A Horse Called Hero
Feiwel and Friends, 2013
Wonderful story about a boy and his horse, set in the turmoil of World War II in England.
Eight-year old Wolfie and his older sister Dodo live in London with a caretaker while their father is serving in the military. As bombing escalates, children are evacuated and sent to live with families in the country. They are stuck with a caretaker that doesn’t want them. Wolfie discovers an abandoned newborn colt. Neighbors say it won’t survive and decide to kill it, but Boy claims it as his. His medal-winning father returns to England, but he has been charged with desertion and remains in jail. The locals want nothing to do with kids of a deserter; they are returned, but their teacher takes them in.
The horse is magnificent and keeps the family focused during numerous hardships including thievery, floods, and mining battles, all of which they have no control. For five years, the father and children write each other regularly. While not a true story, it includes real events that occurred during World War II and keeps readers engaged with several life-and-death situations.