War Horse

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The moving story of a horse’s courage amid the deadly chaos of the First World War. In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of battle on the Western Front. With his officer, he bravely charges down the enemy, witnessing all the terror and horror of the frontline. Even in the desolation of the trenches, where death is always close at hand, Joey’s courage inspires the soldiers around him… Told with Michael Morpurgo’s characteristic skill and compassion, this heartwarming animal story is set against a vividly-evoked backdrop of trench warfare.

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8114 in Schools Catalogue 2024–25





Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.9; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 192 pages




Michael Morpurgo

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  1. easterton 1
    on 7 January 2014

    fab and sad

    war horse is fab book with some sad chapters it had me crying in chapters 3,7+9

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    on 4 April 2017

    This book is brilliant I recommend it to Young readers who love adventure story’s but don’t mind sadness.

    5 out of 5
  2. smint
    on 26 February 2017

    I really enjoyed this book i give it 100/100 ........…....... poor Joey ….............

    5 out of 5
  3. micheal11
    on 17 February 2016


    5 out of 5
  4. polinalovesbooks22
    on 13 October 2015

    I just finished reading this book. It is really touching and I was crying. You defiantly should read this book.

    5 out of 5
  5. bookmad3
    on 5 May 2015

    War Horse can be very hard to understand. Lots of big words. But can be good at times. It is very sad also. It would suite older readers

    5 out of 5
  6. chapter
    on 5 March 2015

    Overall good book but a little difficult to understand.45%good 55% ok

    4 out of 5
  7. hermayani
    on 21 February 2015


  8. diamondforever786
    on 24 December 2014

    This book is so sad! But then there is some happy moments in it as well!♥♥

    5 out of 5
  9. sasspa
    on 28 August 2014

    i really like it i have read it and watched the movie on and on

  10. spain5327
    on 12 April 2014

    Cool! A wonderful book. My favorwrite character was Emilie.

    4 out of 5
  11. loobyloulou123
    on 9 March 2014

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and to put it into a few words… I loved it.

    5 out of 5
  12. Potterfan7
    on 9 March 2014

    this electrifying, emotional and thrilling story will be sure to bring tears to your eyes. Be ready for twisting pages. Micheal Morpurgo has added excitement and sadness in every word.

  13. justbecauseimnerdy
    on 8 March 2014

    Seeing as the main character and narrator was a horse, this book was quite difficult to relate to and didn’t deal with the horrors of the war very well. I did enjoy some aspects of the novel, but overall it wasn’t for me.

    1 out of 5
  14. Spidergirl
    on 6 March 2014

    I love this soo much I read the book and show warhorse in theatre(1 week ago)which was fab

    5 out of 5
  15. Celine1
    on 5 March 2014

    This is such a touching and alarming story I love it

  16. zippy123
    on 5 March 2014

    Great information and interesting. Great read

  17. Mohsen1010
    on 5 March 2014

    This book was recommended to me by a friend and to put it into a few words… I loved it. I thought War Horse was brilliant! It is the most touching book I have ever read, and I would recommend it to anyone, even if they aren’t animal lovers!This book has the most spectacular points of a horses view and it also shows that there is nothing to be scared about horses. Very touching!

  18. TommieGirl1906
    on 27 February 2014

    This book is so realistic and even though I wanted to finish the book and find out what happens at the end, I didn’t want the fantasy to ever end.

    5 out of 5
  19. dolphin25
    on 17 August 2013

    such a sad book although I really enjoyed it.

    5 out of 5
  20. luvhorsesforever
    on 21 June 2013

    im in the middle of reading it its brilliant but a sad sad story :(

  21. spencerspencer
    on 5 June 2013

    i think this book is fab all the people that think that they might get it get it’s fabb:D

    5 out of 5
  22. Emster123
    on 8 April 2013

    For me this book was a but too sad, I like a bit of humour but I still enjoyed it! This book is defiantly for older readers as there is a lot of upsetting scenes like horse deaths in battles and horrible deaths etc. this book is probably for 9-100 year olds!

    This book is set in 1914, World War Two and is about a young farm horse called Joey who is sold to the army and is made to go into battle on the western front. As he is in the battle he witnesses all the terror on the frontline. But Joey’s courage inspires the soldiers around him…

    This book is amazing!! If you don’t want to read the book why not see it on stage in London or see the film?!!! Xx

    4 out of 5
  23. justlovebooks45
    on 20 March 2013

    really good although i did start to get bored every so often. it was rweally good though and i loved it loads

    5 out of 5
  24. samcharlie123
    on 8 March 2013

    A great book about a horse who helps in the war. Would rate 5/5.

    5 out of 5
  25. Justagirlatheartx
    on 7 March 2013

    No words can ever describe this book it’s just too good!! I would recommend it to anyone, everyone!!! The best book of all time!!

