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Dreams of Warriors

by Susan Brocker

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Featherston in the Second World War is a tough and bleak place for fourteen-year-old Bella. Her father is away fighting overseas, while his family fight to save their farm from ruin and keep his dreams alive. Bella, her mother, and older sister have to cope with a herd of dairy cows, an unscrupulous neighbour who covets the farm, and a crazy, bad-tempered racehorse called Gipsy. Bella is terrified of the horse and doesn't know where to turn. When help is offered from an unlikely source, will she have the courage to accept it or will Gipsy destroy her father's dreams?… (more)
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i reccomend this book to people who are quite good at reading because the words are quite small and some of the words are hard to understand. ( )
  hendersonm | Apr 14, 2013 |
After hearing Susan Brocker speak at the 2011 Bookrapt Seminar in Tauranga I was keen to read some of her books and Dreams of Warriors happened to be the first of my holds to arrive. In this book Susan’s history degree and general love of history shine through her work adding authenticity and relevancy. Fourteen-year-old Bella is left to run the family farm when her father goes to fight in World War 2. Her mother and older sister are of limited help with the physical day to day work. Fighting to save their farm from both ruin, and their devious neighbour Bloodworth, she must look after the herd of cows as well as a terrifying black racehorse named Gipsy. The Japanese POW camp at Featherston, including the episode of the shooting of prisoners, is woven into the story. The relationships with both animals and humans are beautifully developed. This is an outstanding and extremely well researched book crafted by a woman who is passionate about history, animals and storytelling. Highly recommended. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Aug 24, 2011 |
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Featherston in the Second World War is a tough and bleak place for fourteen-year-old Bella. Her father is away fighting overseas, while his family fight to save their farm from ruin and keep his dreams alive. Bella, her mother, and older sister have to cope with a herd of dairy cows, an unscrupulous neighbour who covets the farm, and a crazy, bad-tempered racehorse called Gipsy. Bella is terrified of the horse and doesn't know where to turn. When help is offered from an unlikely source, will she have the courage to accept it or will Gipsy destroy her father's dreams?

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