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A Horse Called Hero

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  17 reviews
On the brink of World War II, a family forced out of their London home flees to the country. Wolfie and his older sister Dodo are devastated to leave behind everything they’ve ever known, but they begin settling into their new life.

One day, they come across an orphaned fowl, which they raise as Hero, a strong and beautiful horse who lives up to his name when he saves the c
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Feiwel & Friends (first published August 29th 2013)
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Bekah Booklover
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Lori Hoegler
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
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
Megan (Megan Likes Books)
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
It is so great. I love the setting and EVERYTHING ELSE in the book, and i think that the characters are really cool
Edward Sullivan
A historical novel set in WWII-era England. Good old-fashioned storytelling but a bit melodramatic.
Geo Cassanelli
A not so solid book in terms of plot. But the way Sam talks about animals catch me completely.
Meh. But it may be me; I'm not a horse book person.
A bit confusing sometimes.
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