Short and simple language. WW1, story of heartache and sacrifice. YA that wrestles with some of the harder situations in life: loving someone else's girl, death, & guilt

Short and simple language. story of heartache and sacrifice. YA that wrestles with some of the harder situations in life: loving someone else's girl, death, & guilt

Since he was a young colt, Joey has been loved and cared for by Alber, a young English farm boy. At the beginning of Wold War I, Albert's father sells Joey to a captain in the cavalry. The boy is devastated and promises Joey that someday he will find him. Joey experiences army life and the disastrous consequences of a cavalry charge into machine guns. He is captured as a prisoner of war and becomes a hospital cart transport horse for the German army.

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (Paperback, 2002)

The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo.  Such a beautiful love story.  Read it to my son and we both cried.

The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo. This was my first Morpurgo book-and still is my favourite.

Shadow - Michael Morpurgo Author of War Horse, and bestselling storyteller Michael Morpurgo touched our hearts with this beautiful story of a boy, his lost dog, and the lengths he would go to be reunited.

Teenager Aman and his mother lose their loyal spaniel Shadow while escaping Afghanistan to flee to England. Now they must depend on a friend and his grandfather to enable Shadow's return.

Michael Morpurgo  - An Elephant in the Garden (purchased 06/2013, Kindle) Update: Kindle edition did not include illustrations. Returned for refund and ordered printed book. (Ordered 06/2013)

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo, read aloud to Tess at bedtime. About one family's escape from the bombing of Dresden. With an elephant from the Dresden zoo.

We listened to the audio version of this while on numerous car journeys. At first I thought it slow to start but having just finished it I realise now that Morpurgo, storyteller extraordinaire, was just toying with us as a fisherman toys with a fish until pulling it in, hook line and sinker. Even the 16 year old in the car requested we stopped listening until he was back  with us and able to listen too.

'Running Wild' by Michael Morpurgo - A story with a great plotline about an orphan stranded in the jungle with an elephant.

The Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo. This was actually too sad for me.

High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are the best of friends, beloved by the whole village – safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear…

Moving story based on true events about a family on the move after the bombing of Dresden in WWII.  The mother worked at a zoo and she has brought home an elephant to care for and the elephant also makes the journey with the family in the winter to seek survival.

Lizzie and Karl's mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo (purchased 06/2013, Kindle)

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, pour yourself a coffee….and have a browse In today’s o.