Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo

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I would however like to point out two things that I thought were a little strange. One, the name of the grandson is never told. Two, there is a slight difference in the story of getting Joey back between both books.
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Farm Boy is the heartwarming sequel to War Horse, the beloved novel that has been made into a hit play and a major motion picture.

For years, Joey was a war horse, pulling ambulance carts and artillery through the battlefields of World War I. When he finally returned home to Albert and the farm, he was treated like a hero. But his adventures had only just begun.

Now, generations later, Albert's son loves to tell his own grandson stories about the remarkable horse. He tells him of Joey's feats in the war, and of the time when the family risked everything betting that Joey could win a daring race. As he tells the stories, he slowly reveals a shameful secret--a secret that he's kept to himself for years.

This charming book speaks to the bond between generations, and captures the spirit of rural life and the love of horses.
 

About Michael Morpurgo

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British author Michael Morpurgo was born in St. Albans, Hertforshire in 1943. He attended the University of London and studied English and French. He became a primary school teacher in Kent for about ten years. He and his wife Clare started a charity called Farms for City Children. They currently own three farms where over 2000 children a year stay for a week and experience the countryside by taking part in purposeful farmwork. He has published over 100 books and several screenplays. He won the 1995 Whitbread Children's Book Award for The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the 1996 Nestle Smarties Book Prize for The Butterfly Lion, and the 2000 Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom. Private Peaceful won the 2005 Red House Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Five of his books have been made into movies and two have been adapted for television. He was named as the third Children's Laureate in May 2003. He currently lives in Devon.
 
Published November 28, 2011 by Scholastic Inc.. 115 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by newyorker on Aug 10 2012

I really enjoyed this book...a quick, easy and enjoyable read.

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Below average
Reviewed by SaiWish0221 on Feb 09 2012

I would however like to point out two things that I thought were a little strange. One, the name of the grandson is never told. Two, there is a slight difference in the story of getting Joey back between both books.

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