The Hero Next Door

William Alexander et al., ed. by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Crown, $16.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-525-64630-3
Compiled in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, this collection of 13 stories by well-known writers for young people showcases everyday heroes of varied gender identity, ethnicity, class, and neurodiversity who resolve a plethora of issues, both otherworldly and mundane. Among its most notable entries are Hena Khan’s “Home,” in which a girl named Aleena grapples with the wonder and frustration of living with her newly adopted little brother; Lamar Giles’s “Ellison’s CORNucopia: A Logan County Story,” in which African-American twin girls Leen and “Wiki” use their mechanical inventions and impressive memory, respectively, to solve the case of a stolen cash box at the local farmers’ market; and Mike Jung’s “Thrown,” about Stevie, an Asian-American martial arts student with autism, who struggles with the transition from kids’ to teen and adult aikido classes, and finds anchoring support from adults in his life, some on the spectrum. With central characters as diverse as the expansive, realistic worlds they inhabit, these accomplished stories triumphantly redefine the meaning of the word hero. Ages 8–12. (July)
Reviewed on : 06/20/2019
Release date: 07/30/2019
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 240 pages - 978-0-525-64633-4
Library Binding - 272 pages - 978-0-525-64631-0
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-9871-7543-1
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