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The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of Aholocausthero
Contributor(s): Hoffman, Amalia, Fedele, Chiara (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1684460638     ISBN-13: 9781684460632
Publisher: Capstone Editions
    OUR PRICE: $17.95  
Product Type: Library
Published: August 2019
Annotation: "Once a skinny and weak child, Gino Bartali rose to become a Tour de France champion and one of cycling's greatest stars. But all that seemed unimportant when his country came under the grip of a brutal dictator and entered World War II on the side of Nazi Germany. Bartali might have appeared a mere bystander to the harassment and hatred directed toward Italy's Jewish people, but secretly he accepted a role in a dangerous plan to help them. Putting his own life at risk, Bartali used his speed and endurance on a bike to deliver documents Jewish people needed to escape harm. His inspiring story reveals how one person could make a difference against violence and prejudice during the time of the Holocaust"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cyclists; Italy; Biography; Juvenile literature.
World War, 1939-1945; Jews; Rescue; Italy; Juvenile literature.
Cyclists; Italy; Biography.; sears
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Military & Wars
Dewey: 796.6/2092
LCCN: 2019000202
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 11.25" W x 0.50" (1.10 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 July)

Gr 3–6—Gino Bartali transformed from skinny kid to beloved national hero when he worked hard to become the best cyclist in Italy. On his 17th birthday, Bartali began to enter cycling races. By 21, his relentless dedication and determination opened up new opportunities. Using his fame as a Tour de France winner to his advantage, he delivered documents that helped Jewish people escape the Nazi regime. Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, the archbishop of the church in Florence, recruited Bartali to assist in this lifesaving mission. Although aiding Jewish people was a crime punishable by imprisonment or death, Bartali believed that this form of political resistance was more than worth the risk. Hoffman's clear writing and Fedele's lush illustrations make the heavy subject matter of the Holocaust comprehensible to younger readers. The story of how an ordinary boy became an extraordinary athlete is enough to pull in those reluctant to read about the Holocaust. The book shows that anyone can use their unique skills to be a hero. The up-to-date bibliography lists a variety of sources including books, documentaries, and news articles. VERDICT Hoffman offers an accessible biography about a little-known athlete and Holocaust hero; a much-needed addition to historical collections.—Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL

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