A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus

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A beautifully written, heart-rending story of the very special importance of a horse in the lives of two children during Second World War. Dodo and Wolfie are evacuated to Devon when their father, a war hero from the First World War with a Victoria Cross to show for his bravery, is charged with desertion during World War Two. In the country, Wolfie adopts an orphaned new born foal who becomes the centre of his life representing everything good he believes about his father. How the two children deal with the charges against their father and how he proves his innocence provides a dramatic and emotional story set against a background of both kindness and cruelty from among the villagers with whom they live.

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A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus

It is 1940. As the Second World War escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and her horse-mad little brother Wolfie are evacuated to the country, away from everything they know. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal. They name the horse Hero for surviving against the odds and together they raise him, train him, and learn to ride. Their days are suddenly full of life and excitement again, but the shadow of war looms over their peaceful existence, and soon Hero must live up to his name...

Sam Angus made his debut with the bestselling Soldier Dog.


New title from Soldier Dog author with much appeal to Morporgo fans. Great writing, heroic animals and wartime adventure. The Bookseller's Buyers Guide This book is full of suspense, sorrow and mystery. If you like books like War Horse then you will enjoy this book. I really enjoyed this story and really identified with the characters. -- Reader Review First News By combining real historical events with the interplay between child and beast, Angus has hit a formula that resonates with children from all backgrounds. The Telegraph Immaculately researched and based on true events, Angus's novel has all the warmth, charm and poignancy of The Railway Children and is a wonderful addition to children's wartime classic fiction. Lancashire Evening Post I gave the book five out of five because of the front cover and also because of the characters.I think the book cover looks very sad. Because the person who has drawn it has used nice dark shades. To make you think that it is very sad Schools Book Club An entertaining read and the inclusion of emotional letters from father to son brings the story to life and will melt the hardest heart The Guardian Children's Books

About the Author

Sam Angus

Sam Angus has five children and eleven horses and splits her time between Exmoor and London (the horses stay very much on Exmoor). She has been an English teacher and a fashion designer, but is now focusing on writing full-time.

Of her first novel, Soldier Dog:

IS SOLDIER DOG A TRUE STORY? Some of the events of the life of Soldier Dog are drawn from the lives of two dogs, Airedale Jack and Satan, one a British messenger dog, the other a French messenger dog. Go to www.soldierDog.net and read all about the historical context and the work of the dogs, as well as about the battle of Villers-Bretonneux. HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU DO?
Years of research, mostly in the library of the Imperial War Museum. There is very little available written material on dog handlers in the first world war, mostly because they tended to be drawn from the country, from the world of hunting or faming, or fishing, so they were not on the whole, educated or likely to write much down. Go to www.SoldierDog.net for more about this.

Her 2nd novel is The House on Hummingbird Island.

Photo credit Nick Harvey

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

29th August 2013




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