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The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero
The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero
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The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero

by Amalia Hoffman
Illustrated by Chiara Fedele

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.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-6
SubjectMilitary, Biography, Sports
Trim Size11 x 9
Page Count40
* Available on 8/1/2019



School Library Journal - Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL

"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. . . .Hoffman offers an accessible biography about a little-known athlete and Holocaust hero; a much-needed addition to historical collections." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2019

Kirkus Reviews

"Fedele's illustrations in mostly dark hues will appeal to sports fans with their action-oriented scenes. Young readers of World War II stories will gain an understanding from the somber wartime pages. What makes one person step into danger to help others? A question worthy of discussion, with this title as an admirable springboard." - Kirkus Reviews

May 15, 2019

Amalia Hoffman

Amalia Hoffman

Amalia Hoffman is an author, illustrator, and storyteller. Her board book Dreidel Day was selected as a PJ Library book and received the PJ Library Author Incentive Award. Two board books, Astro Pea and All Colors, followed in 2019. Here other books include The Klezmer Bunch and Purim Goodies. Amalia designed and illustrated Rose Bud, an oversized book with pop-up elements, for Israel’s children’s theater, The Train. Her article “Queen Esther and I” was published in Highlights Magazine for Children in March 2016.             Amalia grew up in Jerusalem, Israel, and now resides in Westchester, New York. She frequently presents her books in schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centers.  

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