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Author: Shirley Hughes Narrator: Charlotte Cole Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9781536685633
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Legendary author Shirley Hughes draws on her young teenage memories for a compelling novel of friendship and mysteries set in Liverpool during the Blitz.

Liverpool, 1940: Thirteen-year-old Joan's home is under constant threat from the Nazi's terrifying nightly air raids. Everyone is on edge, faced with strict food rationing, curfews, and blackouts. It’s not an easy time to be a teenager. Joan’s one solace is going to the movies with her best friend, the unflappable Doreen, but when the bombings intensify, even that becomes too dangerous. There’s also the matter of a strange man who Joan sees lurking near their home; Who is he, and why does he think Joan can help him? Even more unsettling, as the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery down by the old mill that will tear the whole community apart. In the hardship of war, everything seems to be rationed—except true friendship.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hughes brings the period to life as she weaves an entertaining and touching story around the small, everyday preoccupations and the all-pervasive fears of the war.”

    Guardian (London)

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About the Author

Shirley Hughes has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. 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.

About the Narrator

Charlotte Cole was born in Bristol, England, but spent her more formative years in the picturesque County of Devon. Charlotte is a recent graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also studied a summer at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa. Charlotte’s most recent voice over credits include Rally On! and the short film The Sentient.