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War Horse

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Key Stage 3 Adventure Stories

LoveReading View on War Horse

Michael Morpurgo’s tender story of Joey, a brave hearted farm horse who finds himself caught up in the horrors of war, cleverly conveys both the violence and the occasional compassion, which occurs during conflict. A classic story of animal courage and bravery.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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*** There is a stunning new hardback edition of War Horse, beautifully illustrated by Rae Smith, the stage designer of the epic theatre production. Click here to find out more.

War Horse Synopsis

In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him.

The book has been turned into a film by Steven Spielberg - you can see a trailer below.

War Horse Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review War Horse. You can read their full reviews by Clicking Here.

  • Lauren M, age 11 - 'This book is amazing...If you like or really love horses this is a book for you.'  
  • Layla K, age 11 - 'If you love or like horses read this book - it is brilliant! You will love it.'  
  • Jessica Bolton, age 10 - 'Although there are some sad parts it’s an amazing adventure of a normal horse sent to war.... A sad but exciting story.'  
  • Ryan Tamplin - 'War Horse is a long and sad book about a horse called Joey who is in a war and at the end he is stuck in no-man’s land.'

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405226660
Publication date: 6th August 2007
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Adventure Stories

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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