A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus

A Horse Called Hero

It is 1940. As the Second World War escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and her horse-mad little brother Wolfie are evacuated to the country, away from everything they know. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal. They name the horse Hero for surviving against the odds and together they raise him, train him, and learn to ride. Their days are suddenly full of life and excitement again, but th...

Details A Horse Called Hero

TitleA Horse Called Hero
Release DateAug 29th, 2013
PublisherMacmillan Children's Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Animals, Horses, Childrens, Middle Grade, War, World War II

Reviews A Horse Called Hero

  • Olivia
    This book!!! Everything about it is wonderful. And it is so refreshing because there is no romance! Through the point of view of Dodie and Wolfie, siblings, you have feel of wartime England. They are proud of their father, but there is a mystery behind his imprisonment that they hear whispered about. They are evacuated into the country. There....they meet Hero!I'm not a huge horse lover. I mean I like horses, but not in the way some people do!! S...
  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    It's 1940, and British soldiers have just been evacuated from Dunkirk, but Dodo (Dorothy) Revel and her younger brother Wolfie, 8, still haven't heard from their Pa, Captain Revel. When a telegram arrives, Spud, the children's housekeeper, tells them the sad news that their Pa is missing. Later that night, however, the children overhear Spud talking to someone that seems to indicate something else about Pa.Next thing Dodo and Wolfie know, they ar...
  • Bekah Booklover
    Warning - Contains spoilers!!!!-------Even though I am horse crazy, I probably would not have picked this book up as it seemed to be for younger readers. However, my 8 year old brother bought it from a a book sale at school, and I took to reading a couple of chapters to him every night. I was sceptical at first, I thought it was going to turn out too similar to a Michael Morpurgo book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think this book would be su...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Wolfie and Dodo live in London under the care of housekeeper Spud while their father is off fighting in WWII. He was awarded medals during WWI, but is reported as missing at about the same time as bombings in London increase, so Spud sends Wolfie and Dodo out to the country. They end up in the care of Mrs. Sprig, whose son is off fighting and who is not thrilled to have two small children with her. Wolfie's father is fond of horses (he still has ...
  • Abigail Stutzman
    good book I enjoyed reading it.This was a great book about a wolfie and his sister dodo and an amazing horse named hero their father is off fighting in the war. they are sent to the country, a safer place for children away from the war. a few days after arriving in the country wolfie has a horse, a foal whose mother died. it was the horse he always wanted a grey and silver horse named hero. their father was under arrest for a crime he didn't real...
  • Megs
    Last year I read Soldier Dog by Sam Angus and really enjoyed it. Well, maybe enjoyed isn't the right word, since I was bawling my eyes out every few pages, but for a book meant to make you cry, it was good.Combining that with the fact that I love horses and I was excited when I got the chance to review A Horse Called Hero. Unfortunately, this one really fell short of my expectations.I think my biggest issue was with the language Sam Angus used. I...
  • Hayley
    I enjoyed the soft melancholy of most of this book, but after a credibility stretching coincidence, it unfortunately turns to melodrama. With a plot and tone somewhat reminiscent of The Railway Children, I think this will have appeal to kids who enjoy quieter historical and/or animal stories. I thought the mixing in of real life with fiction was really well done and I appreciated the author's note at the end.A few issues I had with the ARC, which...
  • Elena Totz
    I read the book a horse called Hero. This book takes place in London back when World War 2 was going on. There were two kids named Dodo and Wolfie. They were siblings and they were evacuated to another country because of what was happening in their area. They were all alone for months, wondering the streets. Dodo and Wolfie didn't even know where they were. Somebody had just dropped them off on the streets. After wondering for weeks they come acr...
  • Stacy
    I'm not much of a horse book person, and I think the jacket gave away too much of the story, but this was a decent emotional ride.
  • Addy McConville
    Dodo and Wolfie are two young siblings that live with their housekeeper Spud. Their mom died when they were young and their dad is out fighting in World War II. They live in the city of London. London is now under war. When they go outside they have to wear a gas mask. London is very dirty and there are many homeless people. Many children are leaving to go to the country.Wolfie is his nickname, his real name is Wolfgang. Wolfie is a little hopefu...
  • Catherine
    There is a lot of sadness in this book. For those horse-lovers among us, Scout's demise is dreadful. The author clearly loves horses and that knowledge and passion shines through. In terms of the war setting, it does what many children's books try to do and covers issues of prejudice, mob-mentality and the evacuation experiences of children while also shoe-horning in historic facts and details. A lot of this is done well and convincingly, but som...
  • Avery
    This was an amazing story!! Wolfie, Dodo, and Hero are all amazing heroes (and heroine). Hero and Wolfie begin their journey in the country, when Wolfie finds Hero, his mother had passed away while giving birth. Hero and Wolfie have many amazing adventures until one day ( SPOILER ALERT ) Hero is stolen and Wolfie is heartbroken. Years later, after Dodo and Wofie's father is released from prison ( he was accused of deserting while fighting in WWII...
  • Anna
    I was really disappointed. It sounded like such a good book, but I wasn't able to get into the story. It was just BAM! all of the sudden you're in this story and you have no idea what's really going on. I like books that make sure you know who everyone is and why they are there, so maybe if this book was written better I could have enjoyed it.
