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By Michael Morpurgo

A robust story of warfare, redemption, and a hero's journey--now on hand in paperback!

In 1914, Joey, a gorgeous bay-red foal with a particular go on his nostril, is bought to the military and thrust into the midst of the struggle at the Western entrance. together with his officer, he fees towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. yet even within the desolation of the trenches, Joey's braveness touches the warriors round him and he's capable of finding heat and wish. yet his center aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left at the back of. Will he ever see his real grasp again?

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It’s a great night,’ he stated to us as he led us in. ‘It’s a good evening and all’s good. There’s mash and hay and water in there for you – I’ve given you additional this night, now not simply because it’s chilly yet since you prayed. you want to have prayed to that Horse God of yours simply because my Emilie awakened at lunchtime, sat up she did, and have you learnt first thing she acknowledged? I’ll inform you. She stated, “I needs to wake up, acquired to get their mash prepared for them once they get back. They’ll be chilly and tired,” she acknowledged. the one approach that German health practitioner may well get her to stick in mattress used to be to vow you additional rations this night, and she or he made him promise to head on with them so long as the chilly climate lasted. So move within my beauties and consume your fill. We’ve all had a Christmas current at the present time, haven’t we? All’s good, I inform you. All’s good. ’ bankruptcy eleven AND ALL was once to stick good for a time at the least. For the warfare without notice moved clear of us that spring. We knew it was once no longer over for shall we nonetheless pay attention far away thunder of the weapons and the troops got here marching throughout the farmyard every now and then up in the direction of the road. yet there have been fewer wounded now to herald and we have been wanted much less and not more to drag our ambulance cart backward and forward from the trenches. Topthorn and that i have been positioned out to grass within the meadow by way of the pond such a lot days, however the evenings have been nonetheless chilly with the occasional frost and our Emilie might regularly come to get us in prior to darkish. She didn't have to lead us. She had yet to name and we undefined. Emilie used to be nonetheless susceptible from her sickness and coughed very much as she fussed round us within the reliable. at times now she might heave herself up directly to my again and that i might stroll so lightly round the backyard and out into the meadow with Topthorn following shut in the back of. She used no reins on me, no saddle, no bits, no spurs, and sat astride me no longer as my mistress yet relatively as a chum. Topthorn was once simply that a lot taller and broader than me and he or she discovered it very tricky to mount him or even more challenging to get down. occasionally she might use me as a stepping-stone to Topthorn, however it was once a tricky manoeuvre for her and greater than as soon as she fell off within the try. yet among Topthorn and me there has been by no means any jealousy and he was once really content material to plod round beside us and take her on board each time she felt love it. One night we have been out within the meadow sheltering less than the chestnut tree from the warmth of the recent summer time solar once we heard the sound of an impending convoy of lorries strolling back from front. As they got here in the course of the farm gate they known as out to us and we regarded them because the orderlies, nurses and medical professionals from the sector health center. because the convoy stopped within the backyard we galloped over to the gate through the pond and regarded over. Emilie and her grandfather emerged from the milking shed and have been deep in dialog with the general practitioner. relatively abruptly we chanced on ourselves besieged via the entire orderlies we had come to understand so good. They climbed the fence and patted and smoothed us with nice affection. They have been exuberant but some-how unhappy whilst.

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