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It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it's 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets - for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park.

Kalinka has lost her home, her family, her belongings - everything but her life. Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski's horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends - until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good.

Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen forest to save the only two surviving horses - and herself.

©2014 Philip Kerr (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Fast-paced action and interesting history keep readers turning the pages..." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Like the best stories told around a campfire, it is spellbinding..." ( School Library Journal)

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Beautifully touching and heart warming story

A gripping story, beautifully narrated and just heartwarming and tear bringing account of human heartache and also kindness when least expected on a little girls journey and the two wild horses through the most unusual adventures to find the end of the war and safety. Beautiful.

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  • Nicky Lewis
  • 20-12-20

Great

It was sad at times but beautifully written and a heart warming story in such a very real very dark and horrid time! Personally I am a horse lover and felt so sorry for the horses in this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to others!!!