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Guardian Review

Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes, reviewed by Mary Hoffman

The book has a deliberately retro feel, which I hope won't put young readers off. The font size and the protagonist's age suggest a readership of nine or 10 but the language - excuse the pun - takes no prisoners, and there is a higher proportion of exposition to dialogue than this age group has come to expect.

But it's an exciting story, well told, by someone with a strong feeling for the time and place. I hope it finds the right readers in today's crowded market. Any girl or boy who has ever gone freewheeling down a hill towards an unknown adventure should be among them.

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