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.

Hero on a Bicycle Synopsis

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.

Hero on a Bicycle Press Reviews

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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ISBN: 9781406366174
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406366174
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406366174
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781406366174
Publication date: 1st November 2012
Author: Shirley Hughes
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Shirley Hughes

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.

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