Michael Morpurgo's novels for children have made him one of the most popular and critically acclaimed writers of his generation. He is the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Nestle Smarties Book Prize and has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His novel PRIVATE PEACEFUL, about two brothers serving in the First World War, featured on the shortlists of four major literary prizes. From 2003-2005 he was the third Children's Laureate. He set up the charity 'Farms for City Children', and for their pioneering work he and his wife were awarded the MBE in 1999.