War Horse

War Horse

Book - 2011
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Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.
Publisher: London : Egmont, 2011, c1982.
ISBN: 9781405250415
Characteristics: 181 p.

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debwalker Jan 25, 2012

2012 Oscars: War Horse, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, was nominated for best picture and had six nominations overall.


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captain_9
Mar 17, 2017

Amazing story. I love how it is from the point of view of a horse. It is so innocent. I also love the neutrality of the book. Must read!

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CroatiaVisit
Mar 17, 2017

Great historical fiction

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ANABELLE H. PORTER
Dec 21, 2016

A great book that I read myself and have seen it being read in reading groups! Touching story that is a pleasure to read!

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Wildflower238
May 29, 2016

This is a really great book.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

World War I. Told from the perspective of the horse, this book looks at the role of the British cavalry during the war. This novel will appeal to anyone interested in military history or with a soft spot for animals and companionship.

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GeorgieShafrenek
Aug 18, 2015

I read this before I saw the movie, and I hate to say it, but the movie was far better. I loved it though. A good book, easy read, but too much bad language for the age it was meant for.

sofialaveta Sep 05, 2014

This is one of the best books that I have read. I must admit that I usually read Sci-Fi or fantasy books but this is one that made my top ten. Even higher than Harry Potter!

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nat_cyr0
Feb 01, 2014

Absolutely loved this book, Joey the horse touched so may people, in so many different ways.

angiem99 Apr 30, 2013

I, on the other hand, ADORED this book! I read it in french but it was still amazing! It was hooking, full of epicness. It really made me think about love and friendship and how much it really means in life. How it's hard to break a strong relashionship with an animal you grew up with. I love telling the story to others. One of the best reads I've read by now :) I would definitely recommend this book!

bwortman Mar 28, 2013

I was wary about reading a novel narrated by a horse but this novel surprised me. Joey's voice is clear and straight forward and other than the conceit that Joey understands what every human being says, never becomes unbelievable. Joey is in many ways an observer in the novel. Of course, as a war horse, he does a multitude of tasks, but he serves as an intriguing mediator between the reader and the other characters he encounters. The harshness of World War I is depicted masterfully, never flinching from the realities of war but never becoming too gruesome for its target audience of children. A moving narrative of the animals that played such an important role in the war and insanity that is war, the novel is a wonderful story for all ages.

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captain_9
Mar 17, 2017

captain_9 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

angiem99 Apr 30, 2013

angiem99 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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hot_dog_stand
Aug 27, 2012

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Aug 06, 2012

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Jul 07, 2012

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needleninja
Jul 21, 2011

"Joey is a war horse, but he wasn't always. Once, long ago, he was a farm horse and a gentle boy named Albert was his master. Then World War 1 came along and changed everything. Albert's father sell Joey to the army where the beautiful, red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off of battlefields. Among the clamoring of guns, and plodding through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end. And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?"

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