1. War Horse

by Michael Morpurgo

This is a heartfelt novel for young readers about a farm horse that is sold into the British army during World War I and finds himself on the Western Front. It was recommended by one of my 8th graders when he heard that we are going to learn about the world wars. So I was to read it.

It's a good little novel. The horse, Joey, tells us of his remarkable life in a way that seems quite horse-like. I suppose not all heroes need to be human.

The days of using horses in battle are over, thank goodness. What a horrible thing to do to them. But dogs are not as fortunate.

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