Published by Macmillan Children's Books

It’s 1915 and British troops are about to sail to Gallipoli. Billy is the youngest soldier in his platoon and is teased for not being old enough to drink or shave. The truth is, at 15 he’s not old enough to be a soldier either, and he’s terrified of the war he’s about to fight. Then he meets Captain, a refugee boy, and his donkey, Hey-ho. Together they teach Billy what it means to be brave, loyal and fearless, and above all what it means to be a friend.

Captain was short listed for the James Reckitt Children’s Book Awards, long listed for the CILIP Carnegie Prize 2015 & the Hampshire Book Awards 2015.


“You smile, you cry, you laugh. Written with so much emotion. This book is above all.  Rated 5* and more.
Sam Angus controls your emotions in this book.

There is no more you can say. Just read it now.”

“This is the third Sam Angus book that I’ve read. ‘Captain’ is set in Gallipoli in 1915 with the allies of the British fighting against the Turks and it tells the story of Billy, the youngest soldier in his platoon and how he met up with Captain, a refugee, and his donkey Hey-Ho. All three of them learn and teach what it means to be a loyal friend to each other and how to be brave. Billy is only fifteen and is not actually allowed to fight in the army. He’s scared stiff of what the war he’s about to fight in is going to bring him. Sam Angus’ books are incredible to read but also very sad at times. I recommend it to readers of all ages and I’m sure anyone who reads it will thoroughly enjoy it.”

Click here to read a review of Captain by the Historical Novel Society.


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