Hero on a Bicycle
Written by Shirley Hughes
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Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story 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
It 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? It offers 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. It is a wonderful first novel from the internationally revered Shirley Hughes; a modern classic in the making.
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
It is a very exciting wartime story, and I am sure it will be a great success. Judith Kerr
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1st November 2012
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