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Flight

by Vanessa Harbour

Publishing 1 August 2018

For ages 8-12

 

If Jakob sneezed, he could die.
 
Austria 1945. After losing his family, Jakob shelters with Herr Engel in a rural stable, where they hide the precious Lipizzanner stallions they know Hitler wants to steal. When a German officer comes looking for Jakob and finds the horses, Jakob and his guardian know they must get the stallions to safety, but the only way is straight through Nazi territory.
 
Joined by Kizzy, an orphan Roma girl, the three must guide the horses across the perilous Austrian mountains. Will they reach safety? What will be waiting for them on the other side?
 

Praise for Flight:

‘An exciting addition to the war story canon.’ Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller

'I absolutely love this book! It's a stunningly good adventure story with all the big heart, sharp style and fast pace of a classic children's novel.' Amanda Craig

‘A thrilling tale that captures the bravery, the danger, the sacrifice of living amongst the Nazis and trying to preserve what is good… If you like dancing horses and great storytelling, you will love Flight.’ Sophia Bennett

‘You know from the first page that you are in the hands of a great storyteller’ James Nicol

‘A powerful, page-turning, unforgettable adventure... I loved it!’ Cathy Cassidy

‘the perfect ingredients of horses, an exciting and engaging plot, believable characters and that little sprinkle of magic writing which I know will make it a huge success.’ Lucy Coats

‘This is enchanting storytelling with character at the heart, in a historic setting, with timeless values, and very much reminiscent of the classic assuredness of Morpurgo.’ Vashti Hardy