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Olly’s brother Matt has always wanted to be a clown, and when he sees the pain of Africa’s orphaned children, he decides to go and help them, bringing them laughter. Behind him, Matt leaves his family and his heartbroken sister, Olly. Olly misses Matt desperately. Then she finds an orphaned baby starling in the garden, and names him Hero. But Hero has to make his own long and perilous flight to Africa, to join the other swallows there… The three stories of Olly, Hero and Matt are woven into one powerful and moving novel which explores the horror of war and loss, but celebrates the endurance of the human spirit.

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AR book level: 5.1; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 128 pages




Michael Morpurgo

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  1. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    i liked it a bit.

    4out of 5
  2. zippy123
    on 5 March 2014

    short book I would definitely recommend.

  3. lips456
    on 4 March 2014

    such a cute story about the love of a brother and sister.

    5out of 5
  4. Nashdasher
    on 9 March 2013

    I really like the way you get 3 different points of view it’s really interesting.

  5. lap312i
    on 8 March 2013

    it sounds kind of sad

  6. Helloioioi
    on 8 March 2013

    quite sad.

  7. evil-penguin
    on 4 March 2013

    Dear Olly really makes you know what the characters in the book are feeling,so when the girls brother leaves you really know how she felt. I thought this was a great book, one of the best books Morpurgo has written, and would recommend Dear Olly to anyone!

  8. powerpush22
    on 19 February 2013

    It was amazing because of the three perspectives!

  9. labrinthlover90
    on 6 November 2012

    Dear Olly is an extremely good book to read because Matt helps people and it is always good to help people in need.

    5out of 5
  10. lemonade123
    on 12 May 2012

    A very heart warming story told in 3 perspectives: Olly’s,hero’s and olly’s brothers. You’ll be sure to cry :)

  11. cowmoo1170
    on 2 March 2012

    The ending was rushed but all in all amazing!

    4out of 5
  12. AmyXx
    on 1 March 2012

    Loved this book so much! Very sad but good. Love this. Deftly read it!

  13. booksrcul
    on 29 January 2012

    This book taught me about sparrows, surprisingly!

    4out of 5
  14. pawprint2
    on 7 January 2012

    So sad i wish they knew that it was hero :(

    I <3 Michael Morpurgo


    5out of 5
  15. Monkey21
    on 17 August 2011

    I really liked this book. But it was also quite sad. I felt really sorry for all the children in the war area. But I would really recommend this book.

  16. emilythetiger
    on 10 July 2011

    my freind at school, ceri she is reading it. i whant it

    5out of 5
  17. monkey00
    on 3 March 2011

    I was in my guiding readin group and it was my friends turn to choose. And she chose this. I didn’t really like the look of it, but by the end i loved i o bits i wanted to read it over and over again.

  18. Cleosly
    on 9 December 2010

    This book is amazing!!!!! This book is about a boy (Matt) his sister (Olly) and her mother. Matt finally got the job he has been waiting for (vet),but decides to be a clown in africa, his family are very sad and try and stop him but still he goes and tells his sister to take care of the swallows (loves swallows, they fly to Africa) This book tells three stiffs all revolving around Matt (Olly, Hero(swallow) and Matt’s story) I found this book very sad. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 5. As always another brilliant book by Michael Murporgo.

    5out of 5
  19. Molly13579
    on 10 November 2010

    I realy enjoyed the book. From KIm Rawlings Michael Morpugo Super Fan

    5out of 5
  20. LilHellokitty
    on 8 March 2010

    Its a very sad story but it makes you think about children who have nothing. Good Book and really interesting.

    4out of 5
  21. charlett10
    on 29 September 2009

    It looks gr8 i have never seen this book before but i would like to rade it!!!!!!!!=)

    5out of 5
  22. CharlieGiraffe22
    on 17 January 2009

    Dear Olly is about a girl named Olly whos brother runs away to Africa to help look after sick people. I would definatly recomend this book to EVERYONE IN THE WORLD!!

    5out of 5
  23. lpolso19
    on 31 August 2008

    It is a really good book

    5out of 5