Hero-Type by Barry Lyga

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Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic “Support the Troops” ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin, who hadn't thought much about it up to then, becomes politcially engaged, suddenly questioning what exactly supporting the troops or even saying the pledge of allegiance every day means.


About Barry Lyga

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Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry lives and writes in New York City. His website is www.barrylyga.com.
Published January 18, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 309 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kevin Ross, aka Kross, receives a key to the small town of Brookdale and a free car from the mayor for heroically rescuing his schoolmate (and crush) from the hands of a murderer.

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Teen Reads

Everyone wants to know why he doesn’t support the military, or why he is “un-American.” Kevin knows that supporting the military is about more than putting magnets on cars, and he starts asking teachers, the administration and other students to think about the meaning of rituals.

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And when his dad, whose murky past in the armed service is a forbidden topic at home, freaks out and tells him to get rid of the magnets, Kevin tosses them in the trash and still doesn't think too much about it.

Jul 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Hero-Type

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Kevin Ross (AKA ‘Kross’) has been hailed as a hero by everyone in his home town, though Kevin knows he really isn’t a hero.

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