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We Can be Heroes

Written by Catherine Bruton

Debuts of the Month Featured Books for 11+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on We Can be Heroes

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.

Catherine Bruton took inspiration from various sources when writing the book: the kids she teaches who love manga, a boy she met whose father had died in the 7/7 bombings and an article she had written previously about children whose parents died in the 9/11 attacks. This is what gives the novel such depth and integrity, and makes the voice really shine. In some ways, Catherine’s writing reminds me of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s work: she delivers a cracking rollercoaster of a plot, beautifully observed and full of unforgettable characters. We Can Be Heroes is a novel with heart and soul and real staying power that offers something to everyone from 11-111. It’s Catherine’s first book for children and young adults (her second, Pop!, is coming in 2012) and I have no doubt that readers will fall in love with it just as much as I have.


We Can be Heroes Synopsis

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...

We Can be Heroes Press Reviews

'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


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ISBN: 9781405256520
Publication date: 01/08/2011
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405256520
Publication date: 1st August 2011
Author: Catherine Bruton
Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont Childrens Books
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, eBooks

About 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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