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The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is a children's historical fiction book, set in Britain during World War II. It was written by Michael Morpurgo, and was published in 2005.

It's 1943, and Lily Tregenza lives on a farm in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the "townie" evacuees at school, her life is barely touched by the Second World War. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers are told to move out of their homes – lock, stock, and barrel.

Soon the whole area is out of bounds, as the allied forces practise their landings for D-Day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's cat, has other ideas – barbed wire and "keep out" signs mean nothing to her. Desperately, Lily searches for her cat – even to the point of endangering herself...

Reader's Reviews


Fantastic, brilliant book! I really loved the World War II story and setting. Every time I had to leave it, I wanted to get back reading it. I finished it really quickly, as it was so good! (Olivia, age 13).


FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!! I seriously recommend this book to everyone.


A great story which clearly showed how war effects everyone. I enjoyed the way the story ended and would happily read it again.


One of my favourite books, I've read it several times now. (Louis, age 13). Written on Thursday 31 May 2012.

5 Amazing book! I loved it and I finished it too quickly, I love the diary setting of the book & very touching.

(Kayleigh, age 9)

great but please can you send me a book review on the story of adolphus tips as i need it for school and my teacher is expecting a good one from me but pls do not make it complicated as i am dixlexic. thanx (Helena, age 10_)

Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 9+

Some characters die. A few potentially upsetting descriptions, although nothing too detailed or graphic.

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External links

  • See also a painting of Adolphus Tips, painted in 1986, by Portal Artist Frances Broomfield. Viewable at