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There was an old green Fordson tractor in the back of Grandpa’s barn, always covered in cornsacks. When I was very little, I used to go in there, pull off the cornsacks, climb up and drive it all over the farm.

A boy gives his grandfather a great gift, and receives one in return, in this moving book from a master storyteller. Every time the boy visits his grandfather on his Devon farm, he is spellbound by the tales he tells: powerful stories of war, rural life and changing times. But when Grandpa reluctantly confesses that his ability to read and write has slipped away, can the young boy help him, and repay the gift of his stories? With fabulous artwork by Michael Foreman, this warm and vivid book celebrates the passing of time and the enduring link between the generations.

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Date published

September 29th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.4; Middle years; 1.0 points




Michael Morpurgo

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  1. Potterfan7
    on 9 March 2014

    a sad and emotional story, but i still liked it and re-read it over and over again.

  2. crazykitty
    on 8 March 2014

    This is a really good book I have it 3 times alredy

  3. RavenclawDragonlord
    on 5 March 2014

    It’s a great book and is a good sequel to War Horse. It tells us a little more about the story as well.

    4out of 5
  4. TommieGirl1906
    on 27 February 2014

    I think this book it really good and I like the way the boy isn’t the only one who learns new things.

    4out of 5
  5. Emster123
    on 14 April 2013

    This book is truly amazing and definitely lives up to War Horse! I wasnt as keen on war horse as I was to Farm Boy, I thought Farm Boy had a lot more feeling and understanding behind it and emotion which you could feel as the reader., so this made it a bit ore exciting. I only wise that this book was longer like War Horse and then maybe you would of known the characters a lot better. I would recommend this book to younger readers like 8-12 year olds as it is quite a short book and its certainly easy to understand.

    This book is about a very special and talented horse called Joey who had been sent to go into war at an early age. During his experience on the front lines, Joey saw a lot of death, horse and human, but carried on. This is the story of a grandad telling his grandson all about Joey and what it was like but Grandpa tells his Grandson a lot more than he’s ever told anyone before…

    This is a very heart warming book and defiantly worth reading!

  6. kieran12
    on 8 March 2013

    i like the history was happening in this book my favourite characters were the horses called zoey and joey.

    5out of 5
  7. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is about a boy called joey.

  8. 2012theyear
    on 7 November 2012

    Simply awesome

    5out of 5
  9. imi264
    on 15 July 2012

    I loved this book because as I loved War Horse, I really wanted to know what happened to Joey after the war and it was much better than I expected!

    5out of 5
  10. Ponymonster12
    on 9 June 2012

    Its a beautifully told story but not as emotional and deeply told as War horse. But it is told in a good way and its easy to understand. Michael managed to get a moral across throughout the book which is always nice in a book, and if you read this faboulous book you will be deeply entwined in it as I was even though it only took me a morning to read it.:) You SHOULD read this book :)

    4out of 5
  11. warhorsefarmboyreader
    on 6 March 2012

    farm boy is a fantastic book with many twists and turns it is suitable for all ages and once you start you can’t put it down!

    5out of 5
  12. indigobeam
    on 5 March 2012

    I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as War Horse. I found this one less emotional, and it might just be because War Horse was so incredible, but this had less of a story. I loved this book, but loved War Horse more.

  13. nikki657
    on 4 March 2012

    love this book

  14. smileitsfriday
    on 4 March 2012

    I loved war horse and i loved this one! Joey is so cool! * * * * *

  15. dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

    This is a great imaginative book. I love it.

  16. eve624860
    on 2 March 2012

    i think it will be really goog against his over books

  17. pawprint2
    on 2 March 2012

    I read this book first by accident ooh well its real good

    5out of 5
  18. asjtj
    on 24 January 2012

    I saw War Horse in the cinema and I absolutly loved it! I am dying to read this!

    5out of 5