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A Bit of a Hero

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Tom is finding it hard to come to terms with the death of his father and life just gets worse as Mum meets a new man and a bully joins his class at school. Unkind people say that his firefighter father ought not to have risked his life in a blaze when he had a family to support, but Tom knows that his father was a true hero. Will he find the same courage within himself to ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Andersen
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Jan 08, 2011 C rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, childrens
Gervase Phinn's style of writing is so accessible, that anyone from 10-100 could enjoy this book, especially if they have had a problem with bullying. Tom's dad has just died, and he is struggling to get back on track with school, a new boy has just started and is giving him, and all his classmates hell.
Tom's mother is always there to support him, but to stand up to the bully, Tom goes it alone, along with the advice from his new friend Roy. Phinn's way of writing a bully is very believable and
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Gervase Phinn (born 27 December 1946, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England) is an English author and educator. After a career as a teacher he became a schools inspector and, latterly, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside. He has published five volumes of memoir, collections of poetry and a number of books about education. He has a particular interest in children's literatur ...more
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