Hero on a Bicycle
author: Shirley Hughes
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?
Thirteen-year-old Paolo Crivelli dreams of being a hero in Nazi-occupied Florence. . . . A superb historical thriller. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)