  • George flaherty
    An amazing bookThis book was absolutely amazing, nearly bringing me to tears at times, and i would definitely recommend it to anyone
  • Sanay
    One of the best books I've ever read! A must-read!
  • Loulou
    The setting is London and the countryside, during World War II in the 1940's. Wolfie and Dodo's father is missing while fighting in the war. The housekeeper is taking care of them. When the bombing increases in London, the kids are taken out into the country and are put in the care of by Ms. Sprig. Wolfie finds a lost newborn colt, and nurses him back to health and continues to raise him. His father loved horses and had taught him all about them....
  • Alice
    This is such a heart-warming tale set in the England from World War Two. It follows the tale of two siblings, Dodo and Wolfie who are evacuated from London when their father, who is fighting in the war, is reported as missing. It was astounded to see Dodo’s maturity and how she dealt with the situation especially because Wolfie doesn't really understand what is happening. I think what really shines through in this book is the character developm...
  • Hilary
    Sam Angus, author of “Soldier Dog,” returns with another story of an animal in war-time. This time Angus focuses on the story of Hero, a colt discovered by a pair of siblings who have left London for the unfamiliar countryside to avoid the dangers of World War II. The story spans eight years, from the time the two children discover an orphaned foal and successfully (and in secret) raise the horse and train it until it is stolen. When Wolfie s...
  • Barbara
    As WWII threatens their London home, Wolfie and Dodo, the offspring of a decorated war hero, evacuate to the countryside. The woman with whom they are placed doesn't trust them in part because of Wolfgang's German-sounding name, and she turns them out. A local school teacher and her father, the town's vicar, take in the children and the foal that Wolfie has raised. The mistrust of the townspeople and their classmates is described eloquently as th...
  • Phoebe
    Although this book was written in 2013 it reads like one of the old post-WW2 Penguin paperbacks, with leisurely and idyllic descriptions of the English countryside and the bewildered impressions of children whose lives are no longer familiar and comforting. Wolfie and his older sister Dodo are sent out of London to North Devon, to the small-minded Mrs. Sprig. The only good to come out of their stay is the foal they rescue, born in the out-of-door...
  • Megan
    As far as animal books go, this is a pretty decent one. It’s quite a bit similar to War Horse, but emotional in different ways. Taking place during WWII, the two main characters, Dodo and Wolfie (brother and sister) are evacuated from London to the country side to wait out the war in safety. One day while walking the fields, they come across an orphaned foal whom they name Hero (foreshadowing, anyone?) Together Dodo and Wolfie raise Hero, train...
  • Marathon County Public Library
    It’s wartime and London is no longer safe so Dodo and Wolfie, along with many other children, are forced to go and live with a family in the country. Their mother is dead and their father is off fighting in the war. Wolfie, who has dreamed of owning a horse, finds an abandoned, orphaned silver foal who is near death, names him Hero, and nurses him back to health. Hero is stolen and heartbroken Wolfie is determined to find him. This is a wonderf...
  • Lori Hoegler
    A Horse Called Hero is written in a classic horse story style. Think Black Beauty, Black Stallion or Michael Morpurgo. It is the gripping and emotional story of two siblings sent to the English countryside during WW2 to escape the bombings in London. Oh, but that's not all...their father has been accused of his actions and they are faced with the shame and personal conflict of his situation as well as condemnation from the community they are livi...
  • Rena Sherwood
    Yet another book that has a promising beginning and then plummets to ho-hum super-sentimental depths. It's as if this book was a horse and it ran away with Angus. Although Angus doesn't fall out of the saddle, she clings to a stirrup as she's dragged along. I was just skimming this book at the end just to see how it turned out.And what's with horses or ponies dying in quicksand or a bog or it's equivalent? Can all of you horse book authors stop i...
  • Leah
    This is a story about a boy and a girl whose father is arrested for disserting his men and not following orders. The father was a decorated military man before this and they had always been proud of him. They end up having to flee the city during WWII and they have to go live in the country. They discover the villagers have turned against them for the deeds of their father. And the young boy discovers and keeps a horse throughout this whole time....
  • Isidora Subotic
    The two main characters are Wolfie (Wolfgang) and his sister Dodo (at least, that's what everyone calls her but her name is probably Dorothy). Wolfie starts out as an 8 year old who adores horses. Dodo and Wolfie lost their mother, live in England during WWII (1940) and their father is charged on a crime that is based on a huge misunderstanding. However, Dodo and Wolfie find Hero, a colt that they raise to be a proud horse. He is a perfect grey t...
  • Beth
    Not a horse book person, but I chose it for my summer book discussion group (they like horses). I found the book to be slow at the beginning, and it took until chapter seven to really get interesting for me...then...it was good. Heartbreaking at times, I found this to be a story that might draw kids in and teach them a little bit about WWII in England. I also enjoyed learning more about raising a horse. I'm looking forward to the discussion next ...
  • May Rose
    Okay so I read this book for school and all if have to say is no. Dont read it. Its not an absolutely horrible novel, but its:- Extremely slow paced- An empty plot line- A bad set of characters- No drama at allBasically this book was too slow and boring to satisfy me and I found myself in a constant haze as I forced myself to read it, BUT if youre into a simple historical fiction go ahead... Okay so I read this book for school and all if have t...