War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Our guest blogger and children's librarian, jan gillespie, writes about the novel War Horse:
World War One and the terrible slaughter to men on both sides is something to ponder, but do we ever give thought to the horses in the cavalry?
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo is a story told by an English farm horse, Joey. Joey has a strong relationship with Albert, the son of a farmer. Life is hard and it becomes even harder for Joey when Albert’s father sells Joey to an English Cavalry officer and it is off to war in France. Joey endures the hardships of war, living for a time on a French farm, being captured by the Germans and finally after sustaining terrible injuries in No Man’s Land, he becomes the property of the English again with a coin toss. Joey is able to understand language no matter if it is English, German or French and the antiwar message comes through.
War Horse is now a motion picture, but read the book before you see the film. You will be much richer for having read it.
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"Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.
Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know."
This young adult book (not just for adults!) is perfect for the season, and as lush and original a book as any I've read. And it just nabbed a National Book Award nomination to boot. Check it out!
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