The Winter Horses (Hardcover)

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Chris's April 2014 Staff Pick: In the mists of World War II, Kalinka, a Ukrainian Jewish girl on the run from the Nazis, finds unlikely help from two rare Przewalski horses. She meets Max and with his help and the help of her new friends (two horses and a dog) she has to cross the Ukraine in the middle of winter.

Philip Kerr is best known for his Bernie Gunther Novels, which are set in World War II also, Philip is able to take his history and make a wonderful teen story.

If you have read Book Thief and Between the Shades of Grey you will like this too!

— From Chris's Picks


From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII in Ukraine, a country that remains tumultuous today. This inspiring tale captures the power of the human spirit and is perfect for fans of The Book Thief, Milkweed, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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.

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the WWII Bernie Gunther crime novels and the children's fantasy series Children of the Lamp. He lives in England.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385755436
ISBN-10: 0385755430
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 25th, 2014
Pages: 288
Language: English