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Poppy's Hero

3.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
When Poppy discovers that her father Frank is in prison, she is angry and bewildered. Seeing her wonderful, heroic father in a London prison looking pale, subdued and in prison clothes, she suddenly has a brilliant idea: to free her father. She and her friend Will invent all kinds of escape ideas for him— until she hears that he has been removed to a prison far away on an ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Liz
Jan 03, 2013 Liz rated it liked it
Poppy’s Hero is a children’s book about a girl who is dealing with her father being put in prison. Overall, I thought it was a fairly well written book. Poppy has a hard time dealing with it in the beginning, but later on her friends seem supportive. They hatch a plan to help her dad escape prison because Poppy believes he is innocent. I thought that it made sense that Poppy was trying to get her dad out of prison because it was her way of coping, however, adults in the book, and other men in pr ...more
Brittany
Oct 24, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children
I won this book for free from the Goodread's First Reads giveaway.

Poppy's Hero is the author's fifth childrens novel. From an adults point of view I would of rated the book 3 out of 5, but trying to judge from a childs perspective I would think 4 out of 5.
The audience the story is directed for is child to preteen, maybe even teenagers.
I thought the whole story was really good. I felt bad for all the characters in the book that were affected by Big Frank going to jail. Since his crime in the boo
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Aisha
Sep 18, 2012 Aisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in the First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.

And I am so glad I did. This is a novel about a girl whose father ends up in prison. Poppy is obviously a daddy's girl and is heartbroken that her hero is behind bars. I really enjoyed this novel because it was very real. The way Billington describes prisons, prisoners, and the affect it has on their families is really realistic. And the emotions in the book were just so accurate. This shows how the other side to prisoners, as opposed to j
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Lacey Louwagie
Oct 24, 2014 Lacey Louwagie rated it liked it
This book addresses an important, yet underexamined, issue -- namely, what happens to a child when her parent is incarcerated. Characterization was well-done, particularly in Poppy's parents (her Polish mother Irena and her gregarious father, Frank) and her friend Angel, a "veteran" of the experience of living with incarcerated parents. The book's ability to humanize the whole prison experience -- from a child's desire for her parent to be innocent to her fear over being searched down and subjug ...more
Tango Librarian
Poppy's Hero is a great book. Poor Poppy finds out that her father has gone to prison, and she is left at home with her mum who seems to be quite moody and difficult to live with. Poppy discovers she has a friend who can help her and together they spearhead an investigation into the whole mess. Great teen reading!
Lil Jen
Feb 12, 2013 Lil Jen rated it really liked it
Poppy is struggling to be a school girl while dealing with a rough family situation. The man she's always considered her hero is sent away to prision, and Poppy must let her friends find new joys in life. Touching story and gives the reader a look into a station of life that is not thought about often.
Sian
May 10, 2013 Sian rated it did not like it
Thought this book was rubbish. It is very badly written and it is confusing trying to understand what age it is aimed at. It seemed patronising...
Niki
Dec 13, 2012 Niki rated it did not like it
Never finished wasn't intriguing enough
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