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A Horse Called Hero

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  113 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Bekah Booklover
May 31, 2014 Bekah Booklover rated it really liked it
Warning - Contains spoilers!!!!


Even though I am horse crazy, I probably would not have picked this book up as it seemed to be for younger readers. However, my 8 year old brother bought it from a a book sale at school, and I took to reading a couple of chapters to him every night. I was sceptical at first, I thought it was going to turn out too similar to a Michael Morpurgo book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think this book would be suitable for adults and children alike - it teaches
I enjoyed the soft melancholy of most of this book, but after a credibility stretching coincidence, it unfortunately turns to melodrama. With a plot and tone somewhat reminiscent of The Railway Children, I think this will have appeal to kids who enjoy quieter historical and/or animal stories. I thought the mixing in of real life with fiction was really well done and I appreciated the author's note at the end.

A few issues I had with the ARC, which may well be sorted out by the time the book is pu
Oct 11, 2014 Stacy rated it liked it
I'm not much of a horse book person, and I think the jacket gave away too much of the story, but this was a decent emotional ride.
As WWII threatens their London home, Wolfie and Dodo, the offspring of a decorated war hero, evacuate to the countryside. The woman with whom they are placed doesn't trust them in part because of Wolfgang's German-sounding name, and she turns them out. A local school teacher and her father, the town's vicar, take in the children and the foal that Wolfie has raised. The mistrust of the townspeople and their classmates is described eloquently as the Revels' father is charged with treason, and the ...more
Sam Angus, author of “Soldier Dog,” returns with another story of an animal in war-time. This time Angus focuses on the story of Hero, a colt discovered by a pair of siblings who have left London for the unfamiliar countryside to avoid the dangers of World War II. The story spans eight years, from the time the two children discover an orphaned foal and successfully (and in secret) raise the horse and train it until it is stolen. When Wolfie stumbles across Hero years later in dire circumstances ...more
Although this book was written in 2013 it reads like one of the old post-WW2 Penguin paperbacks, with leisurely and idyllic descriptions of the English countryside and the bewildered impressions of children whose lives are no longer familiar and comforting. Wolfie and his older sister Dodo are sent out of London to North Devon, to the small-minded Mrs. Sprig. The only good to come out of their stay is the foal they rescue, born in the out-of-doors and surviving his dead mother; Wolfie, who loves ...more
Ms. Yingling
Wolfie and Dodo live in London under the care of housekeeper Spud while their father is off fighting in WWII. He was awarded medals during WWI, but is reported as missing at about the same time as bombings in London increase, so Spud sends Wolfie and Dodo out to the country. They end up in the care of Mrs. Sprig, whose son is off fighting and who is not thrilled to have two small children with her. Wolfie's father is fond of horses (he still has a cavalry unit), so Wolfie is thrilled when he fin ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
This is such a heart-warming tale set in the England from World War Two. It follows the tale of two siblings, Dodo and Wolfie who are evacuated from London when their father, who is fighting in the war, is reported as missing. It was astounded to see Dodo’s maturity and how she dealt with the situation especially because Wolfie doesn't really understand what is happening. I think what really shines through in this book is the character development and how the children change giving the fact that ...more
Alex Baugh
Sep 22, 2014 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
It's 1940, and British soldiers have just been evacuated from Dunkirk, but Dodo (Dorothy) Revel and her younger brother Wolfie, 8, still haven't heard from their Pa, Captain Revel. When a telegram arrives, Spud, the children's housekeeper, tells them the sad news that their Pa is missing. Later that night, however, the children overhear Spud talking to someone that seems to indicate something else about Pa.

