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Whistling in the Dark – Shirley Hughes
Historical Fiction / March 22, 2019

“Liverpool, 1940: Thirteen-year-old Joan’s home is under constant threat from the Nazis’ 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, Doreen, but when the bombings intensify, even that becomes too dangerous, especially when a strange man is found lurking near their home. Who is he, and why does he think Joan can help him? As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart. In the hardship of war, everything seems to be rationed– except true friendship. From beloved author Shirley Hughes comes a compelling wartime adventure set during the Liverpool Blitz. (Description taken from the book: Whistling in the Dark. Story — Violence/Scariness — Bombings, a teenager is threatened with torture, a car tries to run over some kids, a car hits a kid and breaks one of his bones, a teenager is in a church when a bomb goes off and is injured, Joan’s mom gets sick, there is war, people are killed from the bombings. Language — God is used,…

Hero on a Bicycle – Shirley Hughes

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. (Description taken from the book: Hero on a Bicycle. Story — Violence/Scariness — A dog gets shot in the head a couple of times and his brain and blood ooze out and there is a jagged hole where his eye used to be, there is war, death, bombs, shooting, people say that people get tortured by the Nazis, a couple different types of injuries. Language — Hell is said twice, people curse but they don’t say the word e.g. “he cursed it long and hard under his breath.” Sex/Love — Teens loving…