Written by Joe Layburn
Illustrated by John Williams
Part of the Street Heroes Series
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This gripping story is a ‘Heroes’ for children. In London’s East End the forces of Facism and violent extremists bubble on the surface but they get out of hand when a highly controversial politician gets a threat on his life. He in turn plans to recreate the historical Battle of Cable Street when fascists demonstrated against Jewish immigrants. It’s left to the Street Heroes, a number of kids with psychic powers to put a stop to this racial tension and bullying between different ethnic backgrounds but which side will the politician’s son take?
Street Heroes by Joe Layburn
Georgie's dad, George Smith, is a highly controversial politician whose message is to get rid of non-white people from London's East End. Everyone assumes Georgie shares his father's views, even his father. But while he loves his dad, he's really not sure what he thinks. And then he begins to hear a voice in his head, the voice of a Muslim girl called Fatima... Meanwhile Fatima is also contacting other children in difficult situations. When an attempt is made to kill George Smith he responds by planning a repeat of the historical Battle of Cable Street when Fascists demonstrating against Jewish immigrants confronted local people. How can the mysterious Fatima and her gang stop Smith, and which side will Georgie be on? By the acclaimed author of Ghostscape, this gripping story is a 'Heroes' for children dealing with issues of racism and immigration.
‘A deeply humane and satisfying story, with some surprise turns and a highly affecting twist tucked into its tail’ - The Bookseller
‘Believable contemporary child characters, reflects the cultural mix of inner-city schools and explores themes such as bullying and friendship’ - Times Educational Supplement
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