  26. Sherlock25
    on 6 March 2013

    A sad book but its shows who ever you are you can be brave!

  27. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    I ausome,great ,fantastic,brillant, ausome book ,this book is so good not even all these words could describe this book at the end

  28. skyecapper316
    on 26 January 2013

    this book is about the war the horse in the book is loyal he goes on all different kind of places and in the end he returns to his owner

    I would recommend this book to all kinds of people it is a 5 star book!!!

  29. izi
    on 29 December 2012

    great and exiting book, cant wait to read the rest of the collection!!!!

    5 out of 5
  30. ilovehorses123
    on 5 September 2012

    I really REALLY want to read this book, it looks AWESOME X 100

    5 out of 5
  31. secret7
    on 15 August 2012

    I am reading this as a class book at school, we have all just started it!!

  32. imi264
    on 15 July 2012

    This book was fantastic! It really made me have a complete different view on horses and what they did!

    5 out of 5
  33. wiler3000
    on 4 July 2012

    I loved this book it was amazing I got my teacher to read it at the class and they loved it too! Micheal Mourpugo is an amazing and I recommend his other books like Butterfly Lion, Shadow, Cool and Private peaceful so its a 5/5 its really good filled with suspense and action you never want to put the book down

    5 out of 5
  34. thestickthing
    on 29 June 2012

    I’ve seen the film so I know what happened in the end but its still a brilliant book.

  35. meganjohnson
    on 20 May 2012

    i think this book is a very touching book but i think it is mainly for older people as it is quite hard to understand if you are young but overall it is very good

    4 out of 5
  36. Saralara
    on 14 April 2012

    It was quite depressing to me, but i loved it so im going to give 4/5. GO MICHEAL MORPUGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5
  37. dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

    I loved this book i could not put it down it changed the way i thought about the horses in the war.

    5 out of 5
  38. hamy1710
    on 3 March 2012

    very good

  39. smileitsfriday
    on 2 March 2012

    Watched the movie, then read the book! Loved it. Feel so sorry for Joey! * * * * *

  40. Bookworm81
    on 1 March 2012

    A brilliant book that has been made into a brilliant film.

  41. eve624860
    on 1 March 2012


  42. indigobeam
    on 1 March 2012

    War Horse is not my favorite Morpurgo book. When reading it I almost felt at though the authors heart was not in it when writing, although it has an interesting plot, the story is rushed in places and boring in others. I am a huge Morpurgo fan, but this is not my favorite.

  43. diaryofawimpykid16
    on 26 February 2012

    my cousin has got this book but its taking him ages to read it

  44. ice-cream408
    on 26 February 2012

    This book is OUTSTANDING!!!! Very Sad but worth it. I went to see the film!! I cried

    5 out of 5
  45. book-monkey1
    on 7 January 2012

    my mum said she read this book when she was 12 and she said it was moving and sad but a great book

    5 out of 5
  46. miusic
    on 30 November 2011

    its a sad story about war ( like it says on the cover warhorse) but its verey intresting too

    4 out of 5
  47. 10000madison
    on 14 September 2011

    this is more for over the age of 14 but you can read it as its not inappropriate

    5 out of 5
  48. spud33
    on 16 August 2011

    An ausome book full of misteriesgreat if you like that sort of book

    5 out of 5
  49. Lolo95
    on 3 March 2011

    Iread my friends book and its so sad it makes me not want to see horses in war. Made me very upset.

  50. osnapitzsafa
    on 1 March 2011

    I feel sorry for the horse for battling at the front. 3 stars because it’s too sad.

    3 out of 5
  51. ilovebooks18
    on 1 March 2011

    I’m reading war horse at the moment, and so far it’s probably the best book i’ve ever read! But judging by the title, I have a feeling it’s going to be quite sad.

    5 out of 5
  52. bookwand
    on 27 November 2010

    this book is super brelliant and intresting out of all the books i read i am going to buy this book and read more its so good its got all the stuff i like.

    5 out of 5
  53. talullah
    on 23 November 2010

    I have not read this book yet but I am getting it. I bet it is good. If it is about war I’m in. I love learnig about.even thoghe it is really bad war. I think this book will get 10/10 for me!

  54. shadow8
    on 20 November 2010

    This book is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  55. Molly13579
    on 8 February 2010

    Hi, This is a sad but fasinating book. From KIm

  56. 3456tulip
    on 19 May 2009

    one of my top 5 books really sad and touching.

    5 out of 5
  57. Scaramoosh
    on 21 April 2009

    this was the most heartbreaking story i have ever read

    5 out of 5
  58. sophieg12
    on 25 April 2008


    5 out of 5
  59. appelsmak
    on 1 March 2008

    This is such a good book!

    5 out of 5

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