Teenage Charlie has always hero-worshipped his grandfather, who was one of the Battle of Britain pilots. But when he starts tracking down his grandfather's old wartime chums, he discovers that his hero belonged to the fascist Blackshirts before the war - and there are photos to prove it. His grandfather at first denies it, but Charlie is determined to get him to face the truth, though it nearly breaks their relationship. And Charlie has to come to terms with the fact that even heroes can make mistakes. He learns this again when a friend of his becomes pregnant, together with the fact that however much you want to be a hero, sometimes there's nothing you can do to help.
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Pete Johnson worked as an English teacher and a film critic for Radio 1 before becoming a full-time writer. He is a well-known and popular author across age ranges. THE GHOST DOG, for younger readers, won the 1997 Young Telegraph Award. Pete is a popular visitor in schools and libraries. He lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire.From AudioFile:
What happens when you scratch the surface of a hero? Stuart McLoughlin's compelling portrayal of Charlie, an alienated, grieving teenager, seeks to answer this question. Depressed over the death of his father, Charlie is feeling like an outsider until his beloved grandfather agrees to share his experiences as a WWII Royal Air Force fighter pilot at Charlie's school. Charlie's pride turns to disillusionment and then horror when he learns that his grandfather also belonged to a fascist organization known as the Blackshirts. McLoughlin's rendition superbly expresses Charlie's emotions as he confronts his grandfather, discovers past truths, and finds forgiveness. This intense story has parallels for those who have ever discovered that their own heroes are not without fault. M.H.N. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Puffin, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110141318171