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A Horse Called Hero Hardcover – July 1, 2014

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Ed 1st Printing edition (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250045088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250045089
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of Soldier Dog (2013) shifts from WWI to WWII. Sent down from London to the safer countryside in 1940, 8-year-old Wolfie and his sister, Dodo, spend the war years in Exmoor, doing their best to ignore villagers’ gossip about their father, a WWI cavalry hero now imprisoned and charged with desertion after the events at Dunkirk. Wolfie finds and raises a young foal he names Hero after his missing father, who advises and encourages his son via letters: “You must never, never break trust with a horse.” Wolfie’s efforts to keep that trust are the meat of this moving story. In the riveting climax, he recovers his stolen horse, sold to work in the coal mines, only to be trapped in a mine disaster. “Courage is . . . when you’ve no choice,” he remembers his father saying. There’s plenty of food for thought here—for example, the issues of mine worker’s rights and war opposition—but readers will remember best the determined boy’s passion for his beloved horse. Grades 4-8. --Kathleen Isaacs


"... a big, satisfying tale of friendship, family, and war." - The Horn Book
"A horse named Hero inspires his young owner to heroics in this suspenseful coming-of-age novel . . . Adventure, a horse, faithfulness and truth - an arresting combination." - Kirkus Reviews
"There's plenty of food for thought here - for example, the issues of mine worker's rights and war opposition - but readers will remember best the determined boy's passion for his beloved horse." - Booklist

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By Judy Brophy on October 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
To quote my 12 year old daughter who read this book recently. "I loved this book it's description and plan out is mesmerising.
It shows how war is not only about the soldiers, but also about their families having to live and revolve around it,
and Wolfgang and Dorothy do just that (main characters)"
p.s beautiful description of horses.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I love this book so much! It is a bit sad, but super exciting and heartwarming. To the raising of a foal, to the loss of one. By far one of my favourite book!!!!!!
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