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They were loyal creatures, the men and horses of the Australian Light Horse, but war doesn't always pay heed to loyalty. This is the powerful story of a 16-year-old volunteer and his horse in World War One and the journey towards his own kind of bravery.

Like many of his mates from the bush, Frank Ballantyne is keen to join the grand adventure and do his bit. Specially as a chest full of medals might impress the currently unimpressed parents of his childhood sweetheart. So Frank ups his age and volunteers with his horse Daisy ... and his dad.

In the deserts of Egypt and Palestine he experiences all the adventure he ever wanted, and a few things he wasn't expecting. Heartbreak, love and the chance to make the most important choice of his life.

From Gallipoli to the famous charge at Beersheba, through to the end of the war and its unforgettable aftermath, Frank's story grows out of some key moments in Australia's history.

They were loyal creatures, the men and horses of the Australian Light Horse, but war doesn't always pay heed to loyalty. This is the powerful story of a young man's journey towards his own kind of bravery.

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Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2015
    Shortlisted
    Book of the Year for Older Children
  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
    2015
    Shortlisted
    8–10 Years
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    2015
    Notable Book
    Older Readers
  • REAL Children's Choice Awards
    2016
    Shortlisted
    Fiction for Years 7–9

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Too Small To Fail
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Toad Surprise
Give Peas A Chance
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Aristotle's Nostril
Worm Story
Water Wings
Second Childhood
The Other Facts of Life

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