Farm Boy

Joey was the last working horse on the farm, the apple of Grandpa’s eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent to serve on the frontlines of the First World War. So Grandpa joined the cavalry to find Joey and fight beside him. Now Farm Boy brings us forward fifty years, as Grandpa shares Joey’s story with his young grandson. In return for his precious words, can the boy help Grandpa to overcome a shameful secret which he has kept hidden for years? A boy gives his grandfather a great gift, and receives one in return, in this masterful novel. With fabulous artwork by Michael Foreman, it celebrates rural English life and the bond between young and old.

“If there are such things as contemporary classics, then this, surely is one of them.” Books for Keeps

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

    9 March 2014

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

    8 March 2014

  • liked it

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

    5 March 2014

  • liked it

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

    27 February 2014

  • 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!

    14 April 2013

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  • Photo of Michael Morpurgo

    Michael Morpurgo

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.


    Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.

  • Awards

    Michael Foreman has won the Kate Greenaway medal three times, and the Nestle Smarties Prize twice for illustration of books including War Boy and The Little Reindeer.

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