War Horse

Morpurgo, Michael

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
War Horse
World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse is sold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer's son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2010, c2007
ISBN: 9780439796644
Branch Call Number: J FIC M
Characteristics: 165 p. ; 20 cm.


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Sep 05, 2014
  • sofialaveta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books that I have read. I must admit that I usually read Sci-Fi or fantasy books but this is one that made my top ten. Even higher than Harry Potter!

Feb 01, 2014
  • nat_cyr0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely loved this book, Joey the horse touched so may people, in so many different ways.

Aug 07, 2013
  • angiem99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I, on the other hand, ADORED this book! I read it in french but it was still amazing! It was hooking, full of epicness. It really made me think about love and friendship and how much it really means in life. How it's hard to break a strong relashionship with an animal you grew up with. I love telling the story to others. One of the best reads I've read by now :) I would definitely recommend this book!

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was wary about reading a novel narrated by a horse but this novel surprised me. Joey's voice is clear and straight forward and other than the conceit that Joey understands what every human being says, never becomes unbelievable. Joey is in many ways an observer in the novel. Of course, as a war horse, he does a multitude of tasks, but he serves as an intriguing mediator between the reader and the other characters he encounters. The harshness of World War I is depicted masterfully, never flinching from the realities of war but never becoming too gruesome for its target audience of children. A moving narrative of the animals that played such an important role in the war and insanity that is war, the novel is a wonderful story for all ages.

Dec 17, 2012

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Dec 14, 2012
  • onarock rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

enjoyed the book, but would have been great to read when i was reading black beauty and the jack london books, etc., it was a quick uplifting read...

note: i don't think horses should eat buttercups???

Nov 06, 2012

Looking forward to reading this after finding out the upcoming Melbourne stage production is based on this book.

Aug 27, 2012
  • hot_dog_stand rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is one of the best books and I liked every part of it.

Aug 09, 2012
  • alycepage rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I love that this story is told from Joey, the horses perspective. It allows the reader to see the horrors of war without any of the political issues or choosing who the enemy is. Joey encounters good people on both sides of this war, and sadly less than kind humans on both sides. This novel begs us to find our inner 'humanity', the word itself a huge irony.

Jun 29, 2012
  • FlynnLives rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

People are silly. They will 9 times out of 10 tell you that the book was better than the movie. This is not the case here. The movie was a barrel of EpiC. This book, in short, and by comparison, was a reading FaiL.

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Apr 30, 2013
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Nov 07, 2012
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Aug 27, 2012
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Jul 21, 2011
  • needleninja rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Joey is a war horse, but he wasn't always. Once, long ago, he was a farm horse and a gentle boy named Albert was his master. Then World War 1 came along and changed everything. Albert's father sell Joey to the army where the beautiful, red-bay horse is trained to charge the enemy, drag heavy artillery, and carry wounded soldiers not much older than Albert off of battlefields. Among the clamoring of guns, and plodding through the cold mud, Joey wonders if the war will ever end. And if it does, will he ever find Albert again?"


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