We Can be Heroes by Catherine Bruton

We Can be Heroes

Written by Catherine Bruton

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

An astonishing debut. Moving. Funny. Explosive. And most of all, unexpected...As powerful as Frank Cottrell Boyce's Millions.

A Piece of Passion from Ali Dougal, Catherine's Editor at Egmont Books:

We Can Be Heroes is the sort of book that I dreamt of working on when I decided I wanted to be an editor. It’s a book that pushes boundaries; it addresses racial and class issues and explodes stereotypes . . . but most of all it’s funny, moving, madcap and utterly unputdownable.


We Can be Heroes by Catherine Bruton

My dad was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York. But the stuff in this book isn't about that. It's about the summer my mum went away. The summer that me and Jed and Priti tried to catch a suicide bomber and prevent an honour killing. There's stuff about how we built a tree house and joined the bomb squad; how I found my dad and Jed lost his; and how we both lost our mums then found them again. So it's not really about 9/11 but, then again, none of those things would have happened if it hadn't been for that day. So I guess it's all back to front, sort of...


'This is a book with high ambitions - it tries to do many things and pulls them all off - tender, sad, but also tense and exciting. An excellent read.' Anthony McGowan

About the Author

Catherine Bruton

After graduating from the University of Oxford, Catherine Bruton began her career as an English teacher and later went on to write feature articles for The Times, among other publications. She started writing fiction while teaching at a school in Africa, inspired by the children she was working with, and the culture that surrounded her. She still teaches, and her pupils continue to be one of her main sources of inspiration. We Can Be Heroes is her first novel for Egmont. Catherine lives near Bath with her husband and two small children.

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496 pages
Interest Age: From 12


Catherine Bruton
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books

Publication date

1st August 2011




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