Over 100 young dyslexics from the Midlands have voted Michael Morpego’s War Horse the ‘breakthrough book’ in their battle to overcome dyslexia.
The survey, which was undertaken by Maple Hayes Dyslexia School to coincide with International Literacy Day this Sunday, asked youngsters which book had prompted the ‘epiphany’ moment when they realised they could finally read without difficulty.
Morpego’s number one bestseller was hailed the most accessible book by students aged 8-16, beating Lord of the Rings and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which ranked second and third respectively.
Dr Neville Brown, a leading dyslexia expert and educational psychologist, said: “As far as children’s books go War Horse is up there with the greats, but it has also proven to be incredibly accessible to youngsters with learning difficulties.
“Reading represents one of the biggest hurdles for those with dyslexia and being able to complete a book without assistance is a real milestone in their learning journey. The layout of the book, including the typeface and font size helps, but I believe the storyline - which has been capturing the imagination of children for over 30 years - really makes it a winner.”
10-year-old Jack Fawdrey, who suffers from dyslexia, said: “I loved War Horse when my Mum read it to me a few years ago, but enjoyed it even more this year when I could read it from start to finish without any help.
“It’s my favourite story because it has shown me I can overcome my dyslexia. Now I really look forward to reading and do it in my spare time too.”