Hero

Mike Lupica
Fourteen-year-old Billy Harriman can feel the changes. The sharpening of his senses. The incredible strength. The speed, as though he can textmessage himself across miles. The confidence and the strange need to patrol Central Park at night. His dad had been a hero, a savior to America and a confidante of the president. Then he died, and the changes began in Billy. What Billy never knew was that his father was no ordinary man-he was a superhero, battling the world's evil. This is a battle that has been waged for generations and that knows no boundaries. And now it's Billy's turn to take on the fight. It's Billy's turn to become a hero.

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Reviewed: 2016-09-24
I read this book because some of my students gave it glowing reviews on their summer reading project. Although I see the appeal of the book, it is not necessarily one of my favorite young adult books and I assume that Mike Lupica is better at sports writing. Having said that, it has a coming of age/ figuring out who you are feel that most people can connect with, almost a Spider-Man type vibe except with a younger protagonist. If I were to teach this book, which is very unlikely, I would focus on two big themes. The first big theme is good vs. evil: what makes a person evil? Does a person have to do evil thins to be evil? What makes a person good? The second theme I would focus on, especially for middle school is the theme of growing up and figuring out who you are. I think I would have a writing piece in the middle of the book be "What would you do in Zach's place?" before any of the big reveals at the end of the book.
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