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Not Bad for a Bad Lad by Michael Morpurgo
Everyone thinks this lad is bad, so it’s no surprise when he’s sent to Borstal. But then he starts work in the prison stable and something begins to change . . .
Morpurgo and Foreman weave an inspiring tale about what happens when someone is shown how to follow their dreams. Also includes a fact-packed historical section.
When a young boy gets a reputation for being naughty at school, he reacts by being the bad lad that everyone expects. Leaving school at 14, he becomes a thief and eventually ends up in Hollesley Prison. But Mr Alfie, the stable manager, decides to give the boy a chance, letting him look after the horses. Can this bad lad’s skill with horses save him from a life of crime and help him achieve his dreams?