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by Michael Morpurgo
Joey Timeline & Summary
Welcome to the world, Joey. It's a cruel place. Joey is taken away from his mother on the first page and sold to a scary man on a farm. The man has a son, Albert, who is his father's total opposite—kind, caring, compassionate. Unfortunately, Albert's drunk dad sells Joey to the British army. Stationed in France, Joey becomes a cavalry horse. His first rider, Captain Nicholls, dies, and his second, Trooper Warren, is taken as a POW by the Germans. The Germans put Joey to work as a cart-pulling horse, retrieving casualties from the battlefield. There, he meets his best friend (his best horse friend, anyway), Topthorn. The war cools for a bit, and Joey and Topthorn are cared for a by a kind Frenchman and his granddaughter, Emilie. When the war heats back up, Joey and Topthorn are enlisted again to pull a gun across the battlefield with four other horses: Coco, Heinie, and two Haflingers. Coco dies. Heinie dies. Their caretaker, Friedrich, dies. Topthorn dies. The Haflingers run away. To put it mildly, war sucks. Joey is rescued by the British, who take him to their veterinary tent. There, Joey is reunited with Albert, who nurses him back to health. After the war ends, Joey is put up for auction. He's almost bought by a butcher, but Emilie's Grandpapa wins the bidding war. He gives Joey to Albert, and the two live happily ever after.