Dreams of Warriors
Behold the summer grass
(Haiku on a plaque at the site of a Japanese Prisoner of War camp near Featherston , NZ)
Featherston , New Zealand, 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?
An English Unit for Dreams of Warriors from HarperCollins Publishers: Teachers' Notes