Month: October 2016

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

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It is 1914, and Joey, a farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of World War I on the Western Front.  When Joey is dragged away, his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he is forced to leave behind.

In the army the beautiful red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off the battlefields.  Amongst the clamoring of guns and while plodding through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end.  And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?

Runner up for the Whitbread award.

 

 

 

Underground soldier by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

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Luka escapes from a brutal German slave-labour camp, desperate to make his way back through the mountains to Kiev and his father .. and then to find Lida if she is still alive.

A companion story to Stolen Child and Making bombs for Hitler.

The other side of summer by Emily Gale

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Summer is trying to recover from a tragedy, but it seems impossible when her family is falling apart around her.  Having an extraordinary best friend like Mal helps a little, but Summer’s secret source of happiness is a link to the past : one very special guitar.

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“Summer Jackman is prickly, sad, funny – and absolutely loveable.  This pitch-perfect story is full of hope and magic. Exquisite and unforgetable”