By Michael Morpurgo
Scholastic, 2007/Scholastic Audio, 2010. 165 pgs/4 hrs. Middle grade fiction
Joey, a horse, narrators the story of his life, from when he was bought at an auction by a farmer and then cared for and trained for by the farmer's son, Albert. With the outbreak of World War I, however, he is sold to a cavalry captain and sent off to war. A devastated Albert vows to find him, but in the meantime, Joey gets an up-close look at the death and destruction waged by the war.
This is a fine piece of historical fiction. It's sad and sweet at the same time, and in the audio version, listeners will be equally drawn in by Joey's story as by John Keating's narration.
4 stars. Clean read.