This is a book with real energy.
The story is about a real big issue…. set in the streets of East London where different communities live and work together. But for one boy, whose father is deeply involved with a fascist group, life is hard. His friends are what really matters to him and yet he can’t seem to change his father’s attitude.
He hears a voice from his friend, Fatima, in his head, helping him, like a voice of reason when life gets tough, and tough it certainly gets. Especially when the street is filled with an intimidating march led by his father to drive non whites from their homes.
Fatima and her friends make a stand to stop the march.
Where will Georgie be? Whose side will he be on?
‘For a second I could hear cries of anger and confusion from some of the Fascists close by him. They were soon drowned out by an enormous cheer from behind me…….. But soon, like a receding tide, they all began trudging back the way they had come.’
Joe Layburn at his best, and with a flair for excellent story writing and dialogue that all children will relate to.
Street Heroes is a new publication from Frances Lincoln. This book deserves to be read by children and adults alike.
Joe had joined us at one of our City Stories events called Leyton Stories – a great success.