Sergeant Reckless


Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Lilttle Horse Who Became a Hero.

One of our favorite horses! The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is instituting a new honor, a Sergeant Reckless Award. In fact, the inaugural Sergeant Reckless Award winner is Robin Hutton, largely due to Sgt Reckless: America’s War Horse, her first book. Author Robin Hutton has reignited excitement about this legend, realizing the Sgt. Reckless Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and now overseeing the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, California. Hutton will recieve the inagural Segreant Reckless Award at our Hall of Fame celebration in November, 2019. Read more, here.

The inspiring true story of the brave little mare that became a marine—the first picture book from award-winning novelist Patricia McCormick, gorgeously illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

When a group of U.S. Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled little mare, they wondered if she could be trained as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest and bravest hearts they’d ever know. And one of the biggest appetites!

Soon she showed herself more than willing to carry ammunition too heavy for the soldiers to haul. As cannons thundered and shells flew through the air, she marched into battle—again and again—becoming the only animal to ever officially hold military rank and receive two Purple Hearts.

Patricia McCormick is a former journalist and a two-time National Book Award finalist whose books include Cut, Sold, Never Fall Down, The Plot to Kill Hitler, and the young readers’ edition of I Am Malala. Sold, based on McCormick’s research in the brothels of India, was made into a feature film.

Iacopo Bruno is a graphic designer and illustrator. He is also the illustrator of Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery That Baffled All of France. He lives in Milan, Italy.

  • Ages 6 to 10, Grades 1 to 5
  • 40 pages
  • hardcover

What people are saying:

“Vividly brings to life the story of Sergeant Reckless, the only animal to officially hold military rank in the United States. This endearing story of wartime camaraderie won’t soon be forgotten.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A rousing success. An engaging slice of history.” -Booklist (starred review)

“[An] intriguing historical tale of an underdog. A warm human (and horse) interest story that feels fresh off a newsreel.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Excellent. This well-illustrated war story will appeal to many, especially fans of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. A strong selection.” -School Library Journal

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