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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: WWII, survival
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
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Els is a courier, a girl who takes Jewish children on the back of her bike to safety on farms in Friesland. When she leaves Isaak, disguised as Jan, at a farmhouse with kind people, he is miserable until he makes friends with a beautiful black horse, Hero, a Frisian wanted by the Germans. The first time the Germans come for the horse, Isaak comes up with a plan to save him, but the second time they come, Isaak can do nothing to protect the animal he loves.

Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2003
"a wonderful story not to be missed."

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