(From the publisher):
Letta, born and brought up in London, knows little of Varina - the tiny Balkan state where her parents both grew up. She learns the language and loves the old folk-tales, but she's British - not Varinian. Or is she?
For as Eastern Europe plunges into chaos following the collapse of communism, Letta's grandfather - who bears the same name as Varina's legendary hero - becomes a figurehead for calls of independence for the tiny nation. Filled with enthusiasm, Letta joins a group travelling to Varina for a 'culture festival' - only to be met by soldiers with guns. Suddenly the whole bitter, deceitful history is as real as yesterday and Letta realises with horror how fragile they are as a nation - how easily broken by the shadows of the past...
(from the publisher)
Original title: Shadow of a Hero
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Europe
Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Multicultural