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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.
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
|Publication date:||3rd May 2012|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Historical Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2015. Shirley Hughes has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She began to write and design her own picture books when she had a young family and has now published more than two hundred titles. Shirley's first novel, Hero on a Bicycle (9781406336115) was published by Walker in 2012, and her critically acclaimed adventure, Whistling in the Dark was published in 2015. She lives in West London. Click here to read more about the author.More About Shirley Hughes
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