Best-loved children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice as well as the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award for her services to children’s literature.

Hero on a Bicycle is Shirley’s first novel.

In extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things

Italy, 1944: Florence is occupied by Nazi German forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope of liberation, though ‒ and neither have thirteen-year-old Paolo and his elder 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?

“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

Hero on a Bicycle is available as a paperback wherever books are sold.




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