Next thing Dodo and Wolfie know, they are being evacuated to Dulverton, North Devon. Bille
Jan 06, 2015 Megan rated it liked it
As far as animal books go, this is a pretty decent one. It’s quite a bit similar to War Horse, but emotional in different ways. Taking place during WWII, the two main characters, Dodo and Wolfie (brother and sister) are evacuated from London to the country side to wait out the war in safety. One day while walking the fields, they come across an orphaned foal whom they name Hero (foreshadowing, anyone?) Together Dodo and Wolfie raise Hero, train him, and learn to ride. One day Hero goes missing ( ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Loulou rated it really liked it
The setting is London and the countryside, during World War II in the 1940's. Wolfie and Dodo's father is missing while fighting in the war. The housekeeper is taking care of them. When the bombing increases in London, the kids are taken out into the country and are put in the care of by Ms. Sprig. Wolfie finds a lost newborn colt, and nurses him back to health and continues to raise him. His father loved horses and had taught him all about them. A great relationship develops between the boy and ...more
Lori Hoegler
Nov 01, 2014 Lori Hoegler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Horse Called Hero is written in a classic horse story style. Think Black Beauty, Black Stallion or Michael Morpurgo. It is the gripping and emotional story of two siblings sent to the English countryside during WW2 to escape the bombings in London. Oh, but that's not all...their father has been accused of his actions and they are faced with the shame and personal conflict of his situation as well as condemnation from the community they are living in. Interlaced with their personal story is the ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a boy and a girl whose father is arrested for disserting his men and not following orders. The father was a decorated military man before this and they had always been proud of him. They end up having to flee the city during WWII and they have to go live in the country. They discover the villagers have turned against them for the deeds of their father. And the young boy discovers and keeps a horse throughout this whole time. This story tells of the love of a family and how ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Megs rated it it was ok
Last year I read Soldier Dog by Sam Angus and really enjoyed it. Well, maybe enjoyed isn't the right word, since I was bawling my eyes out every few pages, but for a book meant to make you cry, it was good.

Combining that with the fact that I love horses and I was excited when I got the chance to review A Horse Called Hero. Unfortunately, this one really fell short of my expectations.

I think my biggest issue was with the language Sam Angus used. It was very flowery and lyrical and I found it conv
Jun 17, 2015 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: 4th-grade, 5th-grade
Not a horse book person, but I chose it for my summer book discussion group (they like horses). I found the book to be slow at the beginning, and it took until chapter seven to really get interesting for was good. Heartbreaking at times, I found this to be a story that might draw kids in and teach them a little bit about WWII in England. I also enjoyed learning more about raising a horse. I'm looking forward to the discussion next week...there is a lot to talk about with this one.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
It’s wartime and London is no longer safe so Dodo and Wolfie, along with many other children, are forced to go and live with a family in the country. Their mother is dead and their father is off fighting in the war. Wolfie, who has dreamed of owning a horse, finds an abandoned, orphaned silver foal who is near death, names him Hero, and nurses him back to health. Hero is stolen and heartbroken Wolfie is determined to find him. This is a wonderful, heartwarming story of friendship, love, and trus ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
It is so great. I love the setting and EVERYTHING ELSE in the book, and i think that the characters are really cool
Susan Count
Mar 26, 2015 Susan Count rated it really liked it
Book has some well written fast paced horse scenes. Satisfying read with lots of interesting plot threads. Intense though... a horse dies in a bog and the MC's sister points a rifle at another C to get him to save a second horse in the bog.
Edward Sullivan
A historical novel set in WWII-era England. Good old-fashioned storytelling but a bit melodramatic.
Geo Cassanelli
Sep 13, 2014 Geo Cassanelli rated it liked it
Shelves: read-animals
A not so solid book in terms of plot. But the way Sam talks about animals catch me completely.
Dec 09, 2015 Raelynn rated it it was ok
could have been better. took a while to get to the plot
Jul 23, 2014 Melissa rated it it was ok
Meh. But it may be me; I'm not a horse book person.
Rena Sherwood
Yet another book that has a promising beginning and then plummets to ho-hum super-sentimental depths. It's as if this book was a horse and it ran away with Angus. Although Angus doesn't fall out of the saddle, she clings to a stirrup as she's dragged along. I was just skimming this book at the end just to see how it turned out.
Jan 05, 2014 Maria rated it liked it
A bit confusing sometimes.
Jul 25, 2015 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
really good. when the action happens it's fast and addictively good.
Sep 18, 2015 Kelsi_Betsy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Review to come.
Ivan Ripple
Ivan Ripple marked it as to-read
Feb 03, 2016
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