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  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409025740
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

Black Queen




A clever and suspense filled story from an award winning author.

The 'Black Queen' is what Billy calls his shadowy next-door neighbour. She always wears a black cloak and a wide-brimmed black hat. She lurks about her garden, alone except for her black cat. Scarily for Billy, the Black Queen befriends him and asks him to look after her cat while she's away. Billy can't resist the opportunity to peek inside her house. There are chessboards scattered everywhere. Who is the Black Queen and what sort of game is she playing? Billy thinks he knows...

  • Published: 1 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409025740
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

About the author

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo has written over 120 books, many of them award-winning. His most well-known work, War Horse, was adapted into a multi-Oscar nominated film by Steven Spielberg, and a widely-acclaimed play at the National Theatre.

In 2003 Michael became the third Children's Laureate, a position he helped create with the poet Ted Hughes.

With his wife, Clare, he set up the charity Farms for City Children, and for their pioneering work they were both awarded the MBE in 1999.

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Praise for Black Queen

Michael Morpurgo is a master of the first person narrative: when he embarks on a story he doesn't keep you waiting - he simply grips your hand and helps you on board

Telling Tale

Morpurgo writes like a dream

Literacy and Learning

One of today's greatest storytellers

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