5
  38. CrazyCoo2
    on 11 January 2009

    I can’t wait to read this book! It is going to be brilliant book and I know that because all your books are brilliant! I hope you write more and maybe if he is reading this he could call the next book : The Cursed Island and there was a war going on so a girl went with her family to somewhere else and there, that’s where it started, the girl went out because she was in a huff for some reason and she went over a bridge across a garden and then she saw a boat, she went in it across to the Cursed Island but of course she didn’t see the sign and… Morpurgo can maybe finish the rest.

  39. dylly1101
    on 15 May 2008

    it is the most AMAZING BOOK EVER!

    5out of 5
  40. bookwitch111
    on 12 March 2008

    I am currently reading this book. I have found it brilliant. I got the book yesterday and I am already on page 72. It is about a grandmother’s diary from 1943. There is Lily, Barry and as far as I know he is called skunkhead. This book is brilliant. I would certainly recommend it for EVERYBODY. I rate it as 5 star.

    5out of 5
  41. CharlieGiraffe22
    on 11 March 2008

    For people who are questioning whether to read this or not, You should definatly read it. This is by far the best book I have ever read because I like books that are like a life diary, which is what this. So go and buy this book!!

    5out of 5
  42. quckers
    on 6 March 2008

    it is a really sweet book. i would have cried if i wasen t in school. morpurgo is as good as jk in my opinon!

    5out of 5
  43. Clevergirl
    on 28 February 2008

    It is really good. If you like history, animal or emotional books this is the one for you

    5out of 5
  44. Cheerio
    on 23 February 2008

    This book is really good because when I had red the first bit of it I got really into it and wanted to keep on reading and couldn’t stop reading.I liked the way Michael Morpurgo set the book out during war time and I liked the way he said that Tips had other ideas rather than going elsewhere.

    5out of 5
  45. magition111
    on 22 February 2008

    I love this book i thought it was great and would love to read it again

    4out of 5

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