The Perfect Horse: The Daring Rescue of Horses Kidnapped During World War II (Paperback)
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In this inspiring young readers adaptation of the New York Times bestseller, one American troop will save the world's most precious horses during the final stretch of World War II.
When American Colonel Hank Reed and his soldiers captures a German spy, they uncover an unexpected secret: Hitler has kidnapped the world's finest purebred horses and hidden them in a secret Czechoslovakian breeding farm. But, starving Russian troops are drawing closer and the horses face the danger of becoming food instead. With little time to spare, the small American troop cross enemy lines to heroically save some of the world's most treasured animals.
Elizabeth Letts details the terrifying truth of Hitler's eugenics program during World War II and shares the story of the courageous American troop dedicated to stopping it.
Highlighting bravery in the face of incredible odds, this tale will shed light on a little-known piece of our past and speak to history fans and animal lovers of every age.
★ "Spellbinding...a must-read." —Booklist, Starred review
A Junior Library Guild Selection
About the Author
Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of non fiction books The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse as well as two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning. A competitive equestrian in her youth, Letts rode for California in the North American Junior Three-Day Eventing Championships. She currently lives in Southern California. To learn more about Letts and her books, go to elizabethletts.com and follow @ElizabethLetts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
★ "This account of the heroism and cooperation of unlikely people to protect these horses is spellbinding. The author’s impeccable attention to detail and exhaustive sources make this a must-read."—Booklist, starred review
"Well researched...A fine addition to middle and high school collections where history titles are in demand." —School Library Journal
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Praise for the Adult Edition of The Perfect Horse:
Winner of the PEN Award for Research Nonfiction
A New York Times Bestseller
“Winningly readable . . . The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Hard to put down . . . One need not be an equestrian or horse lover in order to appreciate this story.”—New York Journal of Books
“The Perfect Horse raises the narrative bar...Letts provides context that makes this account spellbinding.”—Culturess
“A fascinating story of bravery and benevolence...Full of action, heartbreak and well-developed characters, it has everything needed to be adapted into an outstanding war movie...an instant favorite.”—Bookreporter
“An absorbing history of an unusual rescue mission in the closing days of the war in Europe . . . Letts does an excellent job of bringing the various players to life.”—BookPage
“A truly fascinating chronicle...I was hooked from start to finish.”—Horse Nation
“[Elizabeth] Letts, a lifelong equestrienne, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses.”—Kirkus Reviews