Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes

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...it's an exciting story, well told, by someone with a strong feeling for the time and place.
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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 Shirley Hughes

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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. Hero on a Bicycle, written in her eighth decade, is her first novel. She lives in London.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Candlewick. 224 pages
Genres: War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Monica Edinger on May 10 2013

...Paolo with his bicycle is only one of many heroes in this dramatically told historical novel.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mary Hoffman on May 04 2012

...it's an exciting story, well told, by someone with a strong feeling for the time and place.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 16 2013

The townspeople, a dog and even Paolo’s bicycle play a role in the resistance movement, though the dangers and the realities of war are always tangible in this fine novel. A superb historical thriller.

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