Hero on a Bicycle

Version: Unabridged
Author: Shirley Hughes
Narrator: Simon Vance
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Published In: April 2013
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Florence, Italy, 1944: The city is under heavy Nazi occupation, but for thirteen-year-old Paolo, war is a long and boring wait. Too young to fight for the resistance, yet desperate for action and adventure, he sneaks out each night to ride his bicycle along the darkened city streets. For Paolo, the risk is thrilling. But when he is accosted by Partisans - covert members of the anti-Nazi movement - thrilling quickly becomes dangerous as Paolo and his family are thrust into a terrifying and impossible situation. Finally at the center of the action, Paolo must figure out once and for all whether he has what it takes to truly be a hero.

Author Details

Author Details

Hughes, Shirley

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.