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Product Description

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? A gripping and powerful story of war and courage by a classic name in children’s fiction.

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781406336108

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Date published

May 3rd, 2012

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.0; Middle years; 6.0 points

Condition

New

UK edition

Author/Illustrator

Shirley Hughes

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    Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 8 July 2013

    I really enjoyed this war-themed book, with a twist. At the moment I think the war story genre is saturated with terrible war books. But this war novel is absolutely brilliant. The aspect of the story that made it better was that it was not set in Britian, Germany or France like other war novels. Instead this book was set in Italy, which means this book is behind enemy lines and does not see that much action, but when it does- it is action packed! I quite like the fact that it wasnt a book full of war as it does get repetitive sometimes! This meant that there was a lot of room to get to know the characters. My favourite scene was when Poalo and Constanza were walking home from the town square when a mine is set off and a massive explosion rips the ground apart. My heart was beating fast at this point because as I turned the pages throughout the next chapter I was dying to find out if anybody had died. My favourite character is Joe who is an escaped prisoner of war. The italian resistance sent him to the Crivelli family until he could escape the country. As the family was put into danger by doing this he said that he would leave to avoid trouble, fortunately for him the family insisted he stayed- no matter what danger he would put them in. Later we find that the secret police has shot a crucial character in the books storyline. Obviously you will have to read the book to find out! I rate this book 10/10, a fast-paced page turner!

    Ben, aged 13

    5out of 5
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    TwilightTeamEdward
    on 27 January 2013

    I really love this book because it’s full of adventure and truth. it also shows courage and hope through war

    5out of 5