Hero on a Bicycle

By Shirley Hughes
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763660376, 213pp.)

Publication Date: April 23, 2013

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Description

In her first novel, beloved author Shirley Hughes presents a World War II adventure proving that in extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things.

Italy, 1944: Florence is occupied by Nazi forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope, though — and neither have thirteen-year- old Paolo and his sister, Costanza. As their mother is pressured into harboring escaping POWs, Paolo and Costanza each find a part to play in opposing the German forces. Both are desperate to fight the occupation, but what can two siblings — with only a bicycle to help them — do against a whole army? Middle-grade fans of history and adventure will be riveted by the action and the vividly evoked tension of World War II.




About the Author
Although Shirley Hughes has written and/or illustrated more than fifty children's books and is one of the best-loved writers for children, Hero on a Bicycle is her first novel. She has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her distinguished service to children's literature. In 2007, her picture book Dogger was voted the United Kingdom's favorite Kate Greenaway Medal?winning book of all time. Shirley Hughes lives in London.
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