Hero on a Bicycle
Written by Shirley Hughes
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May 2012 Book of the Month. Best-selling illustrator Shirley Hughes writes beautifully in this gripping story set during World War Two. Living in Italy during the occupation by the Germans, Paolo and his sister Constanza long to do something for the fight to keep Italy free. They are only children and their only asset is one ancient bicycle but their spirits are indomitable! Shirley Hughes captures the thrill of this very important adventure. This beautifully jacketed edition has a linked website with historical details about the Second World War in Italy, including period photographs, videos and music, as well as interviews with the author, extra illustrations and much more. This is a wonderful first novel from the internationally revered writer Shirley Hughes; a modern classic in the making.
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Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
This is a gripping and moving first novel by one of the world's best-loved writers for children. In extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things...It is 1944 and Florence is occupied by Nazi German forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope, though - and neither have Paolo and his sister, Constanza. Both are desperate to fight the occupation, but what can two siblings do against a whole army with only a bicycle to help them?
Shirley Hughes talks about what it was like to write her first novel in this video:
'A thrilling and moving tale, set in a wonderfully tendered background of war-torn Italy. Danger abounds, but so do love and courage. I enjoyed it enormously.' - Philip Pullman
'A very exciting wartime story.' - Judith Kerr
'An exciting story, well told, by someone with a strong feeling for the time and place.' - Mary Hoffman in The Guardian
'Shirley Hughes is one of the all time greats.' - Today
'She will be remembered for the warmth and humour with which she has captured the fast changes in the family through the second half of the twentieth century.' - The
Guardian on Shirley Hughes
About the Author
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3rd May 2012
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