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Light Horse Boy

Written by Dianne Wolfer and illustrated by Brian Simmonds


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In 1914 Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. But in the Light Horse they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline. And nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stunning charcoal sketches by Brian Simmonds alongside primary source documents and historical photos, Light Horse Boy goes behind the scenes of the great Anzac legends for an intimate look at their experience of World War I.

‘This is a fine book that will add much to our understanding of the Australian spirit as it engages in war. Should be compulsory reading for all upper grade students.’ Reading Time

’Wolfer’s latest foray into historical fiction is a successful one.’ Magpies

‘This is a powerful and moving book, highly recommended for ages 9 to 14 years.’ Child Magazines

‘… a fabulous picture book for older readers, just in time for Anzac Day.’ Scoop Magazine

‘The book is full of photographs, letters, telegrams and illustrations, which make this an engaging narrative non fiction text for primary-aged children.’ Junior Books+Publishing

'The Lighthouse Girl and The Light Horse Boy by Albany author Dianne Wolfer, embodying a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.' Mandurah Coastal Times


Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Winner 2014)
Children's Book Council of Australia Book Awards (Honour Book 2014)
Red Dot Book Awards Singapore (Shortlisted 2014)

ISBN 9781922089137 (Hardback)
9781925815108 (Paperback)
Formats Picture Book (220 x 175mm) (Hardback)
Large Format Illustrated (175 x 220mm) (Paperback)
Categories Anzac and War
Fiction for Younger Readers
Award Winning
Children's ebooks
The West Australian's ED! Serialisations
Pages 120
Publication Year 2013
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • Brian simmonds

    Brian Simmonds

    Brian Simmonds was born in Subiaco and worked for many years as a lithographer in the printing industry while studying art in the evenings. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Curtin University and worked for The Sunday Times, New Idea and an advertising agency before he became a professional artist in 1990. He has exhibited his work many times and won numerous prizes for drawing, oil painting and mixed media works. His work can be found in many private and public collections in Australia. Read more

  • Dianne wolfer

    Dianne Wolfer

    Dianne Wolfer is the acclaimed author of many books for teenagers and young readers spanning multiple genres. Her book Lighthouse Girl served as inspiration for PIAF’s The Giants and features in events commemorating the centenary of the departure of the first AIF from Albany. One of Dianne’s picture books, Photographs in the Mud (set along the Kokoda Track), is used as an international peace reference and has been published in Japanese; it is also a recommended resource for the National History Curriculum. Her young adult title Choices has been translated into Polish. Read more