A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus
  

A Horse Called Hero

Written 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.

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

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 grew up in Spain. She studied Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, and taught A-level English before becoming a ski-wear designer. She lives between London and Exmoor with an improvident quantity of children, horses and dogs. Read more about the author here.

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Format

Paperback
288 pages

Author

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

28th August 2013

ISBN

9781447235